So for the longest time I’ve had a couple of business ideas floating around in my head and finally decide to share the vision as it were. One of my favorites is to buy a large expanse of desert acreage and build an old west town out in the middle of nowhere. I know there are already old west type towns (ie, Old Tucson, Tombstone, etc.) but this would be something completely different.
By different I mean the visitors to this attraction would be completely immersed in the old west theme from start to finish. At the start visitors would park their cars, surrender their electronics (phones, iPads, etc.) and don period appropriate clothing. Yes guns included. :) They would then have a choice to ride a stage coach or pick out a horse, that they would keep for the entire time of their stay, and then ride the several miles into town. Speaking of stay, I would imagine that the length of time for this “adventure” would be about 4-5 days. This would allow time for the town to be turned around for a different set of visitors every week.
The town itself would be completely authenticate in appearance and construction. No electronic equipment what so ever would be allowed. However unbeknownst to the guests the town would in fact be built on top of an elaborate system of underground support facilities (similar to Disneyland I would imagine) where the staff (actors) could work.
I thought it might even be nice to have specific jobs that the visitors would apply for prior to arrival. For instance one might be the sheriff for a week, doctor, bartender, banker, shop owner, etc. The really interesting twist would be to plant actors in with the arrivals and have them pretend to be guests. These actors could then create stories about the town, start gunfights (blanks only folks), and generally create drama that the visitors might have fun dealing with in a very controlled and choreographed way. Of course we would have a working jail for those that create mischief, real or faked.
A town playhouse would present period type plays as well that the visitors could be lured/encouraged into participating in. Herding cattle on horseback would be a big deal with a desert bonfire type finish. Poker playing and general gambling could be integrated into the salon as well.