Last week, plans for a multi-million dollar mall and indoor theme park complex were released.
The developer, which owns the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall, announced plans to build American Dream Miami, a 200-acre mall and theme park in northwest Miami-Dade. The project, touted as one of the largest malls in the world. – South Florida Business Journal
A Ski Slope in South Florida, A Submarine Ride
In addition, to the shopping, there are a lot of cool features in the conceptual drawings that were released. They include a large water park, indoor theme park with roller coasters and other amusement rides. The indoor ski slope was especially noteworthy given Miami’s warm climate. Another feature mentioned in the article, but not seen in the images was an attraction like the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It would be a submarine ride that would dive into a nearby lake offering views of a live coral reef. Just like concept cars, the finished product may look very different. At this point these are just ideas.
No Time Soon, Possibly Never
We should all remember that these are plans that haven’t been reviewed by local officials yet. The theme park expert quoted in the article mentions that these types of projects take six to eight years to complete. And, this “expert” can point to a project in the New Jersey Meadowlands with a similar name (American Dream Meadowlands) that started in 2004 and may finally open in late 2016! I’ve also covered a number of proposed projects that for one reason or another never saw the light of day.
The article did have a positive tone and seemed to point to a number of reasons that it may get approved and built including: the growth of the area, the jobs it would generate, and the lack of nearby competition in terms of water parks, amusement parks, etc.