Earthquest Adventures- A New Theme Park ResortIt appears to be a combination of Future World in Epcot and Animal Kingdom. It bills "Disney" quality attractions and unique Earth based entertainment in a completely green resort.
From Skipper AdamThere has been a large theme park development that has been ignored in large. Just outside Houston Texas is a massive construction of a theme park called Earthquest Adventures.
Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM
It appears to be a combination of Future World in Epcot and Animal Kingdom. It bills "Disney" quality attractions and unique Earth based entertainment in a completely green resort.
Larger than the Universal Florida property, it will have a hotel, convention center, water park, shopping districts and commercial retail space and when completed, it will have a big spot on the world theme park map.
Some people have questioned the location, pointing out the failure of the Hard Rock theme park. But Houston can be just as viable as Orlando, with a massively large population, a brand new interstate running past the property and two international airports.
Take a look at the link and let's hear what you think of the project.
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Lauren HayhurstHey! It looks brilliant, huge and interesting. If I lived in US I'd defo give it a go.
Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:41 AM
From Nick MarkhamThe reason it has been ignored is there has been no progress on it other than some fancy concept art for years now.
Posted October 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM
From Andy MilitoSounds pretty neat!
Posted October 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM
From Lauren Hayhurst^ Nick - that's a shame. They were some really nice pictures though!
Posted October 19, 2011 at 4:50 AM
From Nick Markham^I agree, but it is very difficult these days to build that kind of resort when you aren't Disney or Universal. It is a miracle even Paramount is getting as close as they are to Paramount Park in Spain.
Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:02 AM
From Skipper AdamConstruction has begun, it is just taking longer than their time table planned for.
Posted October 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM
From James RaoI'm with Nick on this one... when we see some significant progress, we'll be all over this park, but right now it is still too Blue Sky. In fact, wasn't it over a year ago when they broke ground for construction? Yet we've seen nor heard nothing else since. Furthermore, the budget for the project keeps getting cut, and if the recently announced $300 million is all they are going to spend, then they are NOT building anything close to EPCOT. "Disney quality" does not come cheap. Earthquest will be more like a small, very small, Six Flags or Cedar Fair park.
Posted October 20, 2011 at 3:12 AM
Don't get your hopes up, gang. *Sigh*
From Jorge ArnoldsonHouston is partially a good idea because fans of the lone gone Astroworld haven't had a theme park to visit in years (other than the two SF parks in TX).
Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM
From Jeff ElliottI hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the company in charge of building this new theme park has filed for bankruptcy.
Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM
While they are going through a chapter 11 reorg instead of a chapter 7 liquidation, it does not look very good for the future of this park.
From Eric SI know this sounds arrogant, but this sort of reminds me of the DisneyElement park I did for the finals of NWD like two years ago. This would make my life if it got completed.
Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM
From Heather DobrottI have been researching the people behind this Dino Disaster. The records for the LLCs and individuals involved and the EarthQuest Institute charity filings are all posted here:
Posted January 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I have conversed with area residents and a project insider. This deal is quite a complicated mess as it stands. Frank McCrady knew that there were serious questions about the developer Marlin Atlantis and brushed my concerns aside. At this point those LLCs referenced above are still on the contracts for this park and only the LLC holding the property is in bankruptcy.
Why the EMCID didn't check this group out more carefully millions of dollars ago I can't imagine. Why is the local media not investigating this?
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