What area really needs a theme park?

What are some places that inexplicably don't have any parks?
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What area really needs a theme park?

Postby let1gre » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:31 pm

I just did a quick search of the forums and didn't find a similar topic, so here goes:

What are some areas that really need a theme park?

I live in Charlottesville, Virginia, which is fortunate enough to be less than three hours away from 3 major theme parks (King's Dominion, Busch Gardens Europe, and Six Flags America). However, none of these are closer than 1 hour 20 minutes away. For a city recently named the "Best City in America to Live In", I would think we'd have at least a small park to open here. Any other locations that you live in that are just unfortunately far from any amusement parks, but are large enough to support its own?
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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby AMSmith » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:38 pm

Houston,Texas our nearest theme parks are 3 hours away.

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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby let1gre » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:50 pm

AMSmith wrote:Houston,Texas our nearest theme parks are 3 hours away.


Not counting the Kemah Boardwalk?
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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby ajc47 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:53 pm

Northern Florida has no parks either, save for one water park.

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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby ebl » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:58 pm

I don't live in either place, but I think both the Las Vegas area and the greater Phoenix area could use a better park than what's already there. The population can certainly support it.

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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby Columbia » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:07 pm

No doubt - Pacific Northwest. Closest parks are Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, CA) and Silverwood (ID).

Pyallup and it's single wooden coaster doesn't count. (It's only open for the State Fair, anyways.
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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby Zack44 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:22 pm

Long Island, New York. Granted we do have Adventureland in Farmingdale, but that place is a dump and doesn't offer much in the roller coaster department. By the way, I'm counting any of the Coney Island parks as New York City theme parks instead of Long Island parks.
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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby DBJ » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:34 pm

Vegas, to me was and still is a surprise on some level. They have a huge tourist base, a year round season. The only thing there now is Circus Circus, and scattered attractions around the area. MGM made a go of it on small scale a few years back. I suppose with So Cal having Disney, Cedar Fair, Seaworld, Legoland, Universal, SF - none of the major companies would build there because it would eat into their CA properties customer base.

I think Disney even rejected building a DVC there.

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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby QueerRudie » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:44 pm

Easy: Phoenix Metro. We've got one small park with two OD Hopkins coasters to satisfy an area of nearly 4 million people...

Despite the attempts to build a park south of here, which came to naut, it would be a good place for a semi-enclosed park, but I pipe dream on that one...

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Re: What area really needs a theme park?

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:09 pm

Even though it has some parks within a reasonable driving distance, the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area could use a park. They have the state fair every year in Raleigh and that thing is PACKED to the gills every night. It has a huge college crowd so it could easily draw in summer time employees, the area as a whole I believe has about 1.2 million people within an easy driving distance, and the weather is typically really nice. I've always thought a park would work well in that area.
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