Darn, is that the end?

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Just read that Six Flags AstroWorld will freaking close at the end of the 2005 season and the 109-acre site will be sold.

The 37-year-old Houston landmark will close at the end of the 2005 season and the 109-acre site will be sold, parent company Six Flags Inc. announced today. The value of the land now exceeds its performance as a theme part, Six Flags’ CEO said. Additionally, the Greater Houston real estate community is gearing up for what sources point out could be an extremely interesting redevelopment and repositioning.

The reason being that the property’s proximity to the medical center area–combined with the increasing value of land in the area–makes the site a potential gold mine for those who want to bid on the property.

Cushman & Wakefield

9 Comments so far

  1. Emily (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 2:39 pm

    Even though it’s kinda sad to those of us who grew up going there, I think it closing is a good thing in a “ha ha, karma’s a b*tch” kinda way. Astroworld is responsible for my daily back pain, post traumatic stress syndrome, and the inability to live an active lifestyle with my active 3 year old. They let me ride a roller coaster that they knew was having problems and that had been closed until the day I went there to have a fun time. It was not fun, it was the worst day of my life. I wasn’t nearly compensated enough either. Bye bye Astroworld! From my perspective, you deserve this.

  2. B Poirier (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 7:44 am

    It’s actually about time. The place has been becoming shoddy and ugly since it’s haydays in the mid 80’s. It’s become overflowing with too many people (they should have a limit to how many people can enter, 1+ hour waits for rides are ridiculous), and often the stomping ground of gang bangers, jr gang bangers, or gang banger wannabes.

  3. Hesam (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 10:11 pm

    Ahh, Astroworld. The memories.

    I won’t miss it much though – I haven’t been there in years anyway.

    So – any chances of a new theme park opening up in Houston?

    Also, does this mean Water World is closing down too?

  4. Governor (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 10:42 pm

    Man, this is crazy! I thought for sure people would be upset over Astroworld closing… but instead

  5. Ricky (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

    I haven’t been there in many years but hate to see the place close, though.

  6. John (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 8:05 am

    “Astroworld is responsible for my daily back pain” – Get real. Don’t ride roller coasters if you think you can’t handle it. The chain pulls the car to the top of the hill then gravity takes over, not much anyone can do about it from that point on. The keyword here is ‘personal responsability’.

  7. Kassandra (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 8:03 pm

    Gosh.I cant belive Astroworld is actually closing!I will miss it for as long as I live!!!!I thought I would grow up knowing Astroworld.I was never expecting this to happen.Were you?I cant belive it.It is final for Astroworld

  8. Steven (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 10:43 pm

    I am really sad to see Astroworld go. I used to go since 3 yrs old in 1970. This summer I took my family a couple times and it was great. The place looked better than in years and the kids really loved it. Got one last time down the Bamboo shoot, kept the photo and memory. Steve

  9. Doug Vaughn Jr (unregistered) on November 26th, 2005 @ 5:18 am

    Okay , Astroworld is closing ! I’m not real happy about but it’s not a big surprise . I have not been in 6 years , that’s because the last time I went it cost me over 100 dollars for 2 people and most of the rides was broken .I lived in Houston since 69 and I worked there a few summers in the late 70’s . It was a good park but it was costing to much for most folks to go . The need for greed strikes again !

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