The buzz around the Secret of Connaught is finally over. When citizens heard the Connaught would be encased in steel there arose an outcry. In a fascinating press release today, heavy backers announced the financing of a Hamilton theme park: Shortyland. This entirely Martin Short themed park will feature rides and attractions based on the lovable characters Short has played over the years, including Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. It’s modeled after Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. Hamilton’s Martin Short, graduate of Westdale High School, was instrumental in the Canadian Comedic invasion of the US of the Eighties, through SCTV and Saturday Night Live.
The theme park will feature a 30-foot rotating sign with Short’s smiling face on it. It will be like Hamilton’s CN Tower – a landmark that orients you and makes you feel proud to be part of the city. The park will include water slides, a Three Amigos Restaurant, a Eugene Levy sideshow, and fully staffed Second City improve theatre.
Though we couldn’t get ahold of Short, due to his full calendar, we did talk to his high school buddy, Kurt Palmerston. “I bet old Marty is tickled pink. Tickled. I mean, This is a guy who played a 10-year old in the feature film Clifford. Who does that?! A fun-loving guy, that’s who. And guys who love fun, love theme parks. Fact!”
Development is said to start early 2014.
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