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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 01:38 AM
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New "Green" Earthquest Resort & Theme Park in New Caney, TX







http://www.iaapa.org/industry/funworld/2009/mar/departm...

Is No Dinosaur Park PLANS FOR A NEW 500-ACRE ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECT, WHICH HAS BEENMISCHARACTERIZED AS A DINOSAUR PARK IN SOME NEWS STORIES, are taking shape in New Caney, Texas, about 40 minutes from downtown Houston.

To be called EarthQuest, the development include a for-profit entertainment park complete with rides and other attractions, and a nonprofit educational institute, according to Don Lessem, creator and founder of the park. Its a $500 million project with about 50 different rides, including several E-ticket rides, he said, like going inside a volcano, going through an actual ice cave, launch rides, coasters, and technologies that havent been used before.

The park will be divided into sections one devoted to sky, one to water, one to land, and one to prehistory, which will be called Pangaea. There will also be a waterpark and an animal park featuring creatures from Africa, South America, and Texas.

At the center of the park, said Lessem, will be the EarthQuest Institute, a $100 million research and educational center comprising 58 acres. Its a very interactive environmental presentation, said Lessum, and a lot of that is about how we change the way we live. Its going to have 4-D theaters, reconstructed environments from the past, and lots of very enterprising interactive presentations of new research.

Lessem said the reason the park has been mischaracterized is because of his reputation for creating traveling and permanent exhibitions featuring dinosaurs, his work as an adviser on the original Jurassic Park movie and theme park ride, and his creation of the two largest charities for dinosaur research, all of which have earned him the nickname Dino Don.

Lessem noted that Marlin Atlantis is the company behind EarthQuest, and its principal, John Marlin, is a developer who owns the projects land. Contour Entertainment of Van Nuys, California, has been brought on board to design the project, and Lessum said theyve already chosen the suppliers theyll be using for the project. The institute is slated to open in the fall of 2011 and the park in the spring of 2012. Anticipated attendance for the entire project is 3 million annually.


Offical website: http://www.earthquestadventures.com /

Wow!
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 10:03 AM
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1. Sounds interesting
Thanks for the tip.
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 02:24 PM
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2. It will bring jobs to an economically depressed area.
After reading about how progressive this park will be ie: promoting and using "green" ideas and it will be in New Caney, which is a very non-progressive/"red" area, it is a little ironic! :)
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 03:20 PM
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3. I like eco-tourism
And yes jobs to an economically depressed area is a good thing. And maybe just maybe the subtle nudge at loving your planet might just sink in.

Win-win-win!

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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-27-10 03:33 PM
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4. Very cool.
Still heartbroken that Astroworld is gone....
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Woodlands Traveler Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-10 09:02 PM
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5. North Houston should be the new home for an entertainment park
It would be great to see this one get built and completed.
Another group has been trying for quite awhile now to get a western themed park of some sort opened up near Tomball.
"Grand Texas"
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