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Posts posted by ericmichaellucas

  1. The Rock'n'Rollercoaster was designed, built, tested and themed by WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises, AKA the Disney Imagineers. Vekoma just provided the manufactured/fabricated pieces, this is the same with Space Mountain:Mission 2 in the Disneyland Resort in Paris.


    Did you know that Disneyland Paris does not own either of it's Rock'n'Rollercoaster or Space Mountain:Mission 2?


    These rides are owned by WED Enterprises and are rented to Disneyland Paris. The Rock'n'Rollercoaster in Florida was also owned by WED until it was signed over to Walt Disney World until late June of '99.


    To back this up and to answer the original question that started this topic, please follow this link, scroll down to the bottom and read under "Facts and Figures"



  2. ^ - In the UK, when a company goes bust and sells up under either chapter 7 or 11, the company in question is sold for a nominal fee. The fee is always MUCH CHEAPER than the potential value of the company, this is to allow the creditors to be paid off by the new owners.


    One recent example in the UK. American homeware store and UK high street giant Woolworths went into administration (chapter 11) just before christmas 2008. The administrators (I think in this case DeLoitte) put Woolworths up for sale for a nominal fee of £1.00 (approximately $1.50 at the time). The terms of the sale were that anybody who took over Woolworths had to pay back approximately 70-80% of Woolworths debts (£350million approx. or $525million approx.). Unfortunately, an acceptable offer was not found and Woolworths was liquidated. All remaining stock was sold at around 10-25% of the marked priced and anything that could be sold - was! Any money made was paid to the creditors and and residual amount paid off.


    With the new owners paying $25million for the HRP company, I think not all the debt has been written off, but the new owners will have agreed a payment plan of probably around $150million including the $25million

  3. I too have been upset by the opening day messes that Thorpe Park always have. It's more like a training/full dress rehearsal for the new temp staff for the season. I can almost guarantee that the park will be fully operational March 14th when the Media will be watching them for the opening of saW - the ride. This would be a perfect day to go, but be prepared for it to be very busy. After the press have left and the cameras have been out away, expect the park to have some more down time until the park is pretty much sorted around easter time.

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