NEW PARK - Estimated Opening Memorial Day 2017
Park News - (1/11/17) Construction on OWA is going full tilt I see and they have now posted a nice collection of construction progress photos on their official website from October up to ones taken just a few days ago. Lots of concrete pads have been poured across the site now, and all of the superstructure for the Hotel and Events Center buildings is now up with the hotel building itself looking pretty far along already. Looks like all of the footers for the big coaster are already in place, and the buildings that will serve as the park entrance are also going up quickly.
(12/10/16) The local news reports that the new OWA amusement park has already completed the installation of their first ride at the park (Aerozoom?) More parts and pieces of other attractions are arriving on a regular basis and they promise more rides and attractions will soon rise, putting them on schedule to open by Memorial Day weekend in late May 2017.
(11/28/16) Our friend JohnnyUpsidedown has posted a nice photo update from the OWA construction site, checking out how things are already shaping up at the new amusement park where ride pieces are starting to quickly pile up.
(11/19/16) Our friends at In The Loop posted a video from IAAPA this week where they got to chat about the new OWA park coming to Alabama in 2017 that will feature four Zamperla roller coasters, including Rollin' Thunder, which will be the Zamperla made clone of Coney Island's Thunderbolt coaster.
(11/4/16) Consider me surprised, but not only was the official announcement made about the new theme park coming to Alabama, but would you believe that they have already started construction?! I'm not talking about dirt pushing or a ceremonial ground breaking photo op... but they have apparently moved past all that and are into the concrete and footers stage for the park's main roller coaster. The new park is called OWA (which apparently means "Big Water", and the park's main coaster looks like a clone of the Luna Park's Thunderbolt (and will also be made by Zamperla). Actually the park will feature two Zamperla coasters... in addition to the big one the park will have a Zamperla made spinning mouse coaster as well.
You can watch a video about the new OWA park (including animated fly-through footage) and resort property which will also include plenty of retail property and plans for a future waterpark. From the look of things, I wouldn't be surprised if Zamperla isn't involved in some way as a park management / operator company for the park. You can see a picture of the site as it looks now, complete with the huge concrete area already poured for the park's central roller coaster pathway.
The crazy thing is that they are also talking about having it ready to open by May 17th, 2017. They're off to a good start already, so lets see where things go from here I guess.
(11/2/16) Is a new amusement park coming to Alabama? According to this local news report the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are planning to build an amusement complex in Foley that will include a roller coaster, about 20 other rides plus shops and restaurants. An official announcement with the full details is expected to take place in the near future.