The next, new theme park for Houston isn’t going to even be in Houston–and it’s not going to be anything like Astroworld. Grand Texas Theme Park is being built on 600-acres near New Caney, and one of the developers, Chuck Hendrix, says they’re not really concerned about competing with other theme parks’ ride packages.
The first comparison most Houstonian’s are going to make is to our collective-memories of Astroworld; how will Grand Texas Theme Park compare?
“Grand Texas is going to be a little more experiential,” says Hendrix, who used to run Astroworld.
“We’re not concerned with trying to compete with Six Flags,” he says, “although we will have a substantial ride-package.”
Hendrix adds, “We are going to be a little more in-tune with family entertainment.”
Construction crews are already turning dirt on the project.
“The site that we have chosen for the park is very, very different,” Hendrix explains.
“It’s wooded, it’s hilly, it’s going to allow us to do things from a landscape and a topography standpoint that will be very, very different than any other theme park in the state of Texas right now.”
While the comparison to Houston’s beloved Astroworld probably can’t be avoided, Hendrix says Grand Texas will not be like the much smaller theme park from days of yore.
“We are celebrating the History of Texas and the Wild West, whereas Six Flags were originally built, you know, reminiscent of the six flags that had actually flown over the state of Texas.”
Grand Texas will also boast three hotels, a water park, and a music amphitheater–all cued to a common theme.
“We are all about just Texas and the Wild West culture that surrounded that,” says Hendrix.
Grand Texas is slated to open in 2015.