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  1. Very happy to see this wonderful park working with this great roller coaster designer/builder. Now to start traveling again and get back Silverwood.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 as I walked El Toro, an employee asks where I'm going. I told her I was just walking around the park since the rides are closed. She told me I couldn't keep walking towards El Toro since the park is closed. I asked her when the park closed. She said it just happened. I turned around and kept talking and said when did the park make the announcement. She said they can't make an announcement about the park closing. I asked what she meant, and she said the park doesn't make closing announcements, it was her job (and her counterparts) to tell everybody. Ten seconds later the announcement was made over the PA, a little before 4PM
  5. 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 than one million visitors a year has been sold out of administration to a group which owns a West Midlands rival. Representatives from PwC were appointed as administrators of Tamworth-based Drayton Manor Park Limited - along with its catering and hotel businesses - earlier today. Now it has been revealed that the resort has been sold to Looping Group. The buy-out will see the resort's 599 employees transfer across to the new business while all trading aspects of the group will remain in operation as usual, and existing bookings will be honoured. Mike Denny, joint administrator and PwC director, said: "The Group had been facing exceptionally challenging trading conditions. In February, Storm Dennis forced the park to close unexpectedly, whilst its planned reopening in March was delayed due to Covid-19. "These factors combined exacerbated cash flow pressures on the Group. "We are delighted to have helped secure a sale which preserves 599 jobs and ensures the survival of a much loved leisure attraction that is steeped in history and heritage. "The purchasers will be working with the existing management team to continue to grow and develop the business, we wish them every future success." Related Articles Drayton Manor Park boasts more than 100 rides and attractions - including Europe's only Thomas Land - as well as a 15-acre zoo and four-star hotel. The deal will see the theme park and zoo operate under the company name of Drayton Manor Resort Ltd while the Bryan family, who have owned and run the resort since it first opened to the public in 1950, remain a key part of the management structure with William Bryan retaining his role as managing director. Looping Parks is a European group of regional leisure parks which boasts 15 parks across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Portugal. In the UK, it currently owns West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley and Pleasurewood Hills in Suffolk. Laurent Bruloy, CEO of the Looping Group, said: "We are thrilled and proud to welcome Drayton Manor Park and its talented team to our group. "I would like to commend the Bryan family who has, over three generations, been developing the park and made it one of the most beautiful references of our industry in the UK. We are deeply respectful about all that has been achieved by the teams. "We aim to continue the story and support Drayton Manor’s development with the same entrepreneurial DNA and values that we share whilst keeping the strong local anchorage of the resort. "Our aim is to provide visitors with an unforgettable, fun and entertaining family day out. The park’s offering is the perfect fit with us, with its extensive range of award-winning rides and attractions including Europe’s first and only Thomas Land."
  6. I appreciate the quick change of direction from Knoebels
  7. 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, the Playland beach and boardwalk are open to county residents. A mini-golf course and nature preserve at the complex are also open.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 and the park to maximize profits. Once season pass holders buy those passes, they are no longer revenue generations at the park. Delaying the opening til 2021 is not going to bite them. SF will take short term pot shots for the enthusiast community online, but those same enthusiasts will buy passes or continue memberships and come back next year
  10. 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 of the 22-hectare site to the Tokyo metropolitan government, which plans to build a park that will also be used as an emergency shelter space in the event of a disaster. The railway company will lease part of the land to Itochu Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. will run the Harry Potter theme park. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike welcomed the prospect of the theme park, which would be the second such facility in the world, following the one in London. Toshimaen's closure is scheduled on Aug. 31, excluding a hot-spring spa. Seibu said the amusement park will reopen from Monday, except for the swimming pool area, after having been shut due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Toshimaen, which opened in 1926, is one of the largest amusement parks in Tokyo with over 30 rides and attractions, including a wooden carousel that was made in Germany in 1907 and brought to the park in 1971. It has also been famous for its various kinds of swimming pools such as a 350-meter, doughnut-shaped pool, which is said to be the world's first flowing pool.
  11. 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.
  12. I was actually smiling because Drievliet is possibly my favorite micro park. But thanks for continuing to promote NeuroGen.
  13. Discussion threads get created when there are multiple news stories about the park that the people of TPR respond to. I highly recommend starting a new thread with Marineland in the title. Once I see real discussion out there a Discussion Thread is created. I'm talking about real news. If people start threads about a new lemonade stand, a bathroom being refurbished or a new cleaning service being hired, then I'm unlikely to create a Discussion Thread.
  14. Parks benefit more from a thousand families visiting 3-4 times a year, than from a thousand enthusiasts visiting once every 3-4 years.
  15. The Taco Shoppe is returning https://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_3fa84ee4-9937-11ea-9f07-ff5b006d2547.html Indiana Beach announces opening day and Taco Shoppe return James D. Wolf Jr. Staff Reporter May 18, 2020 Indiana Beach has set a tentative date for reopening and has announced that longtime favorite the Taco Shoppe is returning to the boardwalk. The Beach officials have been teasing out details of its opening on social media, including making the announcement of the Taco Shoppe’s return at 1 p.m. Monday with Greg Johnson, owner of the long-time family business. The Taco Shoppe had left at the end of last season after being at the Beach more than 30 years, announcing the departure in July 2019 and walking tacos out to the parking lot so customers didn’t have to pay admission price. The restaurant was once featured on the Food Network. Indiana Beach’s opening won’t be the traditional Memorial Day weekend. The park announced a limited access VIP Grand Reopening Day scheduled for June 26, and the reopening for the general public is set for Saturday, June 27, according to a statement the amusement park. The dates depend on how things open due to COVID-19 social distancing measures. The campground owned by the amusement park will open at 12:01 a.m. May 24, but K.O.A. is not prepared yet, according a Facebook video on the Indiana Beach page. Existing reservations will still be valid, and the park is taking reservations. In a Facebook broadcast, someone who identified himself as “Tom” said that all 2020 season passes that people bought from the previous owners, Apex Parks Group of Aliso Viejo, California, will be honored if people didn’t get a refund via their credit card company. Apex had announced Feb. 18 that Indiana Beach would not open in 2020 and the company couldn’t find a buyer. But Indiana Beach Holdings LLC bought the amusement park in April after being in negotiations since shortly after Apex announced the closing. The company’s CEO is Gene Staples. In the videos the new owners posted on the amusement park’s Facebook page, Tom said that ticket prices will be announced coming soon and he assumed that they’d be the same or similar to what Apex charged. People have been asking online if there’d be less expensive passes for those just walking the boardwalk so they didn’t have to pay full price. Monticello residents were angry when Apex ended the ability to go to the boardwalk and its restaurants without paying admission. In one of the Facebook videos, Tom said that one merry-go-round was gone but one remained and that most everything was still there. Maintenance is there every day working on the rides, he said. The Shafer Queen paddleboat is getting repainted and the iconic “Fascination” game is once again ready to roll. To be eligible to get in the first day for the VIP opening, people are required to buy a paver brick for the “Road to 100 Years” project. “Space to this event will be extremely limited,” the official statement read. A 4-by-8 inch brick is $75 without the VIP package and $169 with the package, and an extra $30 for “an exact duplicate of the brick that you are purchasing from your organization, with the addition of felt backing,” according to the email sent by the park. “All proceeds from this initiative will go directly to infrastructure improvements throughout the amusement park, as well as the campgrounds,” it continued. The VIP package includes two tickets to the event, the chance to see the park before anyone else, live entertainment and music, access to rides and more. There will also be an 8-by-8 inch paver available for businesses that comes with four tickets, Tom said. Pricing for that option was not give. He also said that Indiana Beach is working on more benefits for the VIP program. The pavers will go in later this year, he said. The order form for pavers can be found at https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/indianabeach. The “Road to 100 Years” project is for the approaching anniversary of the park, and the bricks are this year’s fundraising effort, according to the statement. All lodging for the park will be open for reservations starting May 24, about a month before the park itself opens, the official announcement stated. The amusement park is also hiring, according to its revamped website at http://www.indianabeach.com The site also has a “coming soon” post that promises information on daily tickets, season passes and season memberships. Indiana Beach officials and the new owner, Gene Staples, have not responded directly to emails for an interview with the Pharos-Tribune.
  16. If you don't know what NeuroGen is, well ... ask Larry, because I still don't know either. Preach brother! Absolute perfection in a VR attraction. I was drugged, molested, hallucinated, died and was resuscitated. Whatmore could happen?
  17. I hope you are not a citizen. Otherwise, so much ignorance in one post. Wow!
  18. Here's the Platinum upgrade for Sesame Place. While our park remains temporarily closed, we will be offering all active Pass Members complimentary rewards and special benefits as a token of our appreciation. All active Pass Members will be receiving Sesame Place Cash, which can be used at select locations in the park to purchase food, beverages, and merchandise through January 3, 2021. The Sesame Place Cash amount will be issued based on the time the park has been closed and the kind of Season Pass you have. Additionally, Pass Members will receive Bring A Friend Days so that your friends and family can join in on the fun and spend an unforgettable day with you exploring the park and your favorite attractions. As a sign of our appreciation for you, our loyal Pass Member, we will also be granting complimentary membership tier upgrades for all active Season Passes for the remainder of 2020 as well as additional Sesame Place Pass Member events.
  19. The purpose of this thread is to compile information in one place. If you have additional factual information please share. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Automatically extending all active Annual Passes and Membership products to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for the length of time in which the parks remain closed. Domestic single-day tickets and any unused multi-day tickets that expire during the temporary closures will be extended through December 31, 2021. Expiring single-day and multi-day tickets purchased internationally will be automatically extended through the first week of 2022 to provide our guests from overseas additional flexibility. And in-park experiences during the temporary closures can also be rescheduled through December 31, 2021. SeaWorld Parks is automaticaly upgrading season passes and memberships in good standing to the next level / tier. Silver becomes gold, gold becomes platimum, etc. Cedar Fair All 2020 season passes will now be good through the 2021 season Six Flags In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are allowing members to pause their membership accounts until the parks reopen,” Six Flags officials said in a statement. “When a membership is on ‘pause’ the guest’s credit card will not be charged and they will accrue no additional charges on their account.” Six Flags parks offer both season passes that are paid in full at the time of purchase and memberships that are paid by month like a gym membership. Six Flags members have the option to pause monthly payments in a “simple and automatic” process, according to Six Flags officials. Six Flags members who continue to make monthly payments will receive a free upgrade to the next level in the company’s tiered membership program. So far, two-thirds of Six Flags members have opted to continue making payments, officials said. Six Flags members will get a month added to the end of their membership for every month the parks are closed. Six Flags season passholders will get a day added for each day their home park is closed. Disney Disney is extending paid in full season pass expirations by the number of days the park is closed Monthly payments they are on hold Universal Disney is extending paid in full season pass expirations by the number of days the park is closed Monthly payments they are on hold Herschend Dollywood and SDC are extending your current 2020 season pass to June 1, 2021. Wild Adventures is extending your current 2020 season pass to June 1, 2021. Merlin (UK) Suspending monthly payments and adding months for duration of the attraction closures (ie, if they are closed for 5 weeks, two months are added for free). The UK annual pass includes Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Legoland Windsor, London Eye, Warwick Castle, Dungeons, Madame Tussauds etc. Plopsa Will count the days your membership could not be used during their closures and will add that days as soon as the parks will reopen. Hersheypark Season passes purchased for the 2020 season will be honored through June 30, 2021, as will any individual tickets purchased before the summer season begins. Lagoon "To those who have already purchased 2020 season passports and/or season parking, we want you to have confidence in your purchase. We thank all of our season passport holders for their loyalty and support during this time. In response to the uncertainty of this virus, if you do not redeem your season passport by November 2020, with your scannable ticket or coupon the passport and/or season parking will be made valid for the next Lagoon season. However, if you are able to use your passport this summer, we would like to extend to you a special discounted rate to renew to a next season passport on or before December 31, 2020. If you have been putting off purchasing your season passports, now is the time to do so. As long as you purchase your passports before June 30, 2020, you will be included in the special renewal option."
  20. I was about to post this. One thing I read in another article that may benefit Staples is that Store Capital may need immediate cash due to the hit it is taking amid COVID-19.
  21. Of all the articles I've read, I think this one provides the best insight about the sale and the new owner. http://www.newsbug.info/rensselaer_republican/business/chicago-resident-purchases-indiana-beach/article_76418cf2-51d6-5b78-bb98-0a2e3c741f16.html Chicago resident purchases Indiana Beach By MICHAEL JOHNSON editor@thehj.com Apr 23, 2020 MONTICELLO — Indiana Beach has a new owner. Gene Staples, managing broker and consulting engineer at Austin Affiliates, a construction company in Chicago, has purchased the 94-year-old amusement and water park resort, it was announced Thursday. He is now CEO of what is being called Indiana Beach Holdings LLC. “As an amusement park enthusiast and entrepreneur, I find it exciting to be part of a new era for Monticello,” Staples said. “Generations of families have enjoyed summer fun on the shores of Lake Shafer. With their ongoing support and the commitment of local officials, we will be sure future generations get the same type of relaxation and enjoyment we all desire.” No purchase price was announced. “I had known about Gene’s interest for quite a while,” White County Commission President John Heimlich said Thursday. “We’re certainly happy that there was interest in keeping Indiana Beach an amusement park.” Indiana Beach’s social media pages hinted at a possible reopening since April 13, when messages were posted on Twitter and Facebook teasing the possibility. For the “Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers” initiative, the park’s Ferris wheel was illuminated with blue lights — another hint that things were in the works. “We were so encouraged this week when we saw that Indiana Beach had turned on the blue lights at the Ferris wheel in support of ‘Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers,’” Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross said. “We hope and believe this is just the beginning of a great relationship and want to thank everyone that has made this possible. “This is truly good news and we welcome them to our community family.” The White County Commissioners kept mum when asked about the postings as recently as last week, with Heimlich responding via email “I don’t have anything new to report today.” Apex Parks Group, Indiana Beach’s former owners, abruptly announced Feb. 18 that it was closing the park because of financial reasons. State and local officials had worked since then toward locating a potential buyer. More from this section Supporters of Indiana Beach began an online petition to save the park, then staged a rally Feb. 29 in hopes it would persuade the owners to either keep it open or ramp up the search for a new owner. Less than a month after the closure, the White County Commission and White County Council passed a resolution to offer up to $3 million in incentives for any potential buyer. On March 31, the commission and council, with the help of attorneys, established a revolving fund into which the $3 million will be shifted — a move that was required according to Indiana law. On April 8, Apex Parks Group filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. “At least we don’t have to pretend anymore,” Heimlich said Thursday of the sale. “We knew about the purchase right before the Apex bankruptcy (filing).” Heimlich maintained throughout the process that the commissioners would not be involved in making the purchase announcement because it involves private entities. “We don’t get into that,” he said. According to his LinkedIn profile, Staples, who is CEO of what is called Indiana Beach Holdings LLC, has business degrees from Triton College and St. Leo University. He also spent time in communications and aviation in the U.S. Navy from 1991-95. Heimlich said the county’s agreement to provide $3 million from its revolving fund has not been finalized. “(Staples) made the purchase before the bankruptcy, but our loan agreement still has a couple of details to work out,” Heimlich said. “We hope that will be done soon.” Staples told the Republican that much of the work necessary to prepare the campground and amusement park for opening will continue to be disrupted by stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 health emergency, but plans are being made now to open the resort as soon as the situation allows. Gary Fawks, general manager of Indiana Beach, said 2020 season passes and reservations will be honored and plans are under way to prepare for a May campground opening pending restrictions surrounding COVID-19.
  22. Meh, the difference is often only a few minutes. It's more that I somehow always end up around people who feel the need to be right on top of your back or even push to get through the door asap than waiting a few extra mins that annoys me. It's a horrible entitlement that people have. They must be first at all costs. It prevails among enthusiasts also.
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