Fittingly, DreamVision’s Monday press conference ended with a snow job.
A blizzard of fake snowflakes fluttered over the Ashton Depot ballroom as executives from the Florida-founded film company promoted their gossamer-light plans for a Fort Worth theme park.
They set a 2020 opening for DreamScape Mountain, a $3.5 billion park based on artworks by the late Thomas Kinkade.
Of course, never mind that DreamVision doesn’t own land, doesn’t have a hit movie or cartoon character as an attraction, and has never built anything but suspense.
Somewhere in heaven, the late Billie Sol Estes must have been smiling.
The invited crowd of local friends and investors included Fort Worth inspirational speaker Jamie Cashion and some of the nicest and kindest church people in town.
My advice: Wish DreamVision luck.
Just don’t give them any money.
This was DreamVision’s third rollout in North Texas, and so far they haven’t shown us anything but fireworks and fake snow.
In 2011, Chief Executive Rick Silanskas (”The Ambassador of Romance”) came to a Carrollton church as the guest of a Trinity Broadcasting Network executive.
He said he sensed a “gathering” of Christians in North Texas and announced a “powerful family entertainment entity” moving to north Dallas that would “redefine the family film market.”
By 2013, the event was a six-hour concert and fireworks show announcing DreamVision’s arrival in Fort Worth, apparently moving from its registered address in a small strip shopping center in Claremont, Fla.
Silanskas said off-stage then that company hoped to build a theme park west of town.
On Monday, nobody with DreamVision was even that specific. Mayor Betsy Price said she thinks they’ve looked at several locations, with the real-estate buzz focusing generally in southwest Tarrant County.
And then there was the rollout video, promising that DreamScape Mountain would be filled with “snowy mountainsides and fairytale endings” and would be “where people find their dreams come true.”
As described, the resort would feature a resort built around a snowy mountain and a Thomas Kinkade-style winterland village around “Hope Springs,” plus a New York City section, a Hollywood-styled “Tinseltown,” a storybook land and a section devoted to “the legendary stories of America’s West.”
DreamVision’s new money man is Bryan Robinson of Killen, Ala.-based Provident Global Capital. DreamVision plans a second theme park announcement Wednesday in Alabama.
Provident is registered at the same post office box as the Retail Traders Network, a website and online radio show promising to teach listeners ‘how to make a living in the stock market” and “never have to worry about another job.”
Robinson declined to say much Monday, telling reporters only that his company owns a “lot of different things” and that there are more details on his company’s website.
It’s one page, mostly blank.
I don’t know about you. But if DreamVision asked for my help, I’d show them God’s word in Genesis 1:3.
Let there be light.
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