Have any of you seen their website? Screamscape updated today with a link to their list of attractions, so check that out. If the pictures are accurate, Timber! (the woodie) will be an Intamin Prefab and Widowmaker (The major steel coaster) will be a Vekoma death machine.
Leviathan - "I am a B&M, I am clearly not the father. I305 is not my child." Millennium Force - "Yes he is Maury... I am 100% sure" Maury - "Leviathan ..... in the case of possessed juvenile I305 .... you are not the father! Maverick - (giggles with guilty grin)"
This is the link from screamscape's website. They also posted the website link on Grand Texas facebook. I really like the flat rides they have listed. Grand Texas should be closing on the land very soon since they want a 2015 opening.
Developers announced Monday the purchase of a roughly 600-acre piece of land in New Caney for the Grand Texas Theme Park and Big Rivers Water Park. The attraction would bring a Texas-themed amusement park, water park, equestrian center and retail center that aimes to fill a void left by the former Astro World.
A group of investors purchased the overgrown, heavily wooded land between US 59 and Texas Highway 242 this month. Construction is slated to begin by the end of the year with a projected completion by 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to reach a major milestone in the birth of Grand Texas,” said developer Monty Galland. “We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to bring unique attraction to visitors in the Houston area.”
Chuck Hendrix, CEO of Innovation Leisure Partners, the group that is to manage the park, said Houston is the most under-served market for amusement parks in the United States.
“This is a huge, huge market,” said Hendrix, a former Six Flags executive who managed Astro World. “Never before have you had a major theme park depart a market and then be gone for six years with nothing to replace it.”
There are also unrelated plans for the dinosaur-themed Earth Quest, only three miles away, in the works. The project has received millions in sales tax revenue bonds.
Hendrix said Grand Texas has not received any public money at this point.
Frank McCrady, president and CEO of the East Montgomery County Improvement District, said Grand Texas will be allowed to utilize a “venue or gate tax.” The customers will be charged a tax at that gate and the developers will be able to take to to 10 percent to help recoup costs, McCrady said.
It will also be allowed to have a parking tax fee to use to build additional parking facilities, he said in a recent interview.
McCrady said Grand Texas could create 300 to 400 ancillary jobs. He does not see the new park as a conflict with Earth Quest. He compared the two parks to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disney Land in California. In this scenario, Earth Quest would be Disney Land, and Grand Texas is Knott’s Berry.
Hendrix would not go into specifics on the cost of the projects in a recent interview, other than saying it would be “well into nine figures” and that the price tag is a moving target. Galland told the Chronicle in February, however, that the cost of the water park, theme park, amphitheater and paintball arena would cost $119 million. The other developments, which include the retail area that can house restaurants and hotels, will add $95 million to the overall cost.
Developers project first year attendance to be around 665,000 to eventually reach about 1.8 million after several years.
-Cindy Horswell contributed to this report
Sounds like Houston will finally get a theme park.
I'm super stoked for this. It seems like these guys have the right idea and they seem to have all of their ducks in a row. This has the potential to be a neat park, and I really want to see a new amusement park succeed in America for once. Fourth time's the charm?
"Developers hope an empty, heavily wooded plot of land in New Caney will transform into a thriving entertainment district by 2015- complete with a theme park, water park and a new dining and music scene and more elaborate attractions.
Construction will begin on the Grand Texas Theme Park in October to be ready for a grand opening in March 2015 if all goes according to plan, said Monty Galland, a pre-development manager for the project.
Developers and officials in Montgomery County will close by the end of April on land on State Highway 242 and U.S. Highway 59, about 15 miles from the Woodlands and 10 miles north of Kingwood.
The cost of the water park, theme park, amphitheater and paintball arena, which will be supported by Galland's group, will cost $119 million. The other developments, which include restaurant and hotel areas, will add $95 million to the overall cost. The project was discussed at a Feb. 14 board meeting of the East Montgomery County Improvement District. Developers project first year attendance to be around 665,000 to eventually reach about 1.8 million after several years.
"It's designed to focus on the residents of Houston," Galland said. "There is no large-scale park north of the Interstate 10 freeway. ... We really feel like there is a void in this area."
Galland said the idea is larger than a theme park and conceives of an entertainment district, complete with a water park, an amphitheater, a baseball stadium and a shopping and dining area."
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