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Can You Dig It? Construction Theme Park, Dig World, Coming to Texas
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A construction-themed amusement park is coming to Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas. Set to be open all year with no restrictions as to age, guests can operate real Mustang Cat machinery at Dig World. The 3.5-acre park will include a playground, a gem-mining station, educational materials from Texas A & M University, and a field with games.  A & M professor and department head Dr. Patrick Suermann relates “The Department of Construction Science is excited to partner with Dig World to create an educational partnership…”

According to the park's co-founder, Jacob Robinson “We want to create memorable experiences for families that last a lifetime as well as educate the next generation about construction and all the possibilities that surround that industry.” Not to mention let kids have plenty of fun moving big and real equipment they've seen on TV and read about in books.

Projected visitation is 100,000 guests each year, along with plenty of opportunity for field trips and parties. The park is the brainchild of Robinson and partner Rick Bennett. It will offer the opportunity to operate a variety of equipment such as excavators, skid steers, and UTVs. Mustang Cat president and COO Sam Tucker says, “We look forward to partnering with Dig World as they showcase our heavy equipment in a hands-on experience for the entire family.”

The grand opening of the all-ages park is set for some time later this year. Depending on the height of a child, kids can operate machines on their own or with the assistance of an adult. And adults and teens are welcome to take on the equipment too.

The hands-on experience will also be a draw to the mall itself, according to Katy Mills marketing and business development directory Lisa Connolly, who notes “We're committed to growing, evolving, and supporting what the community needs.”

She adds “Dig World will surely enhance the family-friendly offerings of Katy Mills, providing a fun place for families to spend time together during their visit to the center.”

Dig World is set to open soon and continued to expand over a period of approximately two years to reach a variety of locations elsewhere in the U.S. But first, there's Katy. There, the park is being built by Box T Construction and developed by Trivium Advisors. Dig World is offering tracking online via Instagram and their website to see current updates of park development. Future attendees can already pre-book events from birthday parties to field trips and corporate events. As ofnyet however, there is no firm opening date in place.

While Dig World has big plans to “dig in” to a new themed market throughout the U.S., it will not be the first amusement park to offer a construction theme. At Diggerland, USA in West Berlin, N.J., there are over 40 construction-themed attractions situated on 21 acres. At this venue, kids must be a minimum of 36” to ride, in most cases under the care of a parent or guardian. The park has two main features, Diggerland itself and The Water Main.

In Diggerland, both kids on their own and lap riders can enjoy a digging experience with real JCB8030s that weigh in at 7092 pounds. They can also drive off-road in Kubota RTV 900s. There are a variety of construction themed activities as well, such as mini-dig ducks which involves grabbing floating plastic ducks from a pond using a JCB 8018. The same construction vehicle is used by riders with a mini-dig bowling ball game as well.

There are also drivable hydrostatic compact tractors, farm tractors, and skid loaders for kids or kids with parents to drive. A “Dig A Round” ride – Diggerland's version of a merry-go-round, combined with an excavator continues the construction theme. There's also a go kart track for kids only, a rope course and zipline for all.

According to president and CEO Ilya Girlya, “These are all real machines you would see on job sites driving throughout the state of New Jersey, and you can actually come here and operate them in a safe experience that's been modified and engineered for kids…if you love heavy construction machinery, unique rides or just something that's different, this is the place to go.”

Among the park's most construction-centric rides are the Sky Shuttle, a jumbo Telehandler that takes guests 50 feet in the air, and its latest attraction, a Ventract 3400, which lets guests drive and operate a hydrostatic compact tractor, an attraction that is also planned for the new Dig World.

At the adjoining Water Main, families enjoy a construction themed waterpark. Spread on two-acres, the waterpark includes splash pads with a construction theme, water slides, an aqua ball play area, cabanas, and café.

Admission tickets for both attractions: $42.95 per person. The park, which opened in 2014, is partnered with another amusement venue of the same name in the U.K.

Unrelated to either is a construction themed park geared to adults in Las Vegas. Dig This Vegas, originally described as a large play area for grown-ups and kids over 13, where you can operate excavators, skid steers, and bulldozers, has recently turned toward the younger set. The 5-acre site added Kids Digs, featuring one-ton excavators for kids to dig with, and birthday party packages for kids.

And soon, Dig World will join in sharing the distinction with these parks as one of the few places to ride and operate real machinery – at a theme park – in the U.S.

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