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I won and you can't spell.

 

Srsly? I can't spell bc I use acronyms?

 

Just swallow your pride.

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Probably.

 

Now I know what Johnny Guitar must have felt like every time some two-bit character with a chip on his should blew into town looking for a fight. When will you punks ever learn? Oh well, I guess this is what happens when one's reputation precedes them.

 

Now go do your homework and let the adults talk about amusement parks in peace.

 

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http://www.click2houston.com/news/former-astroworld-gm-at-helm-of-new-theme-park-grand-texas/-/1735978/20889098/-/ka3dyf/-/index.html

 

I don't expect that this park will be everybody's cup of tea but I have to admire Chuck Hendrix for trying to make it up to Houston for the loss of AstroWorld.   Just think, if everything goes right, Houston won't be the largest metro in America without a theme park anymore. Welcome to the big time, Houston!

 

I agree. I am not feeeling this themepark! But atleast they are going through with building it. If it had a ton of rides I would be good with it, but I don't want to see horses and.....country stuff unless the rides are there to add to the experience! I wish EarthQuest was happening though. I'm also excited about this one: http://rcsentertainment.com/projects.htm

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Love 'em both. I think if built, they will complement each other very well. Two different themes. One celebrates a culture. One celebrates science. Just like in Southern California, one park celebrates dreams and the other celebrates history.

 

Houston is not known for it's family friendly entertainment venues. It is amazing to me that anyone (other than those who live near the park) would have any problems with a theme park being built near Houston, when we have NOTHING like this nearby.

 

I still think beggers can't be choosers when it comes to this sort of thing. Theme parks are just about IMPOSSIBLE to build these days. New ones don't come along everyday. Some people look at the lame video and think Grand Texas will be cheezy, hokie and cheap and maybe it will be, but I am just excited that there will finally be a place started that may have the possibility to grow and compete with the big guys one day. Getting it started is no small feat. Adding to it will be simple by comparison.

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I absolutely hate anything with the name Texas. So not cosmopolitan nor international. Sounds stereotypical.

 

Wow.  Speaking of self-loathing...

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Has nothing to do with self-loathing. Let's not make it deeper than what it is. I'm tired of Houston being depicted as a country cowboy town with nothing but cattle, cowboys and cowgals. I just want Houston to be more international. Come on, think outside of the box.

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I spent several years living overseas and when I would tell people I am from Chicago they often would have never heard of it. In general people had heard of New York (for obvious reasons), California (Hollywood), and Texas (Cowboys, country music, etc...) One of the major reasons I chose to move here was due to the culture. Texas has a wonderful and unique culture that is distinctly Texan. Rugged individualism, patriotism, pride of place, heritage, friendliness, and of course all of the cultural stereotypes. Maybe it's something many native Texans can't see because they're so used to it but many states don't have this. Honestly, what is Illinois' culture other than thinking of Chicago, or Iowa or Indiana or many other states.

 

I read comments on this site all of the time and hear them in passing where people complain of Texas culture, show disdain for it, or want it to change or go away. I don't understand this sentiment. Culture is what makes so many things in life unique and special. We live in an era of multiculturalism and it's often stated on this site how great it is that so many people from other countries live in Houston and bring a small part of their culture with them. Why doesn't that apply to the local culture? Why do so many say that "other" culture is good but Texas culture is bad?

 

Trebelino, what good is cosmopolitanism or internationalism without the individual parts that make up those concepts (read: cultures). I'm not trying to attack you or argue with you, I just truly don't understand the double standard and I'm not just referring to you.

 

This might be a good idea for a new thread maybe I'll repost this somewhere else.

 

I started a new thread for this comment in the Off Topic section.

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Has nothing to do with self-loathing. Let's not make it deeper than what it is. I'm tired of Houston being depicted as a country cowboy town with nothing but cattle, cowboys and cowgals. I just want Houston to be more international. Come on, think outside of the box.

That's just Hollywood and Madison Ave for you. Houston already is more international than just about anyone except Houstonians know. The vast majority of people who have never been to Houston or even Texas get their ideas about us by watching reruns of Dallas. Having a Texas themed park, however hokie the execution, is actually a break from the normal for Houston. Kinda like the Rodeo.

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I spent several years living overseas and when I would tell people I am from Chicago they often would have never heard of it. In general people had heard of New York (for obvious reasons), California (Hollywood), and Texas (Cowboys, country music, etc...) One of the major reasons I chose to move here was due to the culture. Texas has a wonderful and unique culture that is distinctly Texan. Rugged individualism, patriotism, pride of place, heritage, friendliness, and of course all of the cultural stereotypes. Maybe it's something many native Texans can't see because they're so used to it but many states don't have this. Honestly, what is Illinois' culture other than thinking of Chicago, or Iowa or Indiana or many other states.

I read comments on this site all of the time and hear them in passing where people complain of Texas culture, show disdain for it, or want it to change or go away. I don't understand this sentiment. Culture is what makes so many things in life unique and special. We live in an era of multiculturalism and it's often stated on this site how great it is that so many people from other countries live in Houston and bring a small part of their culture with them. Why doesn't that apply to the local culture? Why do so many say that "other" culture is good but Texas culture is bad?

Trebelino, what good is cosmopolitanism or internationalism without the individual parts that make up those concepts (read: cultures). I'm not trying to attack you or argue with you, I just truly don't understand the double standard and I'm not just referring to you.

This might be a good idea for a new thread maybe I'll repost this somewhere else.

I started a new thread for this comment in the Off Topic section.

Those are good points, well said.

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Build it and they will come.  Any updates on if any workers are on site preparing to construct this nice project for the Houston metro and beyond?

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Build it and they will come.  Any updates on if any workers are on site preparing to construct this nice project for the Houston metro and beyond?

 

I'll pass by and take pictures once the tree's are cleared.

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Latest Update:

 

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/atascocita/news/construction-projects-continues-to-progress-in-east-montgomery-county/article_924305f8-82ca-5f9b-bfb8-3dbb15b9abad.html

 

 

Grand Texas Theme Park Developer Monty Galland only stated that the construction on the park continues to progress as they clear the land for the park and conduct surveys.

Developers officially closed the deal on the land purchase for the 600-acre tract of land July 8 located on FM 242 near U.S. Highway 59 in New Caney.

“Grand Texas is the name for both the theme park and the entertainment district. This is a theme park based on Texas history and culture,” Monty Galland with the Grand Texas Theme Park said at the EMCID meeting back in February.

“The park will feature the elements of a typical theme park with a couple of major roller coasters and carousel to name a few but it will also have elements that you will not typically find in a theme park like a museum, a focus on live entertainment like music and dance and an exploration of Texas history and culture.”

By mid-October, they plan to have site work completed and beginning to build the infrastructure. They are looking at an opening date of March 12, 2015.

The total development costs are $205 to $220 million. The developers anticipate attendance to be 650,000 a year to visit their various attractions which include a water park, dining, retail, a paintball field and possibly even a RV park in the future to name a few of the additions.

The Grand Texas Theme Park is a compliment to the EarthQuest Adventures park which is still in the pictured.

 

 

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 Paintball and an rv park sounds suspiciously like Traders Village expanding. A girl can dream!

 

How cool if there were good rides, plus I can buy puppies, window tint and eat corndogs while watching the costumed performers. Long live Texas.

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"The 630 acre facility with feature Big Rivers Water Park a 40 acre site which will include a river ride which flows through the already natural forest at the location.  Waterslides that wrap around large oak trees. Several roller coasters including one said to be one of the 10 largest wooden roller coasters in the United States."

 

Wow ... can't wait for this to open! 

 

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That wooden coaster looks like it's gonna be a blast!  I wonder if they'll go ahead and shoot for the longest/tallest since they already have plans to be in the top 10 anyway.  As for the rest of the concept, I like what I see although the ever present question about parking will surely surface soon.

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Just can't get to excited about this project. The renderings make it look very second rate.

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That wooden coaster looks like it's gonna be a blast!  I wonder if they'll go ahead and shoot for the longest/tallest since they already have plans to be in the top 10 anyway.  As for the rest of the concept, I like what I see although the ever present question about parking will surely surface soon.

 

Yea that might be the one they are saying is going be in the top 10 biggest roller coasters in the US list.

 

Edit: They still haven't shown the waterpark and looking at the land the have acquired, looks like more will be added to the theme park

 

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Looking ten times better than the initial renderings.

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The renderings are definitely cartoonish but it does look like fun. They remind me of the poster maps one could get at Six Flags or Astroworld back in the day.

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"Big Rivers Water Park is slated to open in April 2015 and the Grand Texas Theme Park should be ready by December 2015."

 

Awesome!  Hopefully "ready by DECEMBER 2015" means this park will be open year round ... like Disney parks. 

 

 

 

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The renderings are definitely cartoonish but it does look like fun. They remind me of the poster maps one could get at Six Flags or Astroworld back in the day.

 

It's kind of hard to have renderings of 600 acre park without making it cartoonish.  Otherwise your renderings would show very little of the overall plan, or you would have way too many of them to really get people interested.  I think what I see looks like a good plan. 

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What is depicted south of Highway 242 on the Site Development Plan?  That very much looks like a tri-oval, i.e. race track.

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What is depicted south of Highway 242 on the Site Development Plan?  That very much looks like a tri-oval, i.e. race track.

 

Good catch! I didn't notice that. It definitely looks like a tri-oval race track. Very interesting...

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Good catch! I didn't notice that. It definitely looks like a tri-oval race track. Very interesting...

The Grand Texas website shows it as a wakeboard lake. See the gallery section.

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Unless it is actually something else entirely, I'm betting the racetrack was thrown in there as a pie in the sky idea. 

 

Not to say it is not possible, but a tri-oval-ish racetrack would be a long shot. I suppose one can never be too sure, but I follow a lot of motorsports and have heard nothing about anyone connected the existing racing series showing an interest in a permanent track in the Houston area. Between NASCAR in Ft. Worth and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, I doubt anything big would come here. Small time stuff doesn't have much use for a tri-oval, and IndyCar is not big enough to support a big new facility on its own. 

 

But anything could happen, I suppose.  

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I liked Earthquest's theme better.  I guess we have to take what we can get. Maybe this won't turn out to be so bad afterall.

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5. The Astroworld Carousel: The carousel at the former Six Flags Astroworld was a thing of absolute majesty. It was more than 100 years old, and when it was first installed at Pen Mar Park it was already called the Grand Carousel for the amazing detail of the animals. In 1968 Roy Hofheinz himself bought the carousel and had it installed in Astroworld where it remained until the park closed in 2005.

 

So why is it on this list if it's gone? That's just it, the Astroworld carousel is returning to Houston! Dan Horenberger of Brass Ring Entertainment bought the carousel at auction and had it given a museum quality renovation. Now it's slated to be part of the new Grand Texas Theme Park opening next year. How wonderful that a piece of our history will once again offer riders another go-round.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2014/02/best_carousels.php?page=2

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Well, although that obnoxious horse mascot is nowhere in sight ("Lasso's Corral" must be the kids area), I can't get over the over-Texas theme. While I'm fine for a certain area of the park (at least there appears to be a Mexico-themed area) being all Wild West style Texas theme, I'm not fond of the theme of the rest of the park. They could crib some design cues from Epcot to make an Asian-themed one, maybe some sort of faux "big city" theme.

The "howling wolf" rock reminds me too much of the California Adventure bear (Disney's theme park), in fact, the whole thing reminds me a bit of that theme park, and not in a good way.

It also seems too far away from Houston--over six times as far away from downtown as Astroworld, and twice that of even Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

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So my opinions on this have been mixed. We are the 4th, going to be the 3rd, largest city in the US....we should always have a nice theme park. However, I think the design looks VERY VERY tacky x.x omg its soooooo tacky! I mean sure thats what I theme park is suppose to be. A theme park is an exaggeration of reality so you can do just that...escape from reality, but this is kinda blahhhhh. Whats missing are other themes that would clearly define houston apart from any other. Where is the space theme? Where is an energy theme? Where is a big city theme? I would hope that this design will mature more and maybe tone some stuff down and include more variety in future expansions.

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