Six Flags in Florida??
Does and will Six Flags ever go to Central FL and go head to head with Disney and Universal as it's now wanting to be known as a "family" park under the new ownership. What kind of rides could we expect there too?
It's been rumored for years that Six Flags owns properity in the Central Florida area. Just curious as to if anyone things Six Flags will ever step up to the plate and go against Disney and Universal in it's own backyard. Now with ownership and wanting to be known more as a "family" park. IOA is as close to a "thrill" park as Central FL has.
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From Erik Yates
Posted October 19, 2006 at 2:30 PM
There were all kinds of rumors of every kind of Six Flags coming to Florida. The biggest one was in the "town" of Tradition. There is a five mile tract of unused land that would have been perfect for it, and as a matter of fact they were in talks to do it. That before bankruptcy protection and all. I dont think it would work very well, because of the strong theme park influence in Orlando. If it did get business, it would only be as an after thought. No, I think we'd be much better off with a mall of america.
From Erik Yates
Posted October 19, 2006 at 2:32 PM
That would be a total disaster for Six Flags.
Interesting idea, but highly unlikely!
Though how about in Miami?
two words.....no money
They are too broke to undertake such a thing, and even if they did, it would be dead last in the area given Six Flags recent track record.
Not even Miami?
From Matt Hill
Posted October 22, 2006 at 2:23 PM
I'd say they have to save themselves out of debt before they go building more parks. It would be kind of a dumb idea to go into an even more debt crisis. They are selling some of their already successful parks, so why would they start one from scratch now? They need to wait until they get their heads out of debt. Maybe in the future?!?
I wouldn't build a park in Miami. First, too much possibilty for bad weather and weather damage. That means huge insurance premiums and endless repair. Second....way too hot in the summertime. You think it's hot in Orlando? People go to the beach in the summer. Third, I've always considered Miami to be more of an adult playground. Unless you built a new version of 1920's Coney Island, I don't think a park would do that well. I love Miami, but don't really see a park flying down there.
Ok, good point!
From Erik Yates
Posted October 23, 2006 at 3:32 PM
Hurricane damage isnt a big concern, no more than it is in Orlando. What is a big concern is actually getting people off the beach and out of the clubs and malls to go to a park. Why go all the way to Miami when Orlando is closer?
Well if Six Flags is in Orlando they will have to significantly drop their prices or not make any money since Disney and Universal will dominate not to mention Sea World!
Orlando is already flooded with plenty of parks. It really makes little sense for a company with no current holdings in the area to build a park. Too much money to get started the right way...unless someone wants to sink about 1.5 billion into some virgin swamp land. The only decent place to put a new Orlando park is towards the east on I4. Daytona Beach is in a bit of a slide lately. I'm sure they would love to have a park closeby.
There's been rumors circulating around these parts here in Florida lately that Six Flags owns property in either Pasco County or Hernando County and have plans to build a park here in the future.
A park out by Daytona wouldn't be that bad of an idea. Theyve been trying to clean up the city and mainly Bike Week making it more family friendly. They'd have major draw in that area seeing as how they're a lot of people who visit Daytona to see the raceway, the beach, races, Bike Week, airport right there, and they'd be able to stay open all year. True insurance would be high because of the weather that they get but it could pay out big time.
Well, it could be a cheaper version of Universal or Disney World for people who can't afford these two big names. However, the prices are not all that different though Six Flags usually gives lots of discounts (especially up here)
Best Theme Park Deal? Season Pass to Six Flags (at least Great America!)
I'm praying for Six Flag's own sake that they don't build a Florida park.
From Erik Yates
Posted November 1, 2006 at 2:53 PM
They tried a WATERPARK in Miami years ago, and it failed. How can that have happened? But it did. Orlando has the market covered in theme parks. If they wanted to open one up,they could go just outside of it and do a super smashed compact park like Universal has. That just means no big record breaking coasters.
After Six Flags builds their Orlando park, they can start on their next conquest...Toledo! Oh yea, they tried that already in Aurora (Geauga Lake).
my dad owns a tree company and he said they were builing it soon. he is going to put in the trees
wow... fake, or what? Just ship 'em without ruining? Also, this whole "SFF" seems a lot of "baloney", but I kinda believe that.
From dylan k
Posted November 15, 2008 at 6:29 PM
From what I heard they were supposed to build one in Ocala which is in Marion county central florida, but they never did.
I have heard rumors of a SF being built off of I95 right near St. Augustine, but my parents heard those rumors 18ish years ago, so they probably aren't true.
Six Flags long ago made the mistake of overexpanding, and that is the root of their current troubles. They thought they could thrive by building or buying amusement parks everywhere, and they were sadly mistaken. They should definitely stay away from the most fiercely competitive theme park market in the world: Orlando. Maybe they could do ok somewhere else in Florida, but they should probably get their fiscal house in order first.
Well I started this thread over 2 years ago and it's still going LOL. Here is something interesting from the Orlando Sentinel I found on Scremscape that does talk about FL in one of the questions. It's the 3rd question. Says interested but not yet...
You trivia buffs may be interested to know that Six Flags waterpark in Miami years ago was called "Atlantis". I remember seeing a brochure for it a very long time ago. Nowadays, Six Flags (and other park chains) can learn some lessons from Hard Rock Park - be very careful about building near the beach!
Ok hold on to your hats there has been alot of activtey going on off Hwy 52 north off I75 in wesly chapel area there is a 42; gas pipeline being instaled in that area i have been talking to other truck drivers who are bringing in material to that area for staging a new theme park is in the works
Isn't Six Flags going threw budget cuts yet again? I doubt they'd be building an entire new park from the ground up, that simply isn't the companies style. The come in and take over rather then ground up build but I think everyone has heard that rumor. I've heard it being anyplace from where 75 and the Turnpike meet in Wildwood, To down past Yeehaw Junction, Off Naracoose in Orlando, Palatka and beyond.
Now don't get me wrong, I've love to see a true blue "Thrill Park" move in to Florida. However I'm not going to hold my breath for anything in the very near future.
The best way to know is check your local papers, in FL anytime something is build the paper will often post up the permits. If it IS a theme park they'll have to post dozens of notices for anything from height construction to noise notices.
From Tony Duda
Posted November 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM
That gas pipeline is all along the west side of I-75 down into Tampa. It's doesn't seem to be associated with any particular site. Florida has few miles of natural gas pipelines and ones have to be installed sometimes.
From steve lee
Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:55 PM
So the new Six Flags park will be powered by gas? AWESOME.
Maybe 6 Flags can be "investors" of the proposed Orland Thrill Park. Still not holding my breath for either, even though would love to see more coasters in Orlando. Luckily since I started this thread in 2006 we have gotten some coasters, but no coaster park yet....
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