20th Century Fox Has Plans for Major Theme Park Near Zoo Miami

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After 20 years with the idea of building a theme park on land surrounding Zoo Miami simmering on the back burner, two companies are now moving forward with bids to break ground.

One proposal, dubbed "Dinosaur Park International," would be science-minded, featuring dino-centric exhibits and a museum.

The other plan, proposed by 20th Century Fox, would be more Orlando-style, with rides and attractions based on the movie studio's films, such as Ice Age and Rio. The project is dubbed "Miami Wilds" and would include a 70-acre traditional theme park and a separate 16-acre water park.

The proposals vary greatly. The dino park would cost just $15 million and would be paid in full by developers. Fox's ambitious plans would come with an estimated almost $1 billion price tag, and the company wouldn't pay for it all on its own. According to the Miami Herald, Fox would put up $800 million and would hope to get Miami-Dade County to chip in an additional $130 million. After the Marlins Park fiasco and the Dolphins' failed attempt to get public money for their stadium updates, Miamians aren't exactly warm to the idea of chipping in for private enterprises.

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However, the dino park would pay only $150,000 a year in rent, while Fox would pay $37 million during the first ten years of a proposed 99-year lease. Fox also claims it would draw 3 million tourists a year and provide 2,750 permanent jobs (and more than 8,000 jobs during construction), according to Local 10.

The Fox plans would also include a 400-room hotel, a retail area somewhat similar to Downtown Disney or Universal City Walk, a movie theater that could be used for Fox film premieres, a music performance theater, and a "sports meadow."

Fox is a newcomer to the amusement park world, but over the summer it announced plans to partner with Genting Group (the firm that owns the former Miami Herald site) to build its first theme park in Malaysia. That park will feature rides based on Ice Age, Life of Pi, Rio, Alien, Predator, and Night at the Museum.

The dino option, however, would feature animatronic dinosaurs, which are always neat.

Florida's two other major metro areas, Tampa Bay and Orlando, both boast major theme parks.

Dinosaur Park International could be open two years after construction begins. Fox's plan would open in two stages: one in 2018 and the other projected for 2020.

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teachintv
teachintv

I'd like to see 20th's project include an actual production facility like Universal's. Donald Trump was making noise about building a movie studio complex but...at least 20th has a history in the industry. Combining a purely entertainment-oriented theme park along with a "working" studio and backlot where tourists can see "actual" productions being made is a successful model that plays to 20th's strength. PLUS a real soundstage and production facility will truly benefit the area and the industry. 

demonthingy
demonthingy

The amount of traffic this is going to cause is not worth the money and we are never going to see. I literally drove down this street the other day to see the space and it's ridiculous how these people think this is going to fit there. The dino park fine, it fits, it's not going to be that much of a major attraction so it wont attract that many people and it matches Metro Zoo... so it would stay themed. But that Fox park... No that is not going to fit nor are the areas surrounding it going to be able to handle the massive traffic. This park is better off somewhere in Homestead where there is plenty of free space and not the ridiculous traffic that zoo area already has. humpft.

SEFTA
SEFTA

Another ridiculous dream project. They better be planning on some sort of train and transit system to go with it. Or were they planning on extending Fantasyland's MONORAIL to Miami. Now that would be a great idea. I can't imagine them creating more competition for Orlando. Can you imagine the traffic and more development around this? They better think this thing thru and have all their ducks in a row... which never happens

Christopher A. Haik
Christopher A. Haik

they could put this shit all the way down in homestead. why would they put this in the middle of the suburbs where there is enough traffic. and do we really need to be bulldozing more forestland? cause thats what that space is at the moment

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Congratulations Denise, new neighbors!

Remi Gudj
Remi Gudj

Na how bout a little FURTHER WEST!!!!! enough traffic already

Von Marlon
Von Marlon

Country Walk is about to get a little more crowded.

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mayachild

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Elsa Jimenez
Elsa Jimenez

That would be awesome. And far away from here. Who needs the traffic?

Lynn Franzen
Lynn Franzen

I like but i like democracy now more help the poor reigh his right help the poor give $30 i say obama must trade place with poor person for one month

Juan Rivera
Juan Rivera

so much for protecting our globally endangered pine rocklands :(

Jorge Navarro
Jorge Navarro

This is going to make traffic worse down here.

Roxana T Gosney
Roxana T Gosney

Great let me guess close to Homestead & the Miami Zoo area!!!

Celia Cuadrado
Celia Cuadrado

I've heard about this for years, since Andrew destroyed the area. I hope this time it's for real.

Bill Riley
Bill Riley

Better do it this time...missed Disney in the 70s. Probably our last chance for something like this

Sandi Kreisberg
Sandi Kreisberg

a waterpark like six flags atlantis would be awesome !!!! why we don't have tons of them is unknown to me !!! it is florida......hot as hell, we could use them !!

Crs Diaz
Crs Diaz

Sounds like a great idea. Plus they're putting up almost all the money

Jennifer Alvarez
Jennifer Alvarez

love theme parks but,Blehh.. as if we need more traffic...

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Sounds like a great idea. Might be a great economic boon to south dade/ Homestead area. Though I can't imagine the North/Central Florida boys sitting idly by and letting this happen.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

How about that waterpark from like 20 years ago?

demonthingy
demonthingy

@Christopher A. Haik exactly what im saying there is sooooo much room down in homestead and these people want to put this shit right in the middle of a super trafficy area. wtf.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@Lynn Franzen Now say that again, but this time in English

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