Last time I did one of these, it was 2008. In the time since then,
we've seen many more park closings than openings stateside. Hard Rock
opened and promptly closed (twice), Kentucky Kingdom is now vacant,
Celebration City has sat idle for years, Astroland is outta here, as
well as a bunch of parks overseas (Expoland, Luna Park Rome, Terra
Encantanda in Brazil). I suppose then it would be good to update it
with who seems to be in danger.
1) California's Great America: The 49ers want a new stadium. They need
a parking lot. Turns out that Great America would make a great one.
The park is already sold and seems destined for the s***heap; quite
the unfortunate end for one of the two Marriott parks.
2) Alabama Adventure (formerly Visionland): On the market,
questionable if it opens next year. Since day one, this park has been
in financial trouble.
3) Amu***ts in Primm: Made the list before. Still uncertain how
exactly they're still open in 2011. The biggest factor separating them
from Speed/Wet and Wild Vegas/Manhattan Express is that they aren't on
the strip, and in fact the hotel/*** they are attached to is
probably barely*** on as well and lacks the funds to just tear
the whole thing to the ground.
4) Indiana Beach: Why is this park here? Well, the family who
successfully operated the park and made money stopped wanting to, so
they sold it to an operator of trailer parks and RV parks that has
promptly ***ed the place up beyond recognition. Attendance was still
good, its just that the people running the show are clueless. I wonder
if they even had the money to buy it or just took out a line of
credit? I bet I know the answer to that. See also: The Ruination of
5) Clementon: Still here. Still kicking. Just a struggling park.
6) Ferrari World: A monument to waste and excess in the deserts of Abu
Dhabi. My wife and I initially considered going this month some time
ago when laying out our plans for the year, but then we started to see
the trip reports for the place and....yeah. Not interested in crossing
the planet for a half finished amu***t park that, it would seem, no
7) Name a park in China. Any of them: All sparsely attended state
funded projects intended to make the country look better. The older
you are, the closer you are to completely ghetto horrible. The newer
you are, the more likely you are to have a Chinese built ride kill
passengers. Like a lot of things in China, the coaster boom there (did
you know they have more coasters than any other country except the
USA? THE MOAR U KNOW) seems to be all about appearances to the west
rather than meeting a need for the millions of Chinese suddenly making
purchases with disposable income.
8) Tokyo Dome City: Down to one operating coaster. The city had a
bunch of changes in the last 5 years, some of which were poorly
planned. Take Korakuen Hall for instance. You've probably never heard
of it; most gaijin haven't. But it is the spiritual home of combat
sport and pro wrestling in Japan. Roughly every three days in Japan,
there is a boxing event there. Pretty much every other day, there is
pro wrestling, kickboxing, MMA, or full contact karate. Sometimes
there's even matinee shows and night shows. The issue here is that it
wasn't supposed to still be running all these shows. The bigger
promotions and the boxing were supposed to use a purpose built
facility called JCB Hall that was constructed a couple years ago, and
lots of money was poured into it. As is often the case, a bunch of it
disappeared, it ran over budget, and now the charge to rent the
facility is so high that fight/wrestling promoters can't make money
getting the hall and selling 2500 (or fewer) tickets inside of it. So
there's been two wrestling cards, no MMA shows, and no boxing events
in the facility this year.
What I'm getting at here with that long is that Tokyo Dome City is a
place money goes to die, and the natural reaction to that fact is
going to be cutbacks elsewhere. Its not coincidence that Linear Gale
and Geopanic have left the site.
9) Lakeside: I love this park, but Rhoda is only getting older,
10) Any newly constructed park in the West: Mark Rosenzweig had a post
many moons ago in some topic here talking about how new parks were
guaranteed to lose money for about the first 2 owners or so due to the
cost of construction and what not. Then you see empty parks like
Rainbow MagicLand in Italy, and you wonder who the hell is funding
things like that?