Projects

 

Minick Associates is a unique design services firm providing planning, design and operations largely to the amusement and entertainment industries. The company also furnishes its services to the lodging, gaming, restaurant and night club industries, although its primary business remains directed toward amusement park projects. The company was founded over thirty years ago by J.R. Minick.

Minick Associates has also worked with many single facility owners, both large and small, as well as owners and operators of small chains of facilities little known outside their general location. Often, the planning and design services undertaken by Minick Associates is for the expansion and remodeling of existing facilities – since few new parks are currently being developed in the US. Most new facilities today built from the ground up are being constructed in China and India.

However, for the past twenty-five years Minick Associates has undertaken ongoing design services for the State Fair of Texas, the largest State Fair in the United States. Minick Associates also has provided design services for several other State and County Fairs, as well as for the planned amusement zone for the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain.

Minick Associates became one of the first companies to design what became known as Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) having designed well over one hundred various size facilities including Whimsy in Hong Kong, Frankie’s Fun Park in South Carolina, Play Centers in South America, Nickel Mania, in DFW, The Boardwalk in California and Larz Land in Florida and Texas.

While most of the work undertaken by Minick Associates is planned for the United States, the company has undertaken many projects overseas, which include the design of some 28 Whimsy Entertainment Indoor Amusement Centers ranging in size from 40,000 sf to 4,000 sf, built in Hong Kong and elsewhere throughout the Pacific Rim; six indoor FECs for the Lido Entertainment Company in Singapore; six indoor FECs for Magic Place in Mexico; three indoor FECs for Magic Place in Indonesia; three Ice Cool amusement parks in Nigeria and Ghana; a combination amusement park & water park in River State, Nigeria; a 400 ft giant wheel in the UK; and several ride concepts for Zierer Manufacturing in Germany.

During the past several years, Minick Associates has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with several different park operators including Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Observation Wheels for LGI.

 

RECENT PROJECT PORTFOLIO:

Blackpool Observation Wheel………………………………..Blackpool, England

The Blackpool Observation Wheel is a planned 400 foot high wheel with 60 fully enclosed passenger capsules. The attraction will be located on the Blackpool beach and will feature the observation wheel together with a branded gift and a full service bistro for dining

 

SilverLake……………………………………………………………………Grapevine, TX

SilverLake is a multi-purpose urban destination complex featuring multiple lodging, restaurants and retail merchandise facilities. Stand-alone iconic attractions such as a giant 200’ high observation wheel providing visual elements to add market appeal as well as entertainment for guests during their stay. Other attractions include an aerial tramway which provides a transportation system as well as an entertainment experience, a lake excursion boat, again providing transportation and entertainment alternatives. Two walk-through museum type attractions are also planned to add to the pay-as-you-go entertainment experiences.

 

Arizona Adventures…………………………………………………………Tucson, AZ

The planned Arizona Adventures Family Entertainment Center will offer a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions to market area residents and tourists alike. It will provide year round entertainment as part of a large entertainment district which will offer motor sports venues, sports fields, an archery range, and a permanent fairgrounds.

 

Ice Cool Amusement Park……………………..Lagos, Nigeria & Accra, Ghana

Ice Cool, is the first of a planned chain of local market amusement parks planned by the Ice Cool Bottled Water company. Targeted at a total development cost of some $75,000,000 US, these parks are currently planned for Lagos, Nigeria – and the second in Accra, Ghana, but both are on hold due to the West Africa health crisis this year.

 

Edaville USA…………………………………..……….Carver, Massachusetts

The Edaville USA theme park was founded in 1947 as a heritage railroad originally hauling product and supplies on a large cranberry plantation and slowly became a tourist attraction offering train rides and other amusements to the market. New owners took over the park in 2005 with the idea to redevelop much of the property as a housing subdivision. The railroad and park continued to operate a limited schedule but public demand resulted in a new development program for the theme park and railroad in 2010. Minick Associates has prepared a long range master plan which includes a coaster and a flume, as well as other facilities and will see the development of “Thomas the Tank Engine” area being opened in the summer of 2015 together with a Pirate Dark Ride to premier later in the year.

 

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park………….…Glenwood Springs, CO

Glenwood Caverns, on top of Iron Mountain were discovered in 1893, and began operating cave tours by 1895. The property was acquired by its current owners in 1999, who undertook restoration work on the caverns and began creating a western themed amusement attraction on top of the 7000 foot high mountain, adding a aerial gondola ride to bring up visitors, as ell as a number of other rides and attractions. In 2011, Minick prepared a five year master plan to develop new rides and attractions.

 

Waikiki Beach Club………………………………………………….Honolulu, Hawaii

The Waikiki Beach Club is a proposed 26,000 square foot restaurant and entertainment complex planned for development at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. The facilities will include some 264 seats for inside dining plus about 112 dining seats on the lanai. and approximately 12,000 square feet dedicated to amusements – that will offer games, a double laser maze, electronic gallery and pocket billiards, together with a gift shop providing branded merchandise.

 

Signature Resorts……………………Columbia, TX & Tranquility Lake, FL

Signature Resorts is a leading planner and developer of resort camp grounds. Minick Associates has provided the company design services on some six projects during the past five years.

 

Neptune’s Landing……………………………………………….Alameda, California

Neptune’s Landing is a proposed amusement park and resort hotel with an indoor water park planned for development on the San Francisco Bay in Alameda, California. The project will offer some thirty rides including a world coaster, two steel coasters, a 200’ high observation wheel, dark ride and a fun house. Its concept is to recreate the look of the famous historic parks of 1920’s San Francisco. The complex is estimated to cost approximately $150 million.

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