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Ride to the future: Palo Alto eyed for Silicon Valley-themed amusement park

Original post made on Apr 1, 2023

A well-known entertainment conglomerate is floating the idea of opening a Silicon Valley-themed amusement park in Palo Alto, according to multiple city officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 1, 2023, 9:48 AM

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Posted by KOhlson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:08 am

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Reminds me of a story told to me by a tech executive in the 70s. Whenever out-of-town guests would come to visit, he would promise to take them to the long lost silicon mines ... "tomorrow."

Posted by James Thurber
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:12 am

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Today is my birthday - my 71st (actor Annette O'Toole was also born today, and also turning 71). When I consider the concept of a full-blown, Silicon Valley amusement park it brings a smile to my face.

Let's do it and build the fastest roller coaster on the planet. Let it go underground, into pure darkness, like the ancient coaster in Santa Cruz on the Boardwalk - the world famous Giant Dipper.

Of course we'd follow the lead of Disney and build Star Wars type rides, fully immersive events.

And the Bay, let's not forget the fact we're adjacent to bird sanctuaries. What sort of "Wild Bird Ride" could the brilliant minds littering Silicon Valley come up with? No doubt it would include smells and splatter to accompany this new-found concept.

As far as location goes . . . my suggestion is to buy-out the current amusement park in Santa Clara along with the adjacent stadium (trust me, we have the money) and build it there.

No car parking - all attendees shall use public transportation, walk or bicycle.

Come on folks - Let's Do It !!!

Posted by Colin
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:13 am

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Awesome. You had me until the SBF ride!

Posted by James Thurber
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:14 am

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What . . . no parking for automobiles? Come on people, look at the MASSIVE amount of space our stupid cars take up. Wouldn't it be lovely to simply hop on a bus, free of course, and be dropped right at the front gate of this new, world-famous Silicon Valley Amusement Park - land of the finest rides on the planet? Wow. Consider it done!

Posted by memsman
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:15 am

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If only it could be true. Anything to get rid of the nasty airport.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:16 am

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Glad to see the inventiveness of your staff. Loved it.

Posted by Bea Peterson
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:17 am

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This is April 1st, right?

Posted by litgal
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:18 am

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Sounds interesting but what about the increased traffic it would bring to Palo Alto?

Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:21 am

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I had heard the park was in fact to actually be floating, to preserve the use of the land below and for travel to other destinations.
Welcome back, PA Online 4/1 authors

Posted by Sunshine
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2023 at 10:50 am

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An amusement park????
That is not something I would suggest for this spot. Are we (Palo Alto residents) that hard up?

Posted by Calius
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2023 at 11:02 am

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We don't need to build an amusement park out at the baylands. Has anyone considered what will happen when global warming shoves sea levels far beyond predictions. If the glacier Thwaites goes into a full melt down as it appears it will, sea level will increase by, I think I read something like 7 feet. Aside from that, we need to keep the wildlife out at the baylands intact. If you must, build it somewhere else, not at the baylands.

Posted by DV Henkel-Wallace
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2023 at 11:35 am

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Sounds awesome. Sitting in a cubicle in a 1960s-era tilt-up! Your ticket requires (not “allows you”) to remain in the park until exhausted. The driving game involves sitting in an immobile “car” on a simulated 101.. The park attendants only speak in technical jargon (do you want a PN or NP pizza? For just $5 extra you can have the crust made of strained Si). Insanely great!

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm

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Lol, today I learned how many people do not read the full story before commenting!

The Silicon Valley Bank Collapse "drop" tower was a good one!

Posted by Jeff Shrager
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2023 at 12:37 pm

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There are some things that make sense, a tech-themed interactive science experience/museum for example (not at all competing with the excellent cal academy). But an amusement park seems a bit ridiculous.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2023 at 2:05 pm

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I just saw the dinosaurs of Cabazon yesterday. Another theme park that was begun and then left as a reminder that pipe dreams never come true after the City lacks funding to complete. A better mousetrap conceived on an acid trip. As reported by an anonymous source ;)

Posted by Ginny
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 1, 2023 at 2:15 pm

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Brilliant all around!!

Posted by Ramona Fernando
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2023 at 3:59 pm

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The Palo Alto Weekly has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in humor writing for all of the great news stories today!

The writers there have the talent to put Palo Alto on the map!

Posted by paulbc
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2023 at 4:10 pm

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This had me going for a while. In other years it would not have, but with the recent negativity (mostly unjustified in my view) about Silicon Valley in the press, I was starting to wonder if we had finally jumped the shark. I think (hope) that there is still enough lucrative R&D to be done that we won't be resorting to gimmicks any time soon.

Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 1, 2023 at 7:59 pm

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I think it’s a great idea and falls in line with my post a couple weeks ago suggesting ways to make Palo Alto a destination city. Redwood City had its Marine World, right? Santa Clara had its Great America. It’s our turn.

Posted by Jeff Greenfield
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2023 at 11:47 pm

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Fred - yes, of course the park will be floating! This is essential to allay potential concerns about sea level rise and proximity to the bay.

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