FOLEY, AL (WLOX) - The amusement park called OWA opened to the public in Foley, AL on Friday morning. It's a $250 million development by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on a 500-acre site.
The new park is only phase one.
OWA is open for business. Shortly after the first visitors made it past the ticket takers, the thrill ride screams echoed across the park.
Rides, like the Twister and of course the Rolling Thunder coaster, are the biggest draws among the 21 rides available.
"It was scary, but it was great. The best part was probably the drop, and that was the scariest part, too," said one young woman who said she enjoyed the thrill rides.
"I was scared. I couldn't take it no more. I was so happy they had some holding parts, because I felt like I was going to fall," added her daughter.
If it's something a little more mild you're after, there are also plenty of kiddie rides at the amusement park. It is family friendly fun.
"It is an impressive park, and we've got such a great ride package and beautiful games over there, retail, and food. Everything is exactly where it should be, and we're just very, very proud of the park," said OWA General Manager Steve Honeycutt.
The Twister is bound to become a favorite here. Sean and Jake from Fairhope and Daphne give it a big thumbs up. Stomach churning excitement.
"I've got to give it to the engineers in this park, man. I haven't been on a bad ride yet. This park is awesome. We're going to be here a long time today," said Jake.
"Felt a couple times like it wasn't going to come back around, honestly, but I'd say it's pretty fun," added Sean.
Future expansion plans call for more retail, a new hotel, and a water park.
Early roller coaster reviews are encouraging.
"It's definitely adrenaline fueled. Still trying to come down a little bit, still trying to come down," said a still excited Kasey King.
"The loop was fun. Yeah. That was the calmest part. You were getting thrown around the whole time and then the loop is like, aw, nice and like not getting thrown," said one young coaster enthusiast.
General admission tickets are $34.99 with discounts for seniors and the military.
OWA is located off the Foley express, just nine miles north of the beach in Alabama. It's less than a two-hour drive from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.