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Roswell May Cash In On Fame With UFO Theme Park

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 09:01:43 -0400
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Subject: Roswell May Cash In On Fame With UFO Theme Park




Source: The Press Telegram - Long Beach, California, USA

http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_5992069

05/25/2007


Roswell May Cash In On Fame With UFO Theme Park

Park would feature alien abduction coaster.
By Tim Korte
Associated Press


ROSWELL, N.M. - It could happen only in Roswell. City officials
want to help build a UFO-themed amusement park, complete with an
indoor roller coaster that would take passengers on a simulated
alien abduction.

"Nobody will be harmed and everybody will be returned,
hopefully, in the same shape," concept designer Bryan Temmer
said Friday.

The park could open as early as 2010. The city has received a
$245,000 legislative appropriation for initial planning but the
park would be privately built and managed. Requests for
proposals will be advertised next month.

City Planner Zach Montgomery said the project will cost "several
hundred millions of dollars," but a more accurate figure hasn't
been determined.

A roller coaster similar to the one proposed by Temmer is
currently under construction at another theme park for almost
$100 million, Montgomery said.

The proposed park, dubbed the Alien Apex Resort, initially will
cover 60 to 80 acres with room to expand to 150 acres. It will
feature other rides and attractions, including an exhibit hall
with information on scientific exploration of the universe.

"Definitely, there will be a part of the park devoted to space
exploration," Temmer said.

"It's not just about the Roswell Incident and did it happen?"

The Roswell Incident, of course, has brought the southeastern
New Mexico city worldwide acclaim. It centers on a purported UFO
crash on a nearby ranch in July 1947, which the military later
claimed was a top-secret weather balloon.

Temmer, of Land O' Lakes, Fla., pitched the Alien Apex concept
to city leaders two years ago. He describes himself as a fan of
theme parks and a science fiction buff, saying the Roswell idea
was a natural for him.

"I knew there was only one place on the planet, probably in the
universe, where this idea would work," he said.

Montgomery said the city is considering six potential sites but
declined to identify them, other than to say each is within city
limits or could be annexed. He also wouldn't name potential
operators.

"At least four major corporations have been approached and all
of them are excited about this project," he said. "Everyone
would probably know and recognize the names of these major
corporations."

Roswell has been cashing in on the UFO craze for years.
Paintings and replicas of UFOs and space aliens adorn several
downtown businesses, and even the McDonald's and Wal-Mart are
UFO- and space-themed.

The theme park would take that concept to another level, one
that some business owners believe is necessary to keep tourists
returning.

Sharon Welz is a co-owner of the Roswell Space Center, a T-shirt
and souvenir shop just off Main Street. She said visitors often
complain they'd like to see and do more during trips to the town
of about 50,000.

"We would welcome something like an alien roller coaster or a
theme park, absolutely," she said. "How can it hurt us? It would
help everybody all the way around if there was something bigger
to bring more people in."

Montgomery agrees, saying the top complaint by tourists during
the city's annual UFO festival each summer is that there's not
enough to do.

The town's biggest tourism attraction is the International UFO
Museum and Research Center, which has drawn 2.5 million visitors
since opening in 1992.

"We're still in the infancy of our UFO-related economic
development," Montgomery said.


[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]



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