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SFNO/Southern Star Saga Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:06 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at the former Six Flags New Orleans or with Southern Star Amusements, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

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2005
August 31st, 2005 - SFNO devasted along with the rest of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina - SEE BELOW!
October 27th, 2005 - MegaZeph assessed as damaged beyond repair

2006
December 13th, 2006 - Batman: The Ride salvaged for another Six Flags park

2008
April 23rd, 2008 - Danny Rogers and Southern Star Amusement appear as potential saviors for the park
July 11th, 2008 - Southern Star Amusement's plan released
September 28th, 2008 - Southern Star no longer pursuing the property

2009
February 18th, 2009 - Danny Rogers explains his position on the project
February 21st, 2009 - Danny Rogers claims to have found a potential business partner
April 222nd, 2009 - City of New Orleans considers suing Six Flags for breach of contract in not re-opening the park
April 23rd, 2009 - Article in Forbes reveals that SF tried to buy their way out of contract for $14MM in 2007
May 12th, 2009 - Restrianing order now prevents SF from removing any more rides.
August 18th, 2009 - Nickelodeon revealed as potential partner of Southern Star
October 29th, 2009 - Southern Star fails to supply $500,000 fee to continue pursuing the park
November 13th, 2009 - Southern Star now wants to buy the park on their own
December 7th, 2009 - Six Flags is out of the picture as backruptcy court hands the property and contents back to New Orleans
December 11th, 2009 - Big League Dreams is interested in turning site into a sports complex


2010
January 8th, 2010 - Danny Rogers claims Mayor Ray Nagin is the reason he doesn't own the property yet
April 15th, 2010 - a new suitor (Three Wise Men) emerges on the scene
April 19th, 2010 - Three Wise Men change their mind and withdraw their proposal
June 1st, 2010 - Southern Star still claiming that they can reopen the park
June 14tn, 2010 - Danny Rogers reveals Southern Star's latest plans
November 10th, 2010 - City re-affirms stance of the property

2011
January 27th, 2011 - Danny Rogers joins TPR
November 22nd, 2011 - City of New Orleans has acquired 8 bids to redevelop the property
November 29th, 2011 - Committee narrows redevelopment of site down to two proposals

2012
February 6th, 2012 - Redevelopment committee narrows choices even further
March 11th, 2012 - City approves 'Jazzland Mall' development

2014
April 4th - City dismisses both Jazzland redevelopment proposals
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Hey everyone...It took too much time but I found a video online of the damage and took some video grabs to get some photos. Pretty interesting. Everything appears to still be standing...standing in anywhere from 5 - 10 feet of water!

If you thought that Megazeph was built over a swamp before wait till you see it now. Again, not too many close up shots since this was from a news chopper, but it will definitely give you an idea of the damage!

If you want to see a REALLY hi-res version of what the park looks like click the following link:
Six Flags New Orleans Katrina Damage - Hi Res

Sept 16th Update - Added a few new photos below showing massive destruction. Photos from: http://interthemepark.shutterfly.com/ac ... 0d366c05da
Please see that link for about 40 additional photos.
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Lots of buildings underwater...you can also see the pirate ship and another ride.
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Here's a closeup of what I believe is the entrance and the tip of a log flume (I haven't been to the park since it was Jazzland in 2001, so I apologize if I'm wrong)
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In this photo you can see the boomerang, aviator, and a piece of Batman.
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From a bit farther out we can see more of Batman...good thing they built it so high off the ground!
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Even farther out now and we can see the S&S Towers and Megazeph on the right side of the park. Again, for the most part everything still seems 'there' but I wonder what kind of inspections they'll need to get the rides back open once the water is removed
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Final close up of the parking lot and some of the buildings underwater. Poor Sally Dark Ride must have Major Damage.
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And yet another new shot.
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Here's a new Satellite view.
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Postby crispy » Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:10 pm

:shock: WOW, bummer, thanks Elissa, I was trying to find some pictures, this is so very sad :(

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Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:12 pm

Yeah, I was trying to find pictures too, then when I decided that they didn't exist I started watching way too many videos and ads before and after videos till I finally found a video that had 10 seconds of footage!


GRrrrr...Oh well, at least now people can see!

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Postby USRoadTripper » Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:25 pm

Thanks for the pics Elissa! At least the coasters and some rides still appear to be standing, so they aren't total losses. One less thing for the park to have to replace later. I'm sure this has got to be one of the worst disasters to ever hit a park (or the entire US for that matter!)
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Postby Token Yankee Guy » Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:31 pm

Damn...the boomerang isn't destroyed.
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Postby Shockwave » Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:22 am

Woah, that doesn't look good. :shock:

I wonder how long it's gonna take to drain all that water away? The whole place is about 10ft below sea level to start with.

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Postby FlyingScooter » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:42 am

Wow, those pics are awesome.
Too bad they didn't get a better angle on the pirate ship. That actually probibly looks better in water.
I wonder if they secured the logs for the log flume.

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Postby Imhotep » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:56 am

I saw this on fox news last night too.. actually, I saw a snippet of it on A Current Affair. The shot with the boomerang and batmans loop visible was the shot I saw. Very sad.

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Postby ChrisZer0 » Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:58 am

Ive said it time and time again this week..this is what happends when you build your themepark..heck..your city, on swampland.

Come to think of it, Six Flags Atlantis has a nice ring to it...

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Postby Hattuchili » Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:48 am

OMG. That really looks so sad. :shock: I think they will need a lot of time for cleaning the whole park and testing all attractions.

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