6 Reasons Why DreamVision Theme Parks Should Never See The Light Of Day

Did you hear all the news from a company that just came out of nowhere this week called DreamVision?  If you missed it, this team of theme park industry professionals are looking to build not one, but two destination resorts. One will be located in Fort Worth, Texas and feature a theme park, performance venues and hotels on 5,000 acres of land all to the tune of $3.5 billion.  At the center of the park is DreamVision Mountain, where guests will be able to ski year round.

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As if that wasn’t enough, DreamVision held a second press conference in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where an entirely different resort is also being designed and built with its own unique theme parks, hotels and fine arts venues. DreamVision Soundscapes will be a music-based theme park and the executives think this will be the epicenter of music in the world. The price tag for this mega resort comes in at around $3.2 billion.

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The plans are indeed massive for both parks in both states and come with an enormous price tag… we will round up and say $7 billion for both.  According to the folks at DreamVision when asked where the money is coming from, they claim it’s all private funds provided by a group known as Provident Global Capital.

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Chief Creative Officer for DreamVision, Ron Logan, does add credibility to their team. Logan was the former Executive Vice President of Disney Entertainment for all live entertainment worldwide. In addition, Logan was the founder and first President of Disney Theatrical and was a driving force in bringing “Beauty and the Beast” to Broadway.

 

As theme park fans, you must be thrilled with two enormous theme parks opening up of this magnitude in the United States within the next five years, right? Pump the breaks, fan boys. After doing some digging I wouldn’t hold my breath on these plans ever seeing the light of day and here are the Top 6 reasons why.

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#6.  They haven’t bought the land for either park.

 

That’s right. DreamVision may have picked Fort Worth, Texas and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, but they have yet to actually purchase the land needed to even build these parks. When asked, the executives merely said they had spots picked out, but wouldn’t divulge any more details, which leads me to…

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#5.  Local Governments have never heard of them.

 

When local media in Alabama and Texas starting poking around local government agencies near the proposed sites, literally no one had even heard of DreamVision. That means they had not been approached by anyone on the team before these media events happened.  To put this into perspective, imagine someone announcing the opening of a mega mall five-stories-tall with attractions, movie theaters and more right down the street from where you live not even talking to you about it before it happens.

 

In the end, not only will those conversations need to happen, but they will need city approval in order to even build there. While the parks themselves are being built with private money (more on that later), if these were to get built the city needs more infrastructure in order to support a venture that could create up to 20,000 jobs. This would require more housing, more schools, more roads, more water and more power grids, for example.

 

And who’s to say these cities even want a mega resort in their backyard? The Wizard of Oz theme park in Kansas as well as Disney’s America in Virginia were both squashed by local governments who ultimately didn’t want a major theme park being built in their backyard.

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#4.  Plans without substance.

 

In addition to theme parks, DreamVision wants to create their own Broadway plays to be performed within the parks. The only things I have found they have created thus far are small amounts of computer animation seen in short form on their website. Yes, they can claim that the members of their team have done some amazing things, but none have been for DreamVision yet.

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In the press conference they held in Muscle Shoals, they announced that the Alabama Music Hall of Fame would be moving to the new park. However, when the press asked a board member for the Hall of Fame for a comment, he said that he had not heard of any plans to move it and he had not been contacted.  Starting to sound fishy yet?

 

#3.  A shady past.

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According to public records in Florida, DreamVision was sued by several companies because they defaulted in payments for past work. Apparently Rick Silanskas, the CEO of DreamVision, promised to open a smaller theme park in Lake County, Florida that amounted to a heaping pile of nothing. If you think that this CEO just had a deal go bad, many reports are saying that he has several inactive or defunct corporations: DreamVision Animation, Jesus Is Lord Television Ministries, Crystal City Music Palace and Little Darlin’s.

 

In addition, there have been several lawsuits against DreamVision, to which money is currently owed and has yet to be paid. However, none of this compares to the #1 reason why this thing will never see the light of day…

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#2  Location

 

Prior to reading this article, have you ever heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama? Me neither.  According to the 2010 census, their population was 13,146.  Now, if you believe the press release this park could generate in upwards of 20,000 jobs for the area. That’s a job for every man, woman and child currently residing in the city, plus surrounding counties and then some. You also need people to run schools, police departments, gas stations, etc… but who’s counting?

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#1. Awful Concept Art.

 

For a moment, forget the reasons I listed above and pretend that DreamVision is a reputable company with loads of experience, no bad loans, land that has been purchased and governments that are on board. Let’s just pretend that all of those things have happened.

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Scattered throughout this article are pieces of concept art for both DreamVision parks in Alabama and Texas. Not only are they using no branded IP’s (intellectual properties), but their design is both impractical and uninspired. Using generic locations like “New York” and “Hollywood” have been done over and over again in the theme park world. Some to great success and others leave something to be desired.

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There isn’t one drop of this plan that I have seen thus far that would make me want to travel to either Texas or Alabama to see either one of these multi-billion dollar flops.  All of the artwork feels like it was done as a school art project created by middle school-to-high school-age children. In addition, the concepts for a ride where the elevator breaks in the Empire State Building doesn’t sound or look exciting in the slightest.

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If families book a vacation based on seeing a roller coaster that mimics the highs and lows of the New York Stock Exchange, I will eat my shoes. That’s right, every last piece of it from the tongue to the rubbery heel. The plans are embarrassing.

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Go home DreamVision. Don’t make any more of a fool of yourselves than you already have.  Save yourselves from more humiliation and ridicule.  It’ll only get worse from here.

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  1. fan51
    Posted February 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    “epicenter of music in the world”

    Even more ambitious than Hard Rock Park. It just sounds ridiculous.

  2. abitaman
    Posted February 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    This article reminds me of this concept for this place, http://www.bontempsresort.com/, also here… https://www.facebook.com/louisianathemepark . This place is “supposed” to be built soon in the town of Houma, Louisiana, (population around 34,000). Grand concepts, and at one point the entire park was supposed to be built in a dome so that it can stay open all year long and be air-conditioned. Of course, no permits, no community discussions on the park, no land being bought, no local news media. I’ve got to wonder if this place is not a scam.

  3. UncleKG1
    Posted February 13, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    It does sound like a bunch of smoke and mirrors. This is the statement I find troubling, though. “Prior to reading this article, have you ever heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama? Me neither.” If you’re a fan of any late 60’s/70’s music, you should know Muscle Shoals. A “who’s who” of rock and R&B musicians have recorded in that town, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, etc. etc. There’s a good documentary about the area on Netflix called “Muscle Shoals.” You should check it out.

  4. Posted February 14, 2015 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I love that you mention the concept art at the end of the article. as I was reading I became increasingly concerned by the elementry quality and lack of theming. Its very rare for TPU to report negatively on themed entertainment, so if you say its bad…then it must be REALLY bad.

  5. southerngrace
    Posted February 14, 2015 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I stopped reading at Location…what has happened to responsible journalism? The population for Muscle Shoals may include JUST muscle shoals in a census, but in the bigger picture Muscle Shoals is also called “The Shoals” and “Quad-Cities”…oh..and for a reason. Around muscle shoals is Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Florence. Then you can stretch a little further south and have Colbert Heights, Littleville, and Russellville. Out of Colbert County, Lauderdale County, and the surrounding area there is probably a population of around 80,000 people. I would guess around 40,000 of those are working. Plenty enough to employ. I also do not understand why someone not hearing of a place is a good enough reason to not put a theme park there. I’m sure if Cedar Point didn’t exist nobody would know where Sandusky, Ohio is.

  6. midlifemouse
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more with most of your points, but not knowing Muscle Shoals’ significance in the pop culture landscape is just sad. Check out the documentary other commenters mentioned. There are some weird directorial choices (it was by a first-time filmmaker), but it’s a pretty revelatory account of the town’s role in music. In addition to the recording studios, another of the “Quad Cities,” Florence, was home to W.C. Handy, the father of the blues.

    As for the overall idea of a music-centric theme park, it will and has worked. Opryland USA is to this day one of my favorite theme parks to have ever existed. It was light on rides, but the sheer amount of musical entertainment available there was mind-boggling. I still suspect corporate malfeasance in the decision by Gaylord execs (who were soon out the door) to tear it down.

    Finally, the supposed financier of the DreamVision projects, Provident Capital, only recently incorporated and registered a website. Suspicions are that this whole thing is a scheme to lure investors into funding a feasibility study that will, naturally, prove the parks are not feasible. Then they move on to the next round of suckers.

  7. midlifemouse
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    On the point of location, it is valid, but not for the reason you mentioned. Getting to Muscle Shoals and the Quad Cities area is not easy. There are no interstates running through there and no major thoroughfares from local population centers like Nashville, or Birmingham. The easiest route in is to take US 72 from Huntsville or Memphis.

  8. Atomoboy
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Have you never heard Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”? Muscle Shoals is mentioned by name in the song. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweet-home-alabama/id3436864?i=3436842

    Yes, the location is an absurd location for a multi-billion park and the entire operation smells of a scam.

  9. richard
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    In all fairness regarding the location, Muscle Shoals is very well known and respected in the music industry (I could have predicted you’d get the comments you’ve already gotten about this). And to afford that much land you would have to go somewhere rural. Muscle Shoals is rural WITH a significant music connection. Thus the ability to have a legit music theme to the park, but also cheap land.

    With that said, I’ll believe this park is going to exist once they start building structures hooked to utilities accessible by walkways and roads with landscaping and attractions.

  10. richard
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ll add one more thing (even though I’m as skeptical as you on this) but this dude apparently worships Walt Disney. Didn’t Disney build Disney World in the middle of nowhere at the time. It was mostly swamp and they told him he was crazy.

  11. midlifemouse
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Richard, you should read Project Tomorrow. It’s an interesting play-by-play of the secretive process of acquiring the land for WDW and the regulatory and legislative hurdles they had to jump through to bring the project to life. And yes, Orlando was a small farm burg before Disney (and I-4 and the Florida Turnpike) came to town.

  12. midlifemouse
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Sorry – Project Future. I just read it last week. You’d think I’d remember the title correctly.

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