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I actually think this is right out of the Six Flags playbook. If they're willing to buy a water park in Rockford, Illinois to grow their membership base in the area of Six Flags Great America and add value to the membership then they would absolutely be willing to enter into an operation agreement for La Feria Chapultepec.

 

Mexico City is the most populous metropolitan area in the western hemisphere, it's growing steadily and if they moved into La Feria they would own the entire theme park market in that market for (at least) for foreseeable future with no meaningful competition to speak of and would probably bring in tons of new members. Conversely if another operator moved in and made some notable investments they could grab back a percentage of the market away from Six Flags.

 

Right now they might just be in on these meetings to see how everything plays out as it directly impacts them no matter what and while I can't believe I'm suggesting more acquisitions for a company that had the Q4 they just did and already has a concerning amount of debt, I wouldn't be shocked if they can move on this for a great price and if the price is reasonable I almost think they would be insane NOT to do it.

 

My guess would be Six Flags is interested in trying to get operating fees from the park in some sort of partnership with the City who is presumably desperate to move forward after the accident.

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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 L

Thanks for the update! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s announced.

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So in other words, the rides will be left to rot (without even the pitiful amount of maintenance they previously received), for an extended amount of time, making them worthless in the end. Super.

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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.

 

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Is there a pile of garbage in a swimming pool in the middle of Montana Rusa? Why did anyone go here when the nicest Six Flags park ever was right down the road?

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Is there a pile of garbage in a swimming pool in the middle of Montana Rusa? Why did anyone go here when the nicest Six Flags park ever was right down the road?

Yeah the only reason I can think of to go here is Quim- oh wait...

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^ Quimera is still arguably the most intense coaster I ever rode. Thankfully MindBender at Edmonton is close, but that one doesn't haul through the finale like Quimera did since La Feria ripped out the brakes.

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^ The trough is pretty much empty. Here's a better shot showing just how little water they use.

 

That long flume was such as spectacular disaster, I loved it. There's also a part where you need to duck when it goes under a building (think Knoebels Motor Boats clearances). And the final drop is profiled so awkwardly.

 

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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"

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I don't want this to become the main discussion thread for La Feria, but I thought I'd share this listing of Cascabel (Kennywood's former Laser Loop). https://www.usedrides.com/rides/217016?fbclid=IwAR06NCkg25gu-uMcmEqdyxkIk5G4AqY9z7Zm1Av3UFrs7kOigUTnLHkHtYw I haven't looked to see if there are any other rides from this park listed.

 

490k. For a forty year old coaster. With a flywheel launch.

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I wonder if they will try to sell the Quimera or just junk it. With a complete refurb and new trains like they did for SDL over at Hershey, it would be a good addition for a small park here in the US.

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I wonder if they will try to sell the Quimera or just junk it. With a complete refurb and new trains like they did for SDL over at Hershey, it would be a good addition for a small park here in the US.

My roller coaster headcanon is that Olympia Looping ends up at Knoebels after it retires from the fair circuit. A refurbished Dreier Looping would be an acceptable substitute.

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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. 

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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.

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I liked that park, with all it's rides thrown together on both sides of the main coaster. Sorry to see it being all dismantled like that. And some U.S./Cdn park has got to name their mad mouse Raton Loco. It's too good a name, not to use again. 🎢

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Marvin the Clown, and me. I miss him and the park. TPR 2013 Mexico Tour.

 

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