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  1. ^ Let's keep in mind that, contrary to what most foreign people may think, the majority of Mexicans don't really care about our ancient history, so, if you ask a local about the landmarks of the city, they won't tak about the museums, or the pyramids. They will tell you about the Azteca stadium, the Angel de la Independencia, Chapultepec (including Montaña Rusa), the markets, etc. Also from a local point of view, the announcement looks suspicious as hell, because, as I said, the winners of the concession do not have any experience building, let alone operating, any kind of amusement park. They are famous for their cases of corruption and money laundering with the past government, and lots of contracts assigned by the current one. Just a week ago, a rumor surfaced that they were planning to build a baseball stadium in the site (baseball is less than popular in Mexico, and a new stadium was built just two years ago), the Mayor denied those claims but the "concert field" in the middle of the park tells a different story. To make thing even more shady, when asked about the decision of tearing down Montaña Rusa, they claimed that it was "no longer operational and only used for scenery" when the park closed, and we all know that is an utter and complete lie.
  2. Now that's a real classic. Here's a view I hadn't seen before: There seems to be at least two coasters, that's a good thing! And, they seem to be planning to keep both ends of Montaña Rusa as scenery, that's interesting. The park will be opened in phases, construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2021, and the first phase would open by the end of next year, followed by a second and third phases opening in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
  3. I agree with you Robb, from the enthusiast point of view, it was not a particularly exciting coaster. In the other hand it was the only wooden coaster in all of Mexico, and a landmark of the city, just like the Cyclone is to NYC. That's what makes it being torn down particularly sad. If it was to be demolished to be replaced with an amazing rollercoaster, I would be so happy, but as it is...
  4. Hello everyone! Ok, this is going to be a though post to write, I'm still processing the information that has been released just moments ago. As Jakizle has already posted, a new operator has been chosen and it is, strangely enough, Mota Engil Mexico, a construction and infrastructure company with no experience in any kind of entertainment whatsoever (but with a lot of infrastructure contracts won under the current Mexican govt). According to the City's government, they were chosen because of the quality of their project and their financial structure. It has been made public that Six Flags along with three other competitors retired from the process, most likely because of financial constraints derived from the Covid-19 emergency. Now, as I said, moments ago, some details of the project named Aztlan (after the mythlogical city from where the Aztecs started their journey towards Mexico valley 1000 years ago) have just been released. The big reveal is that Montaña Rusa, the legendary mobius woodien coaster, an ACE Landmark that opened in 1964 is going to be demolished. As it seems, the focus of the park will be very far from thrills of any kind, it will only include a few flat rides, the most important of it all being a 50 metres (150ft) tall panoramic wheel, themed to the most important Mexico City neighborhoods (?). And what appears to be a kiddie coastr next to it. Some other rides announced consist in a laser tag, wrestling ring, and a museum dedicated to classic Mexican movies (yeah, i thought "wtf" too) Master plan: As you can see, a big part of the "park" will consist in a big concert field, because that's juuust what the city needs, and a lot of natural areas, because being in the middle of the biggest forest in the city doesn't give you enought trees and resting spaces. (/s). Rueda de los Barrios (Wheel of the Neighborhoods): Vuelo en el Tiempo (Flight of Time), a virtual ride to relive the history of the city: Thoughts?
  5. Hello everyone! Although the removal of rides at La Feria has been going for about a month, starting this week it has taken full speed with the beginning of the disassembly of Quimera and Raton Loco. More pictures here It seems likely that they are planning to remove all the rides before the official announcement of the winner of the concession agreement for the construction and operation of the new park to be located here, the announcement iwill take place on november 29th.
  6. Well, that is strange, of all the times I've been to La Feria I had never seen Los Troncos run with that little water. Usually, the water level is just "normal"
  7. A friend of mine captured the following drone footage of the current state of La Feria (April 2020), as you can see, six months after the accident, the park remains in the exact same state as the day it closed, with no rides removed yet and even Quimera's fatal train still valleyed in the spot where it's last car finally detached. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  8. UPDATE Operadora de Desarrollo Humano Chapultepec, subsidiary of Ventura Entertainment and former operator of La Feria has just obtained "legal relief" from a federal tribunal against the termination of their contract by the Government of Mexico City, it was determined that their constitutional rights may have been violated and therefore the licitation process promoted by the City is cancelled until further notice. Now, what will happen next? In the Mexican law system, a resource of amparo or "legal relief" stops any legal action against a person or entity and starts a series of trials to determine whether their rights are being affected by said legal action, these trials may take a very long time, from weeks to years, to finish. In the meantime, the City is forbidden to continue the licitation process for La Feria, and the park must be left "as it is", until a federal judge makes a decision about it.
  9. Both Schwarzkopfs, the Spinning Wild Mouse and 27 other rides belong to Ventura Entertainment, and they must be removed from the site as soon as the legal procedures end. That being said, Cascabel (shuttle loop) may be moved to another of Ventura's parks, but Quimera... I don't know Only 8 attractions belong to the City and therefore their fate will be decided by the new concessionaire, including Montaña Rusa (möbius wooden coaster), Los Troncos (log flume), the park's train, and some older kiddie rides.
  10. That wouldn't be the case, since all the newer rides belong to Ventura and will be taken away by them. The remaining attractions are too old.
  11. Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates, there's a lot going on lately regarding the fate of La Feria de Chapultepec, so here I go with the most important points: 1. Ventura Entertainment, former operator of La Feria is being held responsible for the fatal accident, as of now, two people (the chief of maintenance and the legal representative) have been sent to jail and are waiting for trial. 2. Ventura says that the City's government has not been following proper and fair legal procedures, since two international experts hired by them were denied entrance to the site, among other things. 3. The City has started to look for a new operator. Six companies registered as contestants and are due to present their projects in March for review. Two of them are in the mall business, one is linked to an older operator of La Feria and Selva Magica (not Ventura), other two are not well known and the last one is... Wait for it... SIX FLAGS MEXICO. Yes, we're all shocked by the news. No more details are known. 4. One thing that has been worrying Mexican enthusiasts is that, according to the requirements published, the future operator will NOT be obligated to build an actual amusement park. They will have the freedom to choose what they will do with the site as long as it's inspired by Mexican culture or nature, is affordable and suitable for everyone and keeps it's entertainment focus. Even they will be able to decide whether to renew, keep for scenery or scrap the historic Montaña Rusa. 5. The announcement for the winning project is scheduled for April 20th, so, stay tuned for more news
  12. The park as we know it will definitely not reopen. The Ventura Entertainment company officially fired all the employees yesterday since the local authorities have made clear they will no longer let them operate the park. The bad news is that Ventura owns half of the park's rides, including Cascabel (the Schwarzkopf shuttle loop) and will take them away, that will be a very long legal and logistical process. The good news is that the City owns Montaña Rusa, and it will probably stay. What's next is that after november, the City will look for a new consessionaire to reopen the park, but given the circumstances and the ride removal process I mentioned, I doubt we'll have La Feria back in the near future.
  13. Well, let's keep in mind that the people who perform those investigations are not experts on all things regarding rollercoasters, and they will include anything outside of the ride's specifications on their reports. I don't think the 5-car arrangement had anything to do with the accident
  14. That translates into "you should put RMC out and give it eleven rolls of barrel"
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