Omaha Area Amusement Park?

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Postby agibson95 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:34 am

Coyote wrote:[font=Georgia]Park Permits Back On Track[/font]

Permits that would make the Wild Escape theme park a reality at The Highlands are back on track following a meeting Tuesday in the Wheeling office of U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va.  At the meeting, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh office promised to begin mandatory advertising for public comment on the permits “within the next week,” said Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton. If all goes well, he said the permits could be issued within the next 30 days.

“We have been telling everybody all along that the hold up was the permit process,” Wharton said. “Hopefully, we can move forward with it. We began the permit process a year ago, and our question to the Corps was, ‘How long does it take?’ It has taken longer than it should have, and the corps agrees with that.” It was in June 2006 that developer Steve Minard announced plans to build the Wild Escape theme park at The Highlands. He anticipates investing $200 million in the project, which he said has been delayed because of the lack of permits from the Corps.

Minard has said he is currently developing five Wild Escape sites throughout the United States. These are located in Ohio County; Omaha, Neb., and three other sites he has yet to announce. He also has said he is having rides for the parks manufactured not just domestically, but also in Germany, England, Italy and Argentina.


The Omaha one is supposed to open in the Summer of 2002. I cant wait!

Wild Escape Theme Park will offer year round family oriented entertainment with offerings for ages from two to 102.  Of course, we will have some of the world’s best rides and attractions, but there will be so much more.

Events will be included in park admission throughout the year including concerts, celebrity appearances (Come on Carrot Top!), seasonal festivals, craft fairs, antique fairs and more.

Food will include all the traditional fresh favorites such as corn dogs, fresh cut fries, turkey legs, burgers and pizza along with cotton candy, specially blended ice cream and chocolates.  Even more, there will be gourmet offerings and table service restaurants serving the best food in the region.

The adjoining hotels will have spas, restaurants and other amenities and will be attached to the indoor park and restaurants.  In the middle of winter, you can check in and have enough to do for a three day weekend.

The indoor offerings include Port of Call shopping and dining and the Islands indoor park and waterpark.

Outdoor includes Classic Nostalgia Park, Tropic Fantasy and Wild Child

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Postby Stargazer » Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:02 pm

This guy reminds me of the astronaut farmer.  I wonder if he has a single roller coaster car in his basement which he periodically sits in, with his eyes closed, imagining his Wild Escape dream.

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Postby djc311 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:55 pm

Stargazer wrote:This guy reminds me of the astronaut farmer.  I wonder if he has a single roller coaster car in his basement which he periodically sits in, with his eyes closed, imagining his Wild Escape dream.



ROFLMAO!!!!!!! :)

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Postby the1wags » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:14 pm

:lol: That is pretty funny and somehow seems likely. I wish someone could come in and get a big amusement park going in the metro.

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Postby joeglow » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:07 pm

AWESOME.

Looks like the financing may be coming along :sarcasm:


http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/co ... 05242.html

"For example, in Omaha, Neb., he has been waiting for nearly four years for state legislators to approve a law that would allow tax increment financing to be used in counties for development of projects such as his. Recently, something similar to TIF was approved, named the enhanced employment district, but it should work just as well, he said."[/right]

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Postby guitarguy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:42 pm

it will be nice riding my first legitimate rollercoaster ride when im 56 years old in good ol omaha!!!! :D

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Postby joeglow » Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:21 pm

guitarguy wrote:it will be nice riding my first legitimate rollercoaster ride when im 56 years old in good ol omaha!!!! :D

adam


I can't wait until he takes his roller coaster out of his super secret storage shed.

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Postby guitarguy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:57 pm

joeglow wrote:
guitarguy wrote:it will be nice riding my first legitimate rollercoaster ride when im 56 years old in good ol omaha!!!! :D

adam


I can't wait until he takes his roller coaster out of his super secret storage shed.


oh i know ! lol the one that he sits in and has a big screen tv in front of him playing a movie of a roller coaster ride haha

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Postby Ingersoll1978 » Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:31 am

It's really sad that the Wheeling media hasn't caught on to this idiot (Minard).  I wouldn't be surprised if he has some kind of mental illness.

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Postby Guest » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:28 pm

I remember hearing a couple years ago about a possible large-scale amusement park on the riverfront... did anyone else hear this?  This would be huge for downtown development because it would be a destination for a lot of tourists/downtown inhabitants.  Also, the only thing I remember thinking when I heard this was "where would there be enough land for this type of project on the river?"  Can anyone confirm this rumor?

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Postby Coyote » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:46 pm

Guest,

You must be thinking about Steve Minard (president of Metro Omaha Theme Park LLC) who first proposed a $70 million Wild Escape park for Council Bluffs but couldn't secure financing. He then proposed an amusement park to be built near the Mahoney State Park interchange along Interstate 80. He then backed out of that project also a few years back. Which created a forum buzz word "to be Minarded".
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Postby DTO Luv » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:00 pm

God that made you sound minarded Coyote.

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go Frankie Payne some homeless people.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:13 pm

Last night I Sokol-ed my oldest daughter and refused to negotiate about what we were having for dinner.  I was then Minarded by Mrs Tuna who fell asleep on the couch instead.

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Postby j4nu » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:57 am

It appears he is having better success elsewhere.

http://www.wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=view ... ryid=55171

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Postby Brad » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:01 am

I will believe it when the gates open!
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Postby Guest » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:58 am

what about placing it in the space between Cuming and Webster and 15th and 21st? I think that would be a neat space for something like that. imagine a Ferris wheel in our skyline, or a roller coaster swinging around the stadium during the world series...

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Postby Brad » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:02 am

I think Creighton owns most of that and is planning on building on it after modern equipment is moved.

Also, I am not sure there is enough room there.  I think most amusement parks have parking lots that big.
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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:52 am

Anonymous wrote:what about placing it in the space between Cuming and Webster and 15th and 21st? I think that would be a neat space for something like that. imagine a Ferris wheel in our skyline, or a roller coaster swinging around the stadium during the world series...


HAHAHA.  Good one.

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Postby Stargazer » Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:35 pm

Wild Escape Owner To Talk Business Today


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Postby thenewguy » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:19 pm

Minarded.  One of the best words to ever come from the forum.

It's so clever, i want to minard myself into using it in as many sentences as possible.
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Postby nativeomahan » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:44 pm

There is no/zero/zip $ to build a new theme park in this economy.

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Postby MadScientist » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:06 pm

StreetsOfOmaha wrote:
Anonymous wrote:what about placing it in the space between Cuming and Webster and 15th and 21st? I think that would be a neat space for something like that. imagine a Ferris wheel in our skyline, or a roller coaster swinging around the stadium during the world series...


HAHAHA.  Good one.



Maybe not so far off. Think bigger, and more north. There's lots of empty land north of the new ballpark.

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Postby DTO Luv » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:44 pm

I would love to have an amusement park of any scale DT. I think north of the stadium up towards Carter Lake would be perfect.
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Postby Linkin5 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:46 pm

No doubt.  Something positioned downtown like Elitch Gardens in Denver would be awesome.

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Postby the1wags » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:36 pm

I know this would cost a chunk to move tracks, clean up land etc, but think this is the ideal area for an amusement park, in the red area shown below. The blue area would be more hotels and etc.

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Postby justnick » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:42 pm

the1wags wrote:I know this would cost a chunk to move tracks, clean up land etc, but think this is the ideal area for an amusement park, in the red area shown below. The blue area would be more hotels and etc.



Something like that would be amazing. Not only for development of north downtown, but I'm sure, along with some current projects, something bordering 16th street like that would be such a huge jumpstart for a 16th street revival.

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Postby Bosco55David » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:06 pm

the1wags wrote:I know this would cost a chunk to move tracks, clean up land etc, but think this is the ideal area for an amusement park, in the red area shown below. The blue area would be more hotels and etc.


What all is inside the red now?

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Postby joeglow » Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:02 am

Bosco55David wrote:
the1wags wrote:I know this would cost a chunk to move tracks, clean up land etc, but think this is the ideal area for an amusement park, in the red area shown below. The blue area would be more hotels and etc.


What all is inside the red now?


Tons of businesses.

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Postby justnick » Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:48 am

joeglow wrote:
What all is inside the red now?


Tons of businesses.[/quote]

A couple empty warehouses. Some railroad bits. A cement Factory. And a Junkyard. It's east North Omaha, it's not like you'd be bulldozing strip malls.
Plus, I think Chubb Foods is in the red there, which is reason enough to have at it.

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Postby the1wags » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:11 pm

Taking a closer look, the below area could be made using the existing track on the west with a new alignment on the north side.

A few things to note.

A. Look how much of the land is already bare.
B. This land is very flat, so once the buildings were cleared out, you'd have little grading costs.
C. Proximity to downtown, the airport, hotels, etc.

Yes I realize it would be costly and is unlikely at best, but it makes sense in some ways.

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Postby thenewguy » Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:40 pm

it wont happen but i say do it.
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Postby Garrett » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:06 am

the1wags wrote:I know this would cost a chunk to move tracks, clean up land etc, but think this is the ideal area for an amusement park, in the red area shown below. The blue area would be more hotels and etc.

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Doesn't the state line cut right through the middle of that?
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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:42 am

Axel wrote:
Doesn't the state line cut right through the middle of that?


Yeah, and even if they did build a theme park there, it wouldn't be the first to straddle two state lines. Paramount's Carowinds in Charlotte straddles North and South Carolina.

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Postby nativeomahan » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:14 pm

Who needs a roller coaster or dodge-em cars when we have all these potholes to keep us entertained.  And no entry fee is required.

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Postby jimbo1969 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:20 pm

Why not a amusement park downtown by the casino!!!!!!  Oh wait the retards in NE didn't want a casino they take all the fun away so no amusement park either!!HAAAAA AHAAAAAA

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Postby DTO Luv » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:23 pm

Sure, but where is the casino downtown?
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Postby nebport5 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:17 am

An amusement park downtown would attract just as much trash as a casino.  Might as well level north downtown and take a big |expletive| on it.

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Postby DTO Luv » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:20 am

Well as long as the trash is leaving behind a couple hundred when they're here I'm fine with that.
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Postby nebport5 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:30 am

DTO Luv wrote:Well as long as the trash is leaving behind a couple hundred when they're here I'm fine with that.


well I was referring more to the litering of convenience stores/gas stations and fast food, thus destroying any aesthetic integrity.


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