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March 8, 2000

Jazzland New Orleans Ready For Late May Opening

New Orleans, LA -- After years of planning and 18 months of construction, Jazzland Theme Park will open its gates on May 20, 2000. With high-energy entertainment, celebrities and political leaders welcoming the crowds at the morning grand opening ceremony, Jazzland will begin its first season in New Orleans.

Fun for the entire family!

Jazzland Theme Park is a 140-acre world-class theme park with 30 exciting and thrilling rides, quality family attractions, spectacular shows, scrumptious food and a variety of outstanding live music entertainment. Located at the intersection of I-10 and I-510 in New Orleans East, Jazzland will be open to the public May through October; daily during the summer and weekends during the spring and fall.

The Six Themed Sections

Enter through Jazz Plaza with its French Quarter-style architecture, evoking the essence of old New Orleans. Jazz Plaza is also home to Jazz Hall, the place for fabulous entertainment. It's here that your feet begin to move to the beat of Jazzland.

Jazzland PhotoIn Cajun Country you'll experience the lore and fun of Southwest Louisiana's people, food and music. Feast on bayou bites of spicy cookin' seasoned to perfection. This is also the place to cool off on the Cypress Plunge(SM) water ride, cruise on the Gator Bait airboats or get crazy on the Muskrat Scrambler roller coaster.

Pontchartrain Beach is where Jazzland has recreated New Orleans' famed amusement park on its own Jazz Lake. Delight in the nostalgia of the setting as you take in such thrills as the Sonic Slam and Bayou Blaster sky shot rides, the Zydeco Scream coaster and the Big Easy, Jazzland's 90-foot classic Ferris wheel.

Every day is "Fat Tuesday" in the Mardi Gras section and the party never ends. Catch the carnival spirit at the nightly parade, make a splash on Spillway Splash-Out and get ready for serious thrills on Jazzland's signature wooden coaster -- the Mega Zeph.

Kids' Carnival is the favorite place for little ones who can soar on the Red Baron, drive the Kids' Bus and fly a Zinger Swinger(SM). Everything here is kid-sized and kid-approved.

Goodtime Gardens, Jazzland's open-air lawn, offers the ideal setting for company picnics, group activities and outdoor concerts.

For more information visit the Jazzland website at

Jazz Plaza, Cajun Country, Gator Bait, Muskrat Scrambler, Pontchartrain Beach, Sonic Slam, Bayou Blaster, Zydeco Scream, Big Easy, Mardi Gras, Mega Zeph, Goodtime Gardens, Zinger Swinger and Kids' Carnival are service marks of Jazzland and Ogden Entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Jazzland, all rights reserved.