Kingsland, GA -
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The state of Georgia may have a new king coming to town as signs of a growing economy continue to swell in the Deep South. According to a report in the Jacksonville Business Journal, the city of Kingsland, Georgia is set to receive a multimillion dollar theme park and entertainment complex. The $100 million dollar resort is being planned just off of interstate 95, 40 miles from the city of Jacksonville Florida.
According to the article, the project will be built on a 574 acre area by the Real Development Corporation based in Minneapolis, MN. The plan for the group is to make the city of Kingsland a tourist attraction and boost the economy to small southern Georgia city. The resort is going to include "districts," each having its own unique purpose. One district will feature entertainment such as movie theaters and other entertainment venues. Another of the districts will be the hospitality district with hotel rooms, amenity shops, and restaurants. The other districts will be all about sports, action sports, and water activities. Some of the activities that will be included here is a bowling center, rope course, challenge course, zip lines, and an amphitheater. The planning also intends to build a massive water park on the property as well.
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Just when you think that is all that could possibly fit into this theme park, they hit you with more. The park also plans to include sports complexes and fields. They are hoping that the fields will be able to host regional and state tournaments in all different outdoor sports. The complex will be a venue for local sports leagues and regional and state tournaments, said Degelmann, who worked in The Walt Disney Co.'s theme parks unit for about three decades.
The choice for this location was carefully thought out as data about the amount of traffic and other economic values were brought to mind. "There are 36 million cars annually traveling up and down I-95 at this interchange," Degelmann said. The key to an amusement park's success is a combination of location, customer experience and marketing, said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. The park is scheduled to be complete in 2014 and create over 800 jobs for the area.