IAAPA Expo opens in Atlanta
Written by Robert Niles
The annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo is convening this week in Atlanta. I'm hoping to get some on-scene reports from Theme Park Insider readers, which would be posted here on the Blog Flume, later this week. If you're in Atlanta, please send us your impressions of the event here.Tweet
Among those in Atlanta are representative from Garden Grove, Calif., the suburb just down the road from Anaheim. They're looking for theme or water park companies to build in their city, in yet another attempt to grab some of Anaheim's tourist business. (See TPI's I-Drive West and casino stories.)
The Orange County Register story linked above includes a quote from some theme park webmaster you might know. It didn't make the story, but I remarked that a water park would be Garden Grove's best bet for immediate financial success -- *if* it was done well and opened before Disney was able to get its long-rumored Anaheim water park in development. Otherwise, the theme park industry, as it stands now, is consolidating. It's a brutal, expensive, competitive business and given that there's already a major park for sale in the Southern California market, I don't see any high-quality player who's looking to build a new resort area in the region. And if you can't bring high quality in this business, you're not gonna survive anymore.
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