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Topic: New Plans for a Central Valley Theme Park

Jim in Merced CA
Sun 8/26/2012 5:35p
Yahoo! Finally, a new theme park to rival Disneyland -- right here in America's Bread Basket.

Please read more about the proposed theme park called....wait for it..."Spirit of California"

More at the link.

If thing ever gets off the ground, I'll buy the first round of churros.

Heck, maybe we can take the high-speed rail.

Sorry, color me skeptical.

Mon 8/27/2012 8:46a
A new park with seemingly the same basic theme of... the last major park to open in California. But without access to Disney stuff and not located across the way from a place that already draws millions.

Color me skeptical too.

The idea is to build all this stuff in one area: "an amusement park, race track, casino, hotel, convention center, wine-tasting center, Delta marina and more." But are race tracks still considered a big draw in California? I know NASCAR is big, but in CA? Altamont has closed, which would seem to indicate that that area is not a hotbed of racing enthusiasm, and I still remember how Ontario was supposed to be the big rival to Indianapolis... that didn't last long.

Casinos do draw, but are becoming so ubiquitous lately... I'm not familiar with how close casinos are to the bay area, but I'm guessing not THAT far. Would another really be a big draw in itself? The hotel and convention center only work if the amusement park, racetrack, and casino themselves are successful.

Not saying it couldn't happen - the article doesn't put in a lot of details - but color me skeptical too.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 8/27/2012 9:32a
"But are race tracks still considered a big draw in California? I know NASCAR is big, but in CA?"

Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 8/27/2012 9:35a
"Sorry, color me skeptical."

I'm right there with you.
Mon 8/27/2012 12:03p

Well that's one track in the greater bay area... Altamont closed... so do you think they could support another?
Mon 8/27/2012 1:14p
The link isn't working here at work, just where is this place suppose to be built?
Jim in Merced CA
Mon 8/27/2012 1:40p
In Tracy, California.
Mon 8/27/2012 2:12p
I remember Gold Rush City that is mentioned in the article, which was talked about in the 1990s in that area. It was going to be a huge theme park that was western themed. There were several articles about it, and I think even some concept sketches, but then it vaporized.

This new park sounds similar. I'm skeptical as well.
Mon 8/27/2012 2:52p
Does it sound exciting if it is built?
Mon 8/27/2012 3:14p
The thing is, it has a starting point of "dwarfing Disneyland." When you set expectations that high, you have to really deliver something that would be not just a local attraction, but something truly world class.

I'm not saying Disney parks could never be topped, but it's going to take something incredibly well-conceived to do that. A cluster of extreme coasters won't do it, and so many theme parks soon become some variation of the Six Flags model because they're quicker and less costly to build.

I hope this project proves me wrong, if it ever happens. But there's not much to go on right now.

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