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I'm not that old, but I still remember the days when most projects didn't have so much publicity, and enthusiasts had to be content with getting little snippets that popped up in the general news media. These days we expect full concept artwork, a detailed list of what rides will be included, and constant contact with the developers through social media.

 

Give em' a break. There's so little left to this project that we don't already know, and progress seems to be advancing well.

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Grand Texas Facebook update February 13:

 

It's beautiful weather today!

 

Grand Texas had to get over some government hurdles before we could get going. It took a little longer than expected, but today was our first MUD board meeting, and we are moving forward!

 

Thank you to everyone for your patience.

 

Stuff is happening folks.

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Grand Texas Facebook update February 13:

 

It's beautiful weather today!

 

Grand Texas had to get over some government hurdles before we could get going. It took a little longer than expected, but today was our first MUD board meeting, and we are moving forward!

 

Thank you to everyone for your patience.

 

Stuff is happening folks.

 

This is great news! Hope they are able to start construction soon.

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Has anyone heard any new updates?

 

They just posted a link to this new article on their Facebook page. SOURCE: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/innovation/02-21-14-new-astroworld-to-bring-live-animals-with-roller-coasters-ready-for-agritainment-at-houstons-theme-park/

 

Officials with the Grand Texas Entertainment District say that Lasso — the new Houston area theme park's cowboy horse mascot — will have some real-life animal companionship when the hotly-anticipated complex opens in 2015 . . . all thanks to a concept park designers are calling "agritainment."

 

Welcome to Flint Ranch, where horses, bison and longhorn cattle will graze beside the Houston area's first new roller coasters since the demise of AstroWorld. One of the New Caney park's seven Lone Star-themed zones, the 14-acre ranch area aims to tap into Texas' agricultural roots for low-key diversions ranging from horseback riding to a petting zoo.

 

"The unhurried pace and earthy theme of Flint Ranch provides a great change of pace in between the more thrill-oriented activities," Grand Texas manager Monty Galland tells CultureMap. "It's primarily geared towards younger guests. There is a combination of fun activities, entertainment and educational opportunities."

 

"Flint Ranch provides a great change of pace in between the more thrill-oriented activities."

A farm house building and barn will sit at the center of the ranch to offer pony rides, a hayloft playground and a chance for city slickers to try their hand at milking a live cow. Museum exhibits are geared to teach guests about Texas cattle and farming techniques, while Farmer Ed’s Tractor Trail allows park-goers to drive their own vintage-style tractor around a short course.

 

"There's even an opportunity to plant crops in select areas of the ranch," Galland says. "Guests can monitor their growth throughout the season and even help with the eventual harvest of strawberries, pumpkins, corn, berries and more."

 

Just west of the farm area, a large equestrian arena will house Grand Texas’ Best of the West Show, a regularly-scheduled performance similar to the over-the-top cowboy events made famous by "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Expect a blend of daredevil stunts, musical interludes and comedy. The venue also will host official amateur and professional rodeo competitions.

 

Located at the northern edge of the theme park, Flint Ranch can be reach not only by foot, but by boat, steam train and stage coach. Those looking to travel by horse can enjoy miles of equine-friendly trails beginning from the ranch.

 

After recently hitting a few municipal hurdles, officials with the Grand Texas Entertainment District say construction is moving forward. The full project — which includes the theme park as well as a shopping center, RV resort, water park, sports venues and two hotels — is projected to draw as many as two million visitors its first year and upwards of 4.5 million visitors by its fifth year.

 

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This question is totally unrelated to whats been discussed recently but could someone tell me is greased lightning going to be reassembled at cliffs amusement park or have all plans to rebuild it fell through?

 

Well considering the Greezed Lightning that Cliff's has was the one Grand Texas was looking at buying. I doubt we will see it reassembled anytime soon. Unless a park just buys it and spends the extra cash to repair it.

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So according to a Facebook comment on Grand Texas. Someone saw tractors near the site at the Flying J. Now of course this is just a gas station so they could just be traveling through. Grand Texas liked the comment and then asked if he had any pictures. Not sure what to make of this but it could be the start of ground work.

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And we got land clearing! These were some photos sent to Grand Texas who posted them today on their Facebook. Can't see to much but it's a start. They did state, they would try to get better pictures this weekend if the weather holds up.

 

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Drove by the site yesterday - there was some zoning-type notice posted, and a few pieces of heavy equipment. Some of the land that borders the area is, "surprisingly", now for sale - I do wonder about the flood plain in the area (there's a small creek that runs along one side of it). Obviously the investors and the local MUD have a better idea than I do on that, though!

 

I assume 59 will be the main drag to the place, but man do they need to start widening 242 ... two lane road as one of the two ways to the park = no bueno!

 

The entire tract of land is trees, so here's to hoping that they do some take some care and don't just clear cut it.....they have a pretty unique opportunity here (considering it's 2014 and a giant market like Houston finds itself with no "major" amusement park).

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