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Just a few I've thought of:

 

*Most of the Pacific Northwest, and I don't think they even have any major theme parks (mainly Seattle and I think Portland)

 

 

Some of these might have smaller parks I didn't know about but these are all places I think should get major theme parks.

 

We have an assortment of small theme parks (oaks, enchanted forest, etc) but the only actual roller coasters are in silverwood, which is 6 hours at best nonstop driving

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I know it would be difficult with all of the larger parks around here, but I'd really love to see another park in West Virginia, especially one that could use the terrain and wooded areas in its favor. If it were pulled off correctly, I think it could work if it were built near our cities. We were supposed to get a park called Wild Escape in Wheeling several years ago, but it's long died off. I believe there's a car dealership on the property now.

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Just a few I've thought of:

 

*Most of the Pacific Northwest, and I don't think they even have any major theme parks (mainly Seattle and I think Portland)

*Charleston SC, it's a favorite vacation spot for my family and it would be really nice to have an SFOG-like park but with more emphasis on the southern charm (could see Herschend doing this) complimenting the already really nice city.

Yes a Seattle area park would be good, but there would be an issue with so much rain.

 

Carowinds pretty effectively covers both Carolinas and even a little bit into Tennessee, but I do like the traditionally Southern themed park done by Herschend.

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Honestly, a place that could use a theme park that doesn't have one is maybe in northern Australia. It seems kind of random, but there's not that many parks in the country to begin with.

 

I think the understanding of a population density map would explain why there are none in Northern Australia.

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I know it would be difficult with all of the larger parks around here, but I'd really love to see another park in West Virginia, especially one that could use the terrain and wooded areas in its favor. If it were pulled off correctly, I think it could work if it were built near our cities. We were supposed to get a park called Wild Escape in Wheeling several years ago, but it's long died off. I believe there's a car dealership on the property now.

 

I'm from West Virginia and yes I agree it would be nice to see a park in the mountain state. Don't know about the rest of West Virginia but unfortunately in the Eastern Panhandle ( Martinsburg & Charles Town ) there is still a lot of that "..oh hell no..not in MY backyard" attitude there. 30 years ago there was talk about building a small family amusement park not far from the Berkeley Plaza Shopping Center. The locals killed the idea before the town of Martinsburg even had a chance to discuss the idea. Today nobody even remembers it. My parents can remember back in the sixties somebody had expressed interest in building a small park similar to Gettysburg, PA's long defunct Fantasyland near the Charles Town Races today's Hollywood Casino..that too died a quick death.

 

Though not West Virginia the city of Winchester, Virginia is only 9 miles or so from the WV boarder. About ten years ago the city was looking at turning the public swimming pool in their city park into a small scale waterpark. Winchester as I can recall even had the money for it too. Again unfortunately the old timers there fought tooth and nail to fight it only to succeed. Today that pool is well just that..a pool. Today if Winchester would look as much as having anything close to an amusement park no doubt too many of the locals would scream "remember MAGIC VALLEY FOOD N" FUN ??....we can't support one". Magic Valley was a small Jeepers like indoor family funplex and they had a small coaster. Even though Magic Valley is long defunct it was a number of reasons including landlord issues that sealed it fate. It wasn't due to lack of business which it received from not only Northern Virginia but the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia too...of course the foes would say otherwise. **sigh**

 

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I would like to see one come back to Middle Tennessee, but my guess is that will not happen. Due to Dollywood being 3 hours from Nashville. Holiday World just about the same distance. Also with Kentucky Kingdom opening back up. I think us Nashville folks, will be forever stuck driving.

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I totally disagree. Southern Illinois has a very small population, and Six Flags is sufficient for St. Louis. I don't think St. Louis could support two theme parks.

 

I actually think that a park could be pulled of here in Southern Illinois. A lot of people don't realize that this area has great potential for tourism. It would definitely have to be geared more towards a waterpark than a theme park, but this area could support a small theme park IMO.

 

Speaking of a theme park in Southern Illinois, I've always dreamed of having one in front of the Garden of Gods with the rock formations looking over it.

 

My fantasy theme park would go right bellow these rock formations.

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Dublin, Ireland. The closest thing to a theme park we have is Funderland, that only comes every December and January and Tayto Park. Which has no rides. Just climbing towers, obsticle courses and a zip-line. Dublin dosen't really have anything for teens. WHY??

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Maybe this could be filed in the "out there" files but after looking over a map of the U.S. I can't see why a mid-sized park couldn't open in Omaha, which seems like a sizeable enough city to support one. Only competition is Adventureland in Des Moines.

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byIrishCasual » Mon Dec 09,2013 6:37 am

 

Dublin, Ireland. The closest thing to a theme park we have is Funderland, that only comes every December and January and Tayto Park. Which has no rides. Just climbing towers, obsticle courses and a zip-line. Dublin dosen't really have anything for teens. WHY??

 

I completely agree. I'm originally from Dublin. It is nearly the same latitude as Alton towers so i don't see why we don't have one. If weather is the problem then an indoor one would do just like the adventure dome! One was proposed a few years back but never got planning permission.

 

Now living in Sydney i also feel that Sydney could do with one. While luna park is cute its old and cant really expand. With nearly 10 million visitors a year it does have the foot traffic for a good themed park. I have to say that the ones on the gold coast feel more like amusement parks.

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I think that there are a lot of smaller cities that might not necessarily need an entire theme park but could do with a nice tourist attraction like a ferris wheel or something.

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Call me crazy, but somewhere in NY. Maybe 25-30 minutes outside of NYC. I know Great Adventure is close but there are tons of tourists in NYC, as we all know. If you think about it, people would make a small trip to the park. SFGAd is about an hour and 15 minutes from NYC depending on traffic. Since I live 5 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, I kind of have some experience. That's just me. I personally think it would be successful.

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Well being from eastern Nebraska and having no major amusement park that is close enough, I would say Nebraska/western Midwest needs a major park bad.

I would argue against this. A small amusement park in Omaha, sure. But the population of the Midwest is focused on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. For this reason there will not be a major park west of Kansas City and east of Denver. Quite simply there's no one around to use it.

 

Besides, you can always go to Kansas City, about three hours from Omaha. I'm about the same distance south of KC, very doable trip. I've actually driven all the way to Omaha and back in a day for a concert, about 10 hours total. So eastern Nebraska is pretty well served by Worlds of Fun alone, not to mention Adventureland is not that much farther.

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Call me crazy, but somewhere in NY. Maybe 25-30 minutes outside of NYC. I know Great Adventure is close but there are tons of tourists in NYC, as we all know. If you think about it, people would make a small trip to the park. SFGAd is about an hour and 15 minutes from NYC depending on traffic. Since I live 5 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, I kind of have some experience. That's just me. I personally think it would be successful.

 

Not enough people to make it a good and profitable idea.

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Yeah that would be a hard sell. Most tourists visiting NYC are coming in from other cities/states/countries/etc. Getting to a park outside the city would be a difficult day trip for someone visiting the city. That and like you said, SFGAD is close by and if someone wants something closer Coney Island offers a good day trip for someone staying in NYC.

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^That and the proposed American Dream Mall Complex is supposed to include an indoor year round park. Once the mall owners and the local football teams stop fighting about traffic problems in the area I expect this project to get moving.

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Well being from eastern Nebraska and having no major amusement park that is close enough, I would say Nebraska/western Midwest needs a major park bad.

I would argue against this. A small amusement park in Omaha, sure. But the population of the Midwest is focused on the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. For this reason there will not be a major park west of Kansas City and east of Denver. Quite simply there's no one around to use it.

 

Besides, you can always go to Kansas City, about three hours from Omaha. I'm about the same distance south of KC, very doable trip. I've actually driven all the way to Omaha and back in a day for a concert, about 10 hours total. So eastern Nebraska is pretty well served by Worlds of Fun alone, not to mention Adventureland is not that much farther.

 

You make a great point on that. Thinking about population there is nothing west of Omaha to Denver and nothing north of Sioux City. I did not think about that most population in upper midwest is in Missouri and eastern Iowa.

 

I would retract my statement and state that I would love to see Adventure Land expand a little more.

 

The drive to KC is nothing. I goto school in STL and have to drive to Omaha a few times a year and it is not bad at all.

 

Haha, b!tch please. SOUTH DAKOTA. We don't have a SINGLE coaster.

 

If I get rich, I will build an amusement park in South Dakota!

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