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  1. The park was reportedly sold for $15 million about 10 years ago, at the time the previously owners were claiming $1 million a year in revenue. There are plenty of small parks in the New Jersey area that survive. With proper market research, a little elbow grease and smart decisions I see no reason this park can't return. There are enough families in the area that won't snub their nose at a small park. I just hope enthusiasts don't put unrealistic expectations on the park and sh!t on the park because it is not for them.. I would love to see the new owners utilize the lake like Indiana
  2. Unless I'm missing something, simply stated, we're looking at the start of a public relations campaign to expand Disneyland. Of course if the focus is on what it can be, they are going to show the "best of" from other properties. I like their comment about removing old rides as a starting point to quiet the opposition from the Disneyland elitists who think their park is the best because it is the original park and sometimes oppose change because they are living in the past.
  3. It all depends on how you rate the most mediocre line-up. I would say the park with the most coasters where none would be in my Top 250 or so would be mediocre in my opinion. Of the parks I've been to Non-US Parks Wiener Prater takes the top spot FlamingoLand SunPark (China) Chuanlord Manor US Parks Valleyfair! Wild Adventures Morey Piers However, Wonderland Eurasia might be the true winner
  4. I just ran across this update https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/lost-island-theme-park-taking-shape/article_3cc989ee-17b8-59dd-b04c-70666c92b2ab.html Lost Island Theme Park taking shape Jeff Reinitz Feb 28, 2021 WATERLOO — Iowa’s newest theme park is rising from a former farm field south of town. The purple supports and tracks of a roller coaster soar above the snow-covered ground, and buildings are beginning to spring up as construction workers continue to labor through the winter. Work is projected to continue through 2021, and the Lost Island The
  5. Is the Citrus Tower still in Clermont? I remember it was a big deal when I was there as a kid.
  6. I saw this headline and thought maybe Goudurix was leaving. No such luck, only the dolphins, sealions and accompanying shows are leaving. https://www.mccourier.com/parc-asterix-announces-the-closure-of-a-flagship-attraction-that-has-existed-since-it-opened-in-1989/ Parc Astérix announces the closure of a flagship attraction that has existed since it opened in 1989 mccadminJanuary 25, 2021 This is the side change for Parc Astérix. The amusement park announced this morning in Le Parisien that one of its main attractions, which has been around since opening in 19
  7. The saga may be over, Standard Amusement is allowed to run Playland https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/12/18/playland-standard-amusements/ Exclusive: Westchester County Executive Agrees To Turn Over Playland Management To Private Firm By Tony AielloDecember 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There has been a major development for the future of Playland, the country’s only government-operated amusement park. The county executive in Westchester has agreed to turn over management of Playland to a private company starting in 2022. A thaw in the legal battle o
  8. If I remember correctly, Wonder Garden was as you assumed, but for kids only.
  9. I was about to post similar info and photos Yahoo News picked up from engadget after the press release YahooLink Other Key Takeaways: Although small to open a Donkey Kong area is under construction Osaka is a COVID hot spot again Super Nintendo World, the much anticipated “life-size, living video game” theme park will open on February 4th in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan has announced. The opening date is a welcome surprise, as Universal and Nintendo last said that the park would open in the spring of 2021. To get folks revved up, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) ha
  10. 5 days of complimentary nights at the resort is worth half the price. If a family of 4 buys 4 passes are they entitled to 4 separate 5 night stays. It is a large investment but, if you look at it that way it's not a bad deal.
  11. It's all about adding money to the bottom line immediately during Q4 since 2020 passes were extended through 12/31/2021. I'm more surprised they are not trying to pre-sell Flash Passes to 2020 Season Pass holders at this time.
  12. I've never been one to go all gaga over Anton, but I enjoyed this coaster. And the Polyp fits in nicely with the park's classic vibe. These two rides are choices by the new owner.
  13. Here are a few photos that ran in a variety of Japanese newspapers last month. The new Opening Date is Spring 2021
  14. Very happy to see this wonderful park working with this great roller coaster designer/builder. Now to start traveling again and get back Silverwood.
  15. Thanks for the feedback. I'll contact Robb and ask him to restore the Park Index to back-up files from June 15th. That is around the last time I can guarantee its accuracy.
  16. Thanks for letting me know. Was July 22nd/23rd the last time you looked in the Park Index? Just trying to estimate the hack date.
  17. I don't know what happened between 12-3 today. I arrived at the parking booth at 3PM, three hours after the person above left. The parking attendant said the park is open but the park doesn't have power to run the rides and didn't know when they would be back online. I figured I would still take a chance since I was there. I was told the same thing at the temperature check and by the person scanning my pass. So I figured I would grab lunch and take two laps around the park. As others have said, the food reservation process works quite well (although you can't make a custom order). So
  18. Drayton Manor has been purchased out of administration by The Looping Group. The Looping Group owns 15 European parks, including 2 others in the UK: West Midlands Safari Park and Pleasurewood Hills The Bryan family will be kept on as part of the management team https://www.business-live.co.uk/retail-consumer/almost-600-jobs-saved-looping-18707961 Almost 600 jobs saved as Looping Group buys Drayton Manor Park By Laura Watson 14:36, 3 AUG 2020 Updated15:03, 3 AUG 2020 Drayton Manor Park has been sold to Looping Group A family-run theme park which attracts more
  19. I appreciate the quick change of direction from Knoebels
  20. Rye Playland will not open in 2020 https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/06/30/rye-playland-not-opening-coronavirus/ Rye Playland Amusement Park Will Not Open This Year Due To COVID-19 June 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Rye Playland Amusement Park will not open this year. The park was originally supposed to open in May, but Westchester County Executive George Latimer says it just could not open safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Latimer says the county will use this time to make some planned capital improvements. While the amusement park is closed, t
  21. 1) Actions speak louder than words 2) Making a statement such as you suggest is easy to do, but also opens up Disney to immediately needing to respond to every covert unseen racist accusation against the company. I'm certain would want to able to respond properly to any accusation and preparing for that takes time and planning. 3) Chip and Dale mountain in Japan in the final straw in the Alvey's moving to Japan.
  22. The pandemic is the reason for the delayed opening, not the fact that the pandemic delayed construction. It is all about the money at this point and not worth opening Jersey Devil if they can't bring in large crowds with social distancing. Even if SFGAdv draws COVID capacity crowds the the park will struggle to make a profit since an even higher percentage of park visitors will be eager season pass holding enthusiasts willing to make reservations in an effort to maximize the return on investment on their season pass. With reduced park capacity it is a battle between season pass holders a
  23. Update on the timing of this project: 2023 https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/06/c6ddeb6f7252-harry-potter-theme-park-to-open-in-tokyo-in-1st-half-of-2023.html Harry Potter theme park to open in Tokyo in 1st half of 2023 KYODO NEWS KYODO NEWS - 14 hours ago - 20:40 | All, Japan, Lifestyle A 94-year-old amusement park Toshimaen in Tokyo will be closed at the end of August, its owner said Friday, and part of the site will be used for a new theme park based on the Harry Potter films, due to open in the first half of 2023. Seibu Railway Co. signed a deal to sell a large part
  24. Regarding the Andrews, I referred to them as Andy (you), AJ, Andrew and with Rector I was usually just shaking my head. I once coached a 5th-6th grade basketball team where 5 of the 10 kids were named Mike.
  25. I was actually smiling because Drievliet is possibly my favorite micro park. But thanks for continuing to promote NeuroGen.
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