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Nope. None at all. I don't know how you could see that as competiton. For a family in Alabama that wants to go see Mickey Mouse, would they go to Hong Kong, or the one right down there in Florida? Unless they are loaded with cash, they would go to the one in Florida.

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Nope. None at all. I don't know how you could see that as competiton. For a family in Alabama that wants to go see Mickey Mouse, would they go to Hong Kong, or the one right down there in Florida? Unless they are loaded with cash, they would go to the one in Florida.

I was referencing my original post. Of course it isn't competition.

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http://www.marlinatlantis.com/communities_Developments.html

Roll over White Stone and it looks like it's right near Earthquest. I wonder if that's an indication of something?

(same company developing earthquest)

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"We felt that Montgomery County had a more aggressive and accomplished group and a personal sense of commitment in that they really understood the educational part of all this -- that it was not just a money-making project," Lessem says.

At the earliest, Dinosaur City would open in 2010 or 2011, assuming a 2008 ground-breaking target is met.

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Earth Quest Adventures is mentioned breifly in this Chronicle article about the development in Montgomery County. I was beginning to the project was dead.

Bulldozers are clearing land at nearly every intersection along U.S. 59, making room for new shopping centers and restaurants.

New hotels and motels are in the works, spurred by the dinosaur project. Five are slated to begin construction this spring, McCrady said.

The dinosaur park/theme resort and a dinosaur institute are projected to bring 1,000 new jobs to the area and more than 1 million visitors each year, he said. The park site is on the west side of U.S. 59, just north of FM 1485.

East county beat out 72 other sites across the country, said Don Holbrook, site adviser for the park.

The earth-friendly park will be designed by Don Lessum, paleontologist, author and adviser on the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park. It will offer education through entertainment and will include dinosaur exhibits, an IMAX theater, an aquarium and a hotel. The institute will be a separate research and educational facility. Construction on the park is slated to begin late this year, Holbrook said.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...ro/5473070.html

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Earth Quest Adventures is mentioned breifly in this Chronicle article about the development in Montgomery County. I was beginning to the project was dead.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...ro/5473070.html

Good news. I don't know much, but I just figured the players involved were too big and serious for this to fall through. An older article mentions they did a nation wide search to find the best place to put this thing.

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When I was 14-17 or so my parent's and my friend's parents would drop us off about 4-5 times a summer. We never caused any mischief but I'm sure there were plenty of similar aged kids getting dropped off there for the day.

Same here, parents usually dropped us off while they went and did their errands.

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February 22, 2008 the EMCID Board, Dino Don & Marlin/Atlantis announced the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the EarthQuest Resort. The developer showed the plans for the 500 acre site and included features. Ground breaking is now planned for 2nd Quarter of 2009

http://www.communitychamber.com/custom2.asp?pageid=3007

500 acres now? Cool! I can't wait to see some renderings of the park. I was hoping that we would have seen some by now, but it sounds like everything is still moving forward.

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Great find X.

Here's are some less stimulating renderings, including some very interesting information...

http://communitytx.usachamber.com/virDirEd...4dinomuseum.pdf

The EarthQuest Adventures theme park is also scheduled to begin construction in 2008

but it is a three-year build-out project, meaning the community will enjoy the activities

and programs that the museum will have to offer before the theme park is completed.

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Here's the latest article I could find about the park. It's dated Feb. 20, 2008

http://ourtribune.com/article.php?id=2813

I'm not sure there is really anything thing new in this article that we haven't heard before. It says the park will be on 150 acres and should open by 2010, so it doesn't sound like it was based on the most recent information (could be a matter of interpretation). But it does mention something about an 'arctic room' attraction, a 4D theatre and some other attractions.

I wish we would start seeing some articles that had some interviews with the actual developers of the park. So far, I think almost all the articles I've seen are interviews with Montgomery county officials. I want to see some detailed renderings and comments from Don Lessum, himself. I'll take what I can get, tho.

But as long as people are still writing articles and county officials are still talking about it, at least there is a good reason to believe that the project is still moving forward.

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Another article from March 4, 2008

http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...35656&rfi=6

I noticed on a local theme park forum that there was a posting that states that there are finally some new drawings on display at the EMCID office that show the layout of the park. The drawings were not posted on the forum yet but it was reported that they show two large coasters and some other rides.

This is what was listed.

The Volcano Coaster

Dueling Birds of Prey Coaster

Glazier Mountain Bobsled

DinoCanyon Raft Ride

A Parachute Drop

A Zoo Tram

A Submarine Adventure

A Skyway to Dinoland

"and lots of other stuff".

I've gotta get my butt up there and snap some pictures of this stuff (assuming they exist). Hopefully these drawings will be released to the media soon.

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What and where is this? If it's close, I'd try to stop by as well.

I don't exactly know where it is. I went to the website but I didn't see a physical street address. Here is the link. Maybe you can find it.

http://www.emctx.com/default.htm

There is a phone number on the website. So I guess I will call them at some point and find out where these drawings are. I'm dying to see how big this park might be and what it will look like.

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No problem. Here's some more I received when I sent a second email asking for hours.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Someone is not always here that can show you the pictures so it might be good to call before you come. Mr. McCrady is the most knowledgeable, but I can help you or our secretary Sandy. Our receptionist would not be able to help you as she is a temp at this point.
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Here are some drawings of EarthQuest I found on sixflagshouston.com

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The park will be fantastic if it is built like this. The layout reminds me very much of Busch Gardens in Virginia. The theme park itself is said to be 150 acres. That does not include parking, the resort, the waterpark, the research area, or the museum. If this drawing is drawn to scale, I estimate that the theme park will be bigger than AstroWorld was or Six Flags over Texas is now.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this pans out.

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How does this compare in size to Astroworld? I can't tell. How does it compare with rides? How about compared to sixflags Fiesta Texas?

READ.

150 acres is the size of the ENTIRE Six Flags over Texas park (theme park +parking). 150 acres is just being used for Earth Quest's theme park.

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READ.

150 acres is the size of the ENTIRE Six Flags over Texas park (theme park +parking). 150 acres is just being used for Earth Quest's theme park.

Dang Trae, everything ok buddy? You're turnin into some not so favorite HAIF members.

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Er...anyway, as a huge dinosaur nerd, I hope they have really high-quality sculptures and animatronics. It JUST SO happens there's a world-class company that does this, right in Texas!

Check it out! I hope they use this company. Well, if they can't get Stan Winston to do it, that is. ;)

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dw...ry.2c5b346.html

http://www.billingsproductions.com/

Also, they should have dromaeosaurs. Lots and lots of dromaeosaurs. Toe-clawin', pack huntin', action extravaganza. Oh yeah.

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It has been a while since I have heard anything new, but this project looks like it is still getting built at least according to this news article update.

http://ourtribune.com/article.php?id=2813

Here is a good quote from the aforementioned story:

The total project is expected to include rides, a water park, a high-rise hotel and conference center, and more. It is anticipated to provide more than 2,700 jobs, plus thousands of construction jobs, and draw about 2.5 million visitors annually. The price tag has grown to 10 times the first-reported amount.
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There has been word at another forum that Universal may be getting involved with this park. Mostly to stake a claim in Texas (Six Flags and Sea World do). That, and the guy who designed Universal Studios Island of Adventure theme park in Orlando, as well as the guy behind Universal's Jurassic Park movies, is designing this theme park.

Universal Studios Texas or Universals' EarthQuest sound like some good names ;).

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There has been word at another forum that Universal may be getting involved with this park. Mostly to stake a claim in Texas (Six Flags and Sea World do). That, and the guy who designed Universal Studios Island of Adventure theme park in Orlando, as well as the guy behind Universal's Jurassic Park movies, is designing this theme park.

Universal Studios Texas or Universals' EarthQuest sound like some good names ;) .

got a link to that forum so we can follow?

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That, and the guy who designed Universal Studios Island of Adventure theme park in Orlando, as well as the guy behind Universal's Jurassic Park movies, is designing this theme park.

Who, Don Lessem? His was the name I saw a lot when news of this project first broke.

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Some news:

Plan for dino park project grows

By ROYCELYN BASTIAN

rbastian@hcnonline.com

05/02/2008

Outlet malls, hotels and housing have been added to the EarthQuest Adventures Dinosaur Park project, according to the East Montgomery County Improvement District.

Initially, the project was proposed to just be a museum and theme park with a net ad valorem base of $700 million. After further discussion and additional planning, more activities have been added to the scope of the project.

“Since that time, we further discussed other components that will be contained in the development. Particularly a hotel site as well as other retail opportunities,” said Frank McCrady, president of EMCID. “With the investment group and developers that are looking at the project, they have gone far and above the initial concept of just a theme park.”

Along with the theme park and museum, developers are now looking into putting an eco-hotel component in the project that will offer treetop lodging. On the west side of the area will be the tourism attraction where there is room for four hotels in the development.

One of the biggest significant changes of the project is the ad valorem base of $700 million has increased to $1.5 billion, which includes hotel sites, outlet malls, outlet retail as well as low-, mid- and high-density housing.

“If you break apart the project, the majority of the housing development is contained for the Roman Forest community and the retail and outlet side is contained in the transportation corridor of U.S. Highway 59 on both sides,” McCrady said.

More: http://www.hcnonline.com/site/index.cfm?ne...32207&rfi=8

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There has been word at another forum that Universal may be getting involved with this park. Mostly to stake a claim in Texas (Six Flags and Sea World do). That, and the guy who designed Universal Studios Island of Adventure theme park in Orlando, as well as the guy behind Universal's Jurassic Park movies, is designing this theme park.

Universal Studios Texas or Universals' EarthQuest sound like some good names ;).

Let me give you an idea as to a potential name of the project if Universal Studios comes aboard......

Guess who owns the rights to "Jurassic Park?" And guess what theme park has "Jurassic Park: The Ride" in use currently? (HINT: Its in Japan)

Universal Studios and a Dino-Themed Park....I can see the name coming already.... "Universal Studios: Jurassic Park"

Now that right there has "tourist attraction" written all over it.....

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