Report: Former Disney World, Legoland consultants scout Sanford as possible home for new amusement park

Posted Aug. 02, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 02, 2013, at 7:53 p.m.
A woman pushes a cart down the shady side of Main Street Friday in Sanford, Maine's newest city.
A woman pushes a cart down the shady side of Main Street Friday in Sanford, Maine's newest city. Buy Photo
A an old mill stands in downtown Sanford, a reminder of the newly-classified city's past.
A an old mill stands in downtown Sanford, a reminder of the newly-classified city's past. Buy Photo

SANFORD, Maine — A pair of California-based consultants with high profile portfolios have spent four days in Sanford this week gauging the feasibility of placing a year-round amusement park in the York County city, according to Portland ABC television affiliate WMTW 8.

The two men scouting Sanford are Fred Cochran, an attractions economist who has worked with Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, and Larry Wyatt, head of an attractions design firm that designed Legoland in San Diego, WMTW reported Thursday night.

The visit came as part of a $35,000 feasibility study backed by local theme park supporter Allen Mapes and tourism specialist Bill Underwood. That study included a $5,000 contribution from the city, the television station reported.

“The options are unlimited; it’s just a question of what would best fit in an adventure park-type concept which would be heavily branded to Maine to keep that attraction,” Underwood told WMTW about the promise of an amusement park in Sanford.

York County is already home to seasonal amusement parks much smaller than the ones Cochran and Wyatt are accustomed to. Funtown/Splashtown USA and Aquaboggan water park are on Route 1 in Saco, while Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach promotes itself as New England’s only beachfront amusement park.

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