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Alabama theme park fills a void for Southern thrill seekers

Alabama theme park fills a void for Southern thrill seekers

A new theme park coming to Alabama’s Gulf Coast hopes to fill a void left by Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of Six Flags New Orleans more than a decade ago.

The Owa theme park, about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is set to open July 21. It will feature 20 rides as part of a $500-million complex built by a local Native American tribe.

The 14-acre site will be the biggest amusement park in Alabama and the only nearby option for serious thrill seekers in a four-state area.

Operators hope residents in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama will view Owa as an alternative to bigger theme parks in the region: Dixie Landin’ in Baton Rouge, La.;

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