Was just curious I know San Antonio is not too far away but for a city that is rapidly growing in population I was wondering why Austin doesn’t have its own theme park. I see their region will be getting a kalahari indoor water park next year do that doesn’t necessarily count as a theme park. But do you think Austin can support a small park the size of perhaps Elitch Gardens, Six Flags America or even Knoebels Theme Park in PA?
When much larger cities like Miami or Houston don't even have a medium sized park at the moment, do you think it makes sense for Austin to have one? As you said, San Antonio is not far away and you have Six Flags & SeaWorld there, and don't forget you've also got ZDT's not far away either.
Having a theme/amusement park isn't just about city size and population. It's about can the market support it. Austin's demographics don't seem to fit the bill for a theme park...it's a capitol city, college town, and tech town.
Ignoring the fact that Austin, even tho the State Capitol, is mainly a College Town (with several big Colleges here that greatly increase the population - temporarily). . there are many options close by:
San Antonio is 1:20 away (Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World San Antonio) New Braunfels is 45 minutes away (Schlitterbahn) Seguin is 55 minutes away (ZDTs) Arlington (Dallas/Ft Worth) is ~3 1/2 hours away (Six Flags Over Texas) Katy is ~2 1/2 hours away (Katy Mills' Typhoon Texas waterpark) Houston is ~3 hours away (Grand Texas Theme Park when it opens, FunPlex (smaller rides, but rides) previously had Astroworld as an option) Galveston is 3 1/2 hours away (Pleasure Pier) Kemah is ~3:10 hours away (Kemah Boardwalk).
Austin already has several smaller water parks (Volente Beach, Typhoon Texas (in Pflugerville). . not to mention Lake Travis), and a few "Entertainment complexes" including Pinballz - the Lakecreek location has Bumper Cars, Go Karts, Escape Rooms, Laser Tag, and several 4D "rides"
they will never build a theme park here, even a smaller one. There are simply too many other, bigger, options close by.
the closest we ever got was "kiddie acres" which survived for many years as just a place to hold birthday parties, before finally shutting down a couple of years ago.
Honestly, I think its less about market size and about something much more simple and borderline stupid:
Has a park in some capacity existed there for decades? If so, that will be the park that you go to. If not, you're SOL. Better start traveling. Companies don't like to build parks generally. They usually buy up parks that already exist. So much of the real estate in America is already accounted for or protected in some capacity. You have to acquire a lot of land that is relatively close to population centers, and that's kind of tough to do.
Why are there parks in San Antonio and not Austin? Well, years ago, people decided to put parks there, and that's that. Yeah, people were talking about ZDT, but that parks is so small and insignificant that it doesn't really register as the kind of park that you're probably thinking about. If it was your home park and nothing else, you might go a few times, but it won't be anything Earth shattering for you.
Too Fast For Comfort wrote:Why are there parks in San Antonio and not Austin? Well, years ago, people decided to put parks there, and that's that. Yeah, people were talking about ZDT, but that parks is so small and insignificant that it doesn't really register as the kind of park that you're probably thinking about. If it was your home park and nothing else, you might go a few times, but it won't be anything Earth shattering for you.
trying not to be harsh, but there's simply no way around this: You're being stupid.
don't be stupid.
why does San Antonio have a Six Flags and a Sea World? - because it's the 7th largest city in the USA (and the 2nd largest in Texas) - there are MASSIVE military bases located there, with a built in year round populace who often frequent the parks/Riverwalk/entertainment areas. There's a reason San Antonio is frequently referred to as "MC" (Military City) instead of "SA" -- the City is full of historical significance (Missions, including the Alamo, are UNESCO world site designated) -- the City hosted the Worlds Fair in 1968,and Hemisfair tower (Tower of the Americas) still stands there.
that's just off the top of my head.
learn about the City, before you make a sweeping stupid comment like the above
Too Fast For Comfort wrote:Honestly, I think its less about market size and about something much more simple
Yeah, I just don't think you really know that much about how theme parks and their demographics work. Probably best to leave that stuff up to the professionals and you should stick to just riding coasters, throwing your arms up in the air and screaming like a little girl!
San Antonio makes a lot of sense... it is a tourism city. It already has Seaworld. Add that to SFFT and now you have a multi day stay. San Antonio also has the Riverwalk and the Alamo. San Antonio then benefits from only being an hour away from Austin and 30 minutes to San Marcos and Schlitterbaun's. Austin and SA combined are about 4 million people= half the size of DFW or Metro Houston.
I would think if any Texas city gets a Park it would Houston, Then El Paso. El Paso/Juarez is hours away and is almost as large as the others. Let Austin have it's music festivals, etc....No need for a Park there.
Don't get me wrong- I would love to see Cedar Fair or Warner Brothers build there- just don't think it will ever happen.
So your saying their’s a zero percent chance that Austin will get an amusement park in the near future like in the next decade or 2 decades from now? I mean Round Rock which is very close to Austin considered a suburb is getting a Kalahari Indoor Water Park resort I believe next year. The City is receiving a Major League Soccer club called Austin FC will begin playing in 2021. Austin just seems like an up an coming city that just continues to grow you just the economy is not good enough to even support a smaller theme park? I’m saying the size of Elitch Gardens in Denver. I know it makes sense to not have a park in Austin because the city is about music concerts and all but just to have some summer fun. I looked up the driving time from Austin to San Antonio and it takes 1 hr and 28 minutes to get their. Do you think Austin residents would want to drive that far just to go to an amusement park and consider that their home park for Austin residents? I don’t think so I could be wrong but a local park should be at least 25 minutes in your home city driving distance wise. A high speed train service would be nice to connect Austin to San Antonio which I heard could take as little as 8 minutes to get their if the economy in Texas is good enough to have high speed rail in the first place. Anyway if a Austin theme park never comes I think future transportation to Austin would be a winner here because like I said not all Austin residents want to drive an hour and 28 minutes to get to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio.
I mean Round Rock which is very close to Austin considered a suburb is getting a Kalahari Indoor Water Park resort I believe next year. The City is receiving a Major League Soccer club called Austin FC will begin playing in 2021.
An indoor waterpark/hotel is not the same as a theme park. An indoor waterpark/hotel can work because the people in town for business will dump their families off at the park on their companies dime. Or people just wanting to have somewhere to enjoy pools/water parks year round. Much lower operating costs as well.
The MLS demographic is definitely NOT a theme park demographic. It's perfect for a college/hipster town, because that is MLS target market. Again, sports and theme parks have different demographics.
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