I went ahead and merged this with the current project thread for easier tracking of the discussion.
Sounds like they want to do another ride package, and probably from Zamperla. That's nice and all, but it sure will creep the amusement park feel into whatever was left of the charm of the riverfront unless they really theme it and hide the rides better than they have recently. A "fireworks factory" theme would be the final dagger in the heart of any credibility the original SDC theme had left. Usually these concept pitches don't really reflect the actual final details concept that the park has in mind, and I'm sure the theme would change quite a bit to fit the park better, but it sure does smell like something a suit at corporate who has never visited the park would think up. I guess there's no reason to be too harsh at this stage though, all this really tells us is that they are evaluating the demand for a new set of family rides. I guess that's what they have to inevitably do to stay competitive at this point anyway...
I don't know what to think about this, but I'm hoping they do as good of a job as they have with the last few additions and don't totally jump the shark with this next addition if this is the type of thing they're going to do. I think a major renovation of an area of the park like this could really impact the atmosphere of the entire park, and if they just fill it with rides like GE it won't be for the better.
If they do it well, I'll be happy to see a few more rides integrate into the park to keep the GP happy and ease the lines a bit. I've said for years now that I wouldn't mind seeing CC's shot tower make it into the park if it's themed well enough.