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Proposal aims to restore Jazzland on Six Flags New Orleans site

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One of the eight firms to put forward proposals for the site of the closed Six Flags New Orleans has revealed that it plans to restore the park to its Jazzland roots.

The Paidia Company's bid was originally described as including a production studio, backlot and water park. However, the firm has now launched a new website at JazzlandPark.com, which reveals its ambitious plans to launch a revamped version of Jazzland. This would include a number of theme park rides spread across four lands, included a revived version of the MegaZeph wooden roller coaster.

As the name suggests, Jazzland would feature a number of music-themed attractions. The four lands housing these would be named The Quarter (focusing on New Orleans' history), The Bayou (celebrating the area's diverse cultures), The Beach (themed around "enjoyment of life") and Sportman's Paradise (focusing on outdoor pursuits).

In addition to a number of restored rides, several major additions would be made to the park. Voodoo Queen's Battle of the Bands would be a 4-D show highlighting famous musicians, while a nearby Sea of Love boat ride would "immerse guests in a sea of love full of sunsets, moonlight, and cupid".

Among the most expensive new rides would be Rapides River Run, the first major water ride to open on the former Six Flags New Orleans site. The rapids ride would take guests on a twisting, turning trip past recreations of famous central Louisiana landmarks.

The original Jazzland opened in 2000, with Six Flags taking over the lease in 2002. Theme Park Tourist recently took an in-depth look at the fate of Six Flags New Orleans, which lies in disrepair having been badly hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Six Flags New Orleans closed following the hurricane, and the site has been out of use ever since. In October 2009, former operator Six Flags reached an agreement with the City of New Orleans to terminate the remainder of its lease for the site.

City authorities are now considering eight bids for the site, including several proposals to restore it as a theme park and one to convert it into an electric power station. A five-person committee will rank the bids, with five set to move forward to the next stage of negotiations


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