City officials aren't ready to give up on the idea of a theme park.
They point to a new study by the city's consultant, Newport Beach-based Ledo International Inc
., which encourages the city to pursue not one, but two theme parks.
And today through Friday, staff members from the city's Economic Development Department will attend an international trade show in Atlanta.
They hope to court developers and film studios such as Paramount
to invest in the InternationalWEST resort, which has been Garden Grove's dream project for years.
The idea for a theme park was resurrected after the city scrapped its plans for a Las Vegas-style resort and casino in 2004. City officials still hope to reshape Garden Grove into a lucrative destination by adding high-rise hotels and chain restaurants to capitalize on the neighboring Disneyland Resort
The city is trying to move away from the concept of an "amusement park," with its multitude of rollercoaster rides, said Chet Yoshizaki, the city's economic development director.
"We hope to partner with a film studio to form a theme park so the rides and attractions in the park will be based on films produced by the studio," he said. "It's very much like what Universal has."
The theme park feasibility study projects the park could attract 4.6 million people and generate about $350 million a year.
The study also recommends building a water park.