Plans are moving forward for the highly-anticipated Grand Texas Theme Park, scheduled to plant its roots in March 2015 near New Caney, Texas off Highway 59 and FM 242. But that's not all. The park is just one component of a larger entertainment district envisioned for the area.

The full district, called the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District, will span 640 acres and will be comprised of these seven themed areas:

  • Grand Texas Theme Park
  • Big Rivers Water Park
  • Ballpark of Montgomery County will play host to both professional- and independent-league baseball teams
  • Montgomery County Event Center will serve as a 200,000-square-foot multi-use space and will also host a professional hockey team
  • Grand Texas Sportsplex will house 90 acres of baseball and softball fields
  • Hospitality Village will house guests with at least two new hotels and an RV resort
  • DownTown Texas will be 450,000-square-feet dedicated to shopping and dining

The 150 acre park, coined an "educational theme park", will have all the trimmings of a traditional amusement park fitted with rollercoasters and other rides, but with a heavy focus on Texas history and culture.

Big Rivers Water Park is a 40-acre site envisioned to integrate the natural surroundings with water slides and lazy rivers. Other nature themed activities like a wakeboard lake, equestrian trails, petting zoos and zip lines - are planned throughout the entertainment district.

To help ensure its success, theme park owners have assembled a team of industry heavy-hitters including former AstroWorld general manager Chuck Hendrix and one-time Six Flags Magic Mountain director Bob Logan.

By 2020, officials anticipate 4.5 million annual visitors to the theme park district, which will bring roughly 2,000 new jobs to the area. As many as 1,600 construction workers are expected to be used during the building process, which begins in January.

More details continue to unfold, but for now it seems Texas will soon have a new worthy successor to the once-loved Six Flags AstroWorld.