Published: June 27, 2007 at 10:22 PM
I've been following the progress of this park since I first heard about it 6 months ago. And judging by the previous articles, (which can be found in the Houston Chronicle archives) I have reason to be very optimistic about the developers intentions to make this a quality park.
The park is still years away and a lot of things could change before this park becomes a reality, but I was very pleased to hear Don Lessum say that he and the developers (Project Rex LLC) intend to maintain the natural beauty of the area. That's great news because the area is a heavily wooded pine forest. I hope Lessums statements mean that the park will have a lot of shade. Not only will the trees help cool the park in the brutal Houston summer heat, but heavily wooded parks are beatiful, add atmosphere, and usually make the whole experience nicer.
I'm also optimistic about the quality of EQA based some other comments Don Lessum has made about this park. He uses words like "This is the culmination of my life's work," and "I want it to be done right. I'm not interested in compromising." Given his credentials with Disney and Universal, this is the kind of person I am glad to see behind this project. I think EQA will be a better park with someone guiding it who has a vision, as opposed to a corporation that is only interested in building cheap and making a fast buck.
I'm also excited to hear about the amount they are spending on this park. They are spending $100 million dollars more on EQA than it is costing to build the new Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach. HRP looks pretty fantastic from the model and sketches I've seen. So, I expect this park to be at least as good and hopefully better (in terms of rides and attractions).
I think it's about time that Houston had a theme park it could be proud of. I miss AstroWorld, but I think this new park has the potential to be much better than AW ever could have, especially while it was under the management of Six Flags.