Paula Deen restaurant, new ride coming to OWA for 2019

Renderings of what the OWA development in Foley, Ala., might look like once it's developed and opened. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians opened the park in 2017.
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(AL.com) — A new Paula Deen restaurant, a “Legends in Concert” tribute show and a haunted house theme park ride are among the top new attractions coming to the OWA amusement park in Foley this summer.

A lot of work remains to be done: For example, the imposingly large building that will house Paula Deen's Family Kitchen still has earth-moving equipment and piles of dirt inside it. However, OWA officials made clear during a media tour that they're pushing forward with Phase II development of the destination development that opened in 2017.

OWA, developed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has two main components: The retail and entertainment space of Downtown OWA, and the 14-acre Park at OWA, an amusement park featuring the massive Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster and an array of rides. (The overall 520-acre OWA tract also includes the city of Foley’s Sports Tourism Complex and events center.)

Downtown OWA opens at 11 daily; there is no admission charge. Free entertainment includes nightly displays in which the fountains in the central lake are synchronized to music. Starting Memorial Day weekend, a free GLOWA dance show will be presented Tuesday through Sunday.

The Park at OWA opens at 11 a.m. daily for the remainder of March. General admission passes including unlimited rides are $34.99, with discounts available for children, senior citizens and military personnel. (Children ages 3 and under are admitted free.) Full hours and additional information can be found at www.visitowa.com.

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