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An Entire Theme Park Built Into A Skyscraper

By on 01/02/2011

Welcome to 2011, everyone! Seeing how we just closed out yet another year, most of the coaster blogs that I’ve read over the last couple of weeks have focused on either recapping what happened in 2010 or predicting what the biggest coaster story will be in 2011. However, I came across an article on Theme Park Post that really got me thinking about the future of theme parks, especially in the largest metropolitan areas. How would you like to visit a theme park built entirely in the footprint of a single skyscraper?

Known as a vertical theme park, it’s the radical concept of New York architect Ju-Hyun Kim. Rather than build a horizontal park, across hundreds of acres of expensive land, build it upwards using the frame of a skyscraper as the foundation. Roller coasters, flumes, flat rides, bungee jumping, and even a ferris wheel hanging off the side, this concept has something for everyone.

Personally, I would love to visit such a place, if nothing more than to experience the novelty of it. Mr. Kim touts nothing but benefits from this concept, from reducing urban sprawl, getting rid of the parking headache, and making it easy for city dwellers to visit without having to drive anywhere. However, I see just as many obstacles, if not more, to building such a park. An entire city block in the downtown area of just about any city that could support this type of venture would likely be more expensive than a vacant parcel of land in a suburb. Once built, how could you add, remove, or refurbish rides without severely affecting the daily operation of the rest of the park? Parking in a heavy urban setting would likely be more difficult for out-of-area visitors. Lastly, I’m not sure you could get the same type of exhilaration from roller coasters built in such a confined area, but I’ll reserve judgement on that until the day I get to ride one.

Overall, I really like the “thinking-outside-the-box” that is occurring here. I think we’re about due for something radical to be introduced to the theme park world. I’ve been on the rides at the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, and I like the concept, but they’re very limited. I’m not sure that expanding the ride area to the size of a building is going to be enough. But like I said before, I can’t wait to experience it!

2 Comments

  1. j kim

    01/16/2011 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for the great review! Really enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

    • admin

      01/17/2011 at 7:21 pm

      My pleasure. I hope you enjoy the site!

      ~K~

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