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The fact that they're carefully dismantling Quimera as opposed to just knocking it down makes me optimistic that it's going to find a new home somewhere else.

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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

That's a great prediction and all, but it was made five hours after Indiana Beach announced the new coaster on Tuesday.

^ 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

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In other good news, an operator has been selected to run the park. While SFM is a nice park, Six Flags did not win and I'm happy to see a competitor in the region. Hope they can restore the woodie, the park, and be successful!

The winner is Mota-Engil México.

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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 Monta√Īa 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:

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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):

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Vuelo en el Tiempo (Flight of Time), a virtual ride to relive the history of the city:

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Thoughts?

 

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Thanks for the breakdown, Mike.

That's unfortunate news about Monta√Īa Rusa. A modern panoramic wheel in the middle of Mexico City actually sounds incredible though so I do like that part of the project. I feel like tourists will flock to that.

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Well, that's a change.

Monta√Īa Rusa was rough and uncomfortable, but that layout should have been fun if they'd kept it in good shape. Given the park's new focus, I guess it's not surprising they opted just to scrap it.

My first impression on the wheel is that 50m (164ft) is not particularly tall by modern observation wheel standards, but there's enough of a gradual increase in elevation from the downtown core to the center of Chapultepec Park (where La Feria is located) that it should be a nice view when looking into the city. It's a bit higher than the Castillo de Chapultepec elsewhere in the park, which sits on a hill about 120ft above its surroundings.

I guess Soarin' Over Mexico City is an upgrade over the Jules Verne Orbinaut. :lmao:

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Looks like the Schwarzkopf shuttle loop is going, too. Hopefully it finds a new home, as well!

But do I see dueling family shuttle coasters in the top right of the concept art? Not sure if those red and yellow lines are coaster tracks or decorative pieces...

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Monta√Īa Rusa was a terrible roller coaster.¬† It was rough, uninteresting, and for the amount of space it took up, did nothing really exciting at all. I get that it has some "historical value" but I am also of the mindset that not everything that is "historical" equals amazing.¬† I personally will not miss the ride at all.

That being said, here's a clip from the ride that we never released from our 2015 trip.  Both sides of the coaster....

 

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16 minutes ago, robbalvey said:

That being said, here's a clip from the ride that we never released from our 2015 trip.  Both sides of the coaster....

 

Honest question regarding your analytics.  How many people actually watch both full runs of that coaster? They're identical and boring.  I'm pretty sure I fell asleep, if I'm being honest.

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26 minutes ago, robbalvey said:

Monta√Īa Rusa was a terrible roller coaster.¬† It was rough, uninteresting, and for the amount of space it took up, did nothing really exciting at all. I get that it has some "historical value" but I am also of the mindset that not everything that is "historical" equals amazing.¬† I personally will not miss the ride at all.

That being said, here's a clip from the ride that we never released from our 2015 trip.  Both sides of the coaster....

 

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... 

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^Give this new park time and if they see 10 years down the road that they're doing well maybe we'll see a family woodie or something go in!  Also, Soarin over Mexico will never beat the Jules Verne ride with the DVD logo burned into the screen! =)

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7 minutes ago, SharkTums said:

^Give this new park time and if they see 10 years down the road that they're doing well maybe we'll see a family woodie or something go in!  Also, Soarin over Mexico will never beat the Jules Verne ride with the DVD logo burned into the screen! =)

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Now that's a real classic.

Here's a view I hadn't seen before:

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There seems to be at least two coasters, that's a good thing!

And, they seem to be planning to keep both ends of Monta√Īa 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.

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1 hour ago, MKvillalba said:

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.

I get what you are saying using a "roller coaster enthusiast" brain.  But with all the history that Mexico City has from the past 700 years, please tell me that the a wooden roller coaster built only in 1964 does not ever appear in the "top 20 landmarks of Mexico City." That would be such a shame.

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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 Monta√Īa 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 Monta√Īa 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.

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Going to guess that the ride probably needed A LOT of work to actually stay operational, which is money no one likely wanted to spend...

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6 hours ago, MKvillalba said:

 

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2 hours ago, MKvillalba said:

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.

MKvillalba, when I look at that one photo, it does look very much in the shape, size and angle of a baseball stadium. The wheel would make a great landmark in centerfield... Interesting to see what unfolds. 

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