New Park in Houston Area (Grand Texas Theme Park)

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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby ernierocker » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:00 pm

johnychen wrote:I saw pieces of the Greezed Lightnin at Larson International, Inc. near Lubbock over the summer. That's where the roller coaster museum is at the moment. I believe they had refurbished the trains and everything was kept in good shape. Originally it was going to Joyland who bought it but then recently Joyland was trading Greezed Lightnin with Cliff's in New Mexico for another ride. I guess Grand Texas must have bought it.

If it does come back it would be 10 years since Greezed Lightnin ran. Looks like Houston may finally get a major amusement park.


Yup, it's installation at Cliff's had been delayed/canceled so it is highly possible Greezed Lightnin' is returning to Houston!
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby Jew » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:06 pm

Hriscay wrote:
BigBomer wrote:
Meteornotes wrote:Anyone know if there's a team already in place for their baseball stadium?

I still don't understand why Houston would need two minor league teams... ;)


I still don't understand why LA or NY need two Major League Baseball Teams....


That's a terrible comparison. The Angels are in Anaheim, with a local population base of 3 million in Orange County. The LA/OC region has a total population of 13 million.

The Mets are in Queens (local population of 2.3 million for JUST that borough), and the Yankees are in the Bronx (1.4 million). The region? Almost 20 million.

Houston? 2 million in the city and 6 million for the entire region.

Going to be tough for them to support two minor league teams with a smaller population base. Though you could argue the Astros already are their second minor league team... :lol:
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby IronWolfman » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:17 pm

I think Cliffs' realized that they don't have any room, which is sad because they could have used Greezed Lightnin'.

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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby larrygator » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:24 pm

I shocked that people are speculating on rides based on concept art!!!!

Oh wait, I'm not surprised.




As far as minor league baseball teams, many survive in close proximity to each other in metro areas smaller than Houston. And less I realize the premise of the original minor league baseball comment was to mock the Astros, not to debate minor league baseball team placement.
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby BigBomer » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:24 pm

Jew wrote:Though you could argue the Astros already are their second minor league team... :lol:

That's what I meant, then I remembered Sugarland had a team... anyways we're off topic. I'm excited to see this get closer and closer. Fingers crossed for the Shuttle loop.

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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby Geauga Dog » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:49 pm

It's nice that we finally have some sort of idea of what the park's layout would be like and have a rough idea of what rides may be included.

The aerial shot of the park site seems to put it in the middle of other development which kind of has me thinking NIMBYs will begin to oppose everything the park wants to put in once the gates open.

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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby Ed Farmer » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:02 pm

Jew wrote:Though you could argue the Astros already are their second minor league team... :lol:


They are. I was a bit disappointed to hear that MLB decided to move them over to the AL rather than Colorado or Arizona. For a team that made it to the World Series within the last decade, they are a sad sight.
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby ernierocker » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:11 pm

larrygator wrote:I shocked that people are speculating on rides based on concept art!!!!

Oh wait, I'm not surprised.




I would normally agree with you but a shuttle loop is a one-of-a-kind ride and having a concept showing a shuttle loop on the park map is overwhelming evidence that one is planning to be built.
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby larrygator » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:17 pm

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larrygator wrote:I shocked that people are speculating on rides based on concept art!!!!

Oh wait, I'm not surprised.




I would normally agree with you but a shuttle loop is a one-of-a-kind ride and having a concept showing a shuttle loop on the park map is overwhelming evidence that one is planning to be built.


OK, fair enough on the Shuttle Loop situation, but commenting on the silhouette of a wooden coaster in concept art seems very speculative. Maybe Robb can ask manufacturers at IAAPA if they have submitted RFPs for this proposed park.
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Re: New Park in Houston Area

Postby Mrlittle » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:30 pm

The Astros still manage to sell tickets. I know its a shock to some. The Sugarland Skeeters actually do decent in ticket sales. I have a friend who works the organization and stated that just the population around Sugarland is enough to keep the stadium going. I have personally been to two games and it was busy at the ball park. I think there is enough business to support another baseball team. Perhaps the Stros will move one of the minor league teams to that stadium. I'm not to worried about the baseball stadium since its supposed to be one of the last things built.

Greezed Lightnin used to be listed on www.rides4u.com but now it is not. Hopefully because it was sold to Grand Texas.
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