The world’s largest indoor amusement park is coming to the Astrodome next week. With Astroworld gone the Astrodome is picking up the slack for summer fun. Houston Public Radio’s Rod Rice reports that for two weeks beginning Thursday June 22nd the Dome will be filled with rides from kiddy rides to the Drop Zone.
It slowly lifts you 119 feet into the air…….then drops you….
Jerry Murphy says he expects to get 28 to 35 rides inside the dome. Work begins tomorrow and will be complete just before opening day. This is not Murphy’s the first indoor amusement park.
“We’ve done it in the Superdome in New Orleans for about 20-years and it’s been very successful. People have been able to come in out of the hot weather when it’s 90-100 degrees out, come and it’s cool and nice and they can ride all day long, and another thing we can give them a cheap ticket, you know, like 20-dollars for the whole day.”
New Orleans also began as a two-week event and expanded over the years.
“We ended up doing four weeks. So, it just got better all the time, they wanted more time. We thought if we tried it a couple of weeks here, see what would happen, then we can get our routing in another year to go for four weeks, six weeks, what ever they’d like.”
Murphy says his company has a hundred rides so each year’s rides would not all be the same. That is if there’s enough support this year and it’s worth coming back next year. The Dome will be filled with rides in addition to Drop Zone….
“The giant Ferris wheel, the bumper cars, the Kamikaze, the Hurricane, the Tornado, if they don’t like the Hurricane they can have a Tornado….”
Again it’s June 22 through July 4th at the Astrodome.