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Postby eomaha » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:41 pm

An update... looks like we'll have to wait a while longer.

We will not have the roller coaster for the 2006 Summer Season, but anticipate it will be next year.

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Postby joeglow » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:07 pm

I like Fun Plex, but darn is it expensive. And you cannot get a summer pass from what they post at the park. Going there 3 times costs more than a summer pass to Oceans of Fun.

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Postby djc311 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:24 pm

Fun Plex charges what they do because they CAN. However, even though they will be indoor water parks, I believe the venues being added to the Days Inn in Bellevue (which we may become part of) & the park at the 72nd St. exit on the interstate will both at least "dent" the water park attendance at Fun Plex. And, after people soon realize they're a much less expensive trip with more water park attractions, I will then expect Fun Plex to either reduce their admission fees or try to grow that part of their business.

But, as mentioned above, they have no where else to go. Another thing that stinks about FP is the fact that they close their park off to "regular" visitors too many times during the short outdoor amusement park season. If a company like FDR or Con Agra rent the park, they'll shut down the whole thing early for them. With as many Fortune 500 companies as we have here in Omaha, that can equal out to about 1/10 of the season (exaggeration!)

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Postby Stargazer » Sat Dec 09, 2006 1:17 pm

Just got this brief response back when I inquired with Fun Plex about the status of their roller coaster...

Still in the works!

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Postby OPlaya » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:03 pm

Ah yes Fun Plex.  Many a summer day spent at the Woodmen company picnic when I was a kid going with my mom.  I thought the place was okay but not spectacular.  Go cart rides are nice but having a coaster would be even nicer which is why I rather go to KC.  Also I do agree they are landlocked there's no way they can do any significant expansion without moving somewhere west or south of where there at now.

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Postby Stargazer » Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:47 pm

They've updated their website... and their 'history' page ends with... "In 2007 we are planning lots of great changes, and we hope you will be there with us to share in the exciting news ! ! !"

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Postby Uffda » Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:11 am

Use this program to design a roller coaster for FunPlex. It works really well

http://www.nolimitscoaster.com/

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Postby Uffda » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:31 pm

Construction photos

Opening Day May 19th (depending on weather)

http://www.fun-plex.com/CONSTRUCTION_IS_UNDERWAY/

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Postby Brad » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:53 pm

Nice... I need to get my camera down there tonight.
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Postby Stargazer » Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:24 pm

Yes!

This is bigger news for me than... well... the Urban Tightfitters store.

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Postby Brad » Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:27 pm

Stargazer wrote:Yes!

This is bigger news for me than... well... the Urban Tightfitters store.


At least I am not the only one!  

Jeff, think you could get a video camera on front car when it opens for a youtube video?
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Postby Brad » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:03 pm

Well here are some pics from tonight... However I was VERY disappointed when I saw the size in person.  I know its a start for an ok park, but I had my expectation set a lot higher.  I believe this is going to be a very similar coaster to the old Galaxy down at Peony Park, which is now up in the north east somewhere.

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Postby Stargazer » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:07 am

I miss Peony Park.  If we're even a little closer to THAT... I'll be happy.

Obviously it will take an entirely new park, built on a much larger scale to satisfy our Worlds of Fun/Adventureland needs.

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Postby the1wags » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:38 am

So let me get this right, this massive 65ft coaster is bigger news than the first big name retailer to come to downtown in 20 years? The one that's going to jump start the NDT area? Just checking.

Sarcasm aside, I don't understand why this city can't seem to land a "real" amusement park. Seriously, between the Omaha and Lincoln metros we have something like 1.2M people but we don't have something on the order of even Adventureland in Des Moines? What is wrong with that picture?

Regarding Funplex, I haven't been there and probably won't be going there anytime soon. That said, if someone enjoys going there and is excited about the big changes there, more power to em.

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Postby Stargazer » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:21 am

Heh heh... I'll clarify... I'm much more excited about such a big retailer coming downtown (than this little coaster)... but for me personally, Urban Outfitters means SQUAT.  Honestly, I didn't even check out their merchandise until it was confirmed they were coming downtown.  Definitely a generation 'gap' here.

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Postby the1wags » Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:16 am

:) I suspected as much Jeff, I just wanted to be an instigator. Truth be told, I also probably won't be frequenting the Urban Outfitters either. Im not in the market for an $89 hoodie or $150 too tight jeans, not my style.

Anyways, back to the Funplex additions.

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Postby djc311 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:53 pm

What I find amazing is that Fun Plex can maintain their control of our size of market, even though they are closed about one weekend a month due to "corporate events". Due to its size, they close half or more of the entire park for larger business gatherings, which is somewhat of a turn-off to the general public. Plus, for the pricing of the admittance, you could go into an Adventureland or almost a Worlds of Fun.

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Postby Stargazer » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:13 pm

Call me an idiot, but I'm still trying to figure out who goes to a store just to buy chocolate. :)

But seriously, I guess until someone puts up the hundred plus million to build a higher end amusement park, they will ALWAYS have an audience in Omaha.  And I for one, am happy I don't have to drive the family 2-3 hours just to get an afternoon's waterslide/'motion ocean' fix.  I look forward to the added roller coaster attraction.

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Postby djc311 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:15 pm

Stargazer wrote:Call me an idiot, but I'm still trying to figure out who goes to a store just to buy chocolate. :)

But seriously, I guess until someone puts up the hundred plus million to build a higher end amusement park, they will ALWAYS have an audience in Omaha.  And I for one, am happy I don't have to drive the family 2-3 hours just to get an afternoon's waterslide/'motion ocean' fix.  I look forward to the added roller coaster attraction.


If I had the millions to drop on it, I'd build one in a heartbeat! Someone like Buffett won't touch them because when you look at companies like Six Flags, they've been hurtin' for a while now!

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Postby Stargazer » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:22 pm

So you have hundreds of thousands to drop on otherwise failing chocolate stores??  

HA... no, just kidding!  Sounds like you're a fantastic businessman!

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Postby DTO Luv » Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:54 pm

How do amusement parks get built? I can't think of many that are built from the ground up. It seems they usually expand from parks that were smaller decades ago. Considering Omaha has torn down every amusement park we've ever had (Peony Park, the one in Benson in the early 1900's) I can see why one hasn't taken off. Maybe one day Fun-Plex will get to the point where they can afford to acquire more land and build bigger rides.
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Postby djc311 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:02 pm

Stargazer wrote:So you have hundreds of thousands to drop on otherwise failing chocolate stores??  

HA... no, just kidding!  Sounds like you're a fantastic businessman!


I don't know which comment hurts worse - the idea I have hundreds of thousands of dollars, or the "failing" chocolate stores comments. OUCH!!!!!

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Postby mattg » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:11 pm

 I would like some chocolate now.

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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:49 am

DTO Luv wrote:How do amusement parks get built? I can't think of many that are built from the ground up. It seems they usually expand from parks that were smaller decades ago. Considering Omaha has torn down every amusement park we've ever had (Peony Park, the one in Benson in the early 1900's) I can see why one hasn't taken off. Maybe one day Fun-Plex will get to the point where they can afford to acquire more land and build bigger rides.


I think Fun-Plex is a little late if they are going to acquire too much more land?  a decade ago there was a lot of empty land around there, now with all the infill I just don't know if they are going to be able to afford it.  They should build it up in North Omaha , it would be a great economic boos for the area.

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Postby Uffda » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:52 am

Well that would bring business to the North -- but what are you going to do with all the people who live there?

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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:59 am

A lot of that area is old industrial, and my circle wasn't exact.  There won't be that many displaced.

However, those houses are worth a lot.  Give those people a little break.  Give them about 10 grand more than their house is worth, let them move up a bit and its a win win for everyone.

The wags and I drove up 30th and down 24th on Sunday afternoon.  Just south at 24th and Lake is great, we need to extend that north to the new amusement park.
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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:35 pm

Um no. That's a pretty built up area. Build north of there where no one would have to be displaced.
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Postby the1wags » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:14 pm

Yeah I don't think that would fly putting it in there. I always think the industrial area from behind the Hotshops, east of 16th street, south of the west end of Carter Lake. BIG redevelopment. Close to downtown, the airport, jobs for North O, etc.

Something like this. Yeah I know, super pipe dream.

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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:20 pm

No, that's where my extension to carter lake goes!!!  However on the west side of carter lake along the lake I have always thought was good.
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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:23 pm

by the way.... Built up?  apparently I should have taken some pictures.
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Postby Uffda » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:31 pm

Give them about 10 grand more than their house is worth, let them move up a bit and its a win win for everyone.


I am sure an added $10,000 would really let them move up a bit  :roll:

As for the industrial --- maybe within 2 blocks of Ames north and south and from Florence to 26th - but the rest is mostly residential.

Plus where are you going to put all the hotels and restaurants that would want to be be close.  Of course there is always the added feature of the drive-bys at 30th and Ames.  :shock:

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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:36 pm

What drive bys on 30th and Ames? God you're ignorant. I lived 2 blocks from there for 3 years and never had one shooting incident. heck there hasn't even been one since I moved or a good amount of time before then. :roll:
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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:41 pm

While I probably did not pick the most ideal location in North Omaha, I defiantly think there is a lot of good room up there for an amusement park, and it would greatly help out the area to have a major attraction in the area, like Uffda said, besides the park, it would bring restaurants and hotels to a very under servedpart of town.
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Postby Uffda » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:10 am

Actually DTO there have been a couple reported in the last year or so and I am not putting the area down as I worked in the area up in until this year.

Although maybe not a driveby Here is one report off of WOWT although their report isnt dated -- i think it was last summer.

Tuesday night, shots were fired at 30th and Ames and police found the victim at Creighton Medical Center.

Someone drove 20-year-old Larry Green Jr. to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Upon further research -- this happened elsewhere but was originally posted as 30th and Ames.

there is this one although the link won't work.


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As for the hotels and restuarants that would be displacing more people. Wags's area is probably a little better choice although people living close might not care for the noise and traffic that the park would create.

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Postby bmo372 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:25 am

I drive past fun plex on my way to work every morning and never even saw the construction going on. As of this morning, it looks that the main structure is complete and they are now working on the rails and supports.
I guess being awake before I drive to work would be a good thing from now on.

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Postby Coyote » Sun May 27, 2007 1:29 am

[font=Georgia]Fun Plex debuts new roller coaster[/font]

Omaha World Herald wrote:Fun Plex named its roller coaster The Big Ohhhh! on Saturday with the help of a Bellevue woman.  Fun Plex, 70th and Q Streets, opened for the season on Saturday. Deborah Trivitt, a spokeswoman for the amusement park, said the Big Ohhhh! is the only roller coaster in Nebraska.
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Postby Coyote » Sun May 27, 2007 1:45 am

[font=Georgia]Fun-Plex to open new roller coaster[/font]

Omaha World Herald wrote:The Italian-made ride has 600 yards of track and a 50-foot drop, with individual cars holding four people each. The park also has an expanded go-kart track with new go-karts and a renovated miniature golf course.
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Postby Uffda » Sun May 27, 2007 8:41 am

The Big Ohhhh!


A couple of my female friends were laughing about name of this roller coaster last night.   :lol:

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Postby Linkin5 » Sun May 27, 2007 10:54 am

any pictures???

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