Space World to close after the 2017 season

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Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby larrygator » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:07 pm

Theme park criticized over frozen fish in rink to close at end of 2017
National Dec. 17, 2016 FUKUOKA

An amusement park in southwestern Japan that sparked a flood of criticism for using thousands of frozen fish in an ice rink said Friday it will be closing at the end of 2017.

Space World in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, closed the skating rink last month after people complained about its attraction in which around 5,000 fish purchased from a market were embedded in the ice to give the impression of skating on the sea. An online rumor at the time claimed the fish had been frozen alive.

The theme park, which opened in April 1990 on an unused lot of the Yawata steelworks, did not specify the reason for the closure.

It had 2.16 million visitors at its peak in fiscal 1997, but the number of visitors has dwindled recently.

“We will be closing on the last day of December 2017 for various reasons,” the park said on its website. “We thank you for your patronage for such a long time.”

Space World informed the Kitakyushu city government of its closure plan on Thursday, municipal officials said.

The city held talks the same day with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., the landowner of the facility, about future plans for the 240,000-square-meter site.

Nippon Steel promised to seek a tenant for the land taking the promotion of the local economy into consideration, the officials said.

Both Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi and Fukuoka Gov. Hiroshi Ogawa expressed concern about the closure’s effect on the local economy.

Space World “has led the tourism industry as a symbol of the city,” Kitahashi said in a statement. “It is truly regrettable,” he said.

Resort operator Kamori Kanko Co. based in Sapporo, northern Japan, has been running the theme park.

A subsidiary of then Nippon Steel Corp. filed for court protection from creditors in May 2005 and handed over the management rights of the park to Kamori Kanko in July that year.
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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:35 pm

Sad to read. :(

I thought it had one of the best sci fi (horror?) walk throughs in Japan - Alien Panic Attack (I think that's it's name).
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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby A.J. » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:59 pm

Save Venus? Save Titan?
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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby pattyboy60 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:41 pm

Hopefully another park buys their coasters! This is sad news though. I thought attendance was always above the 1 million mark. I guess that wasn't enough for them to survive...

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby Blatch » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:53 pm

Well that is a sad.

A.J. wrote:Save Venus? Save Titan?

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby Generic Name » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:29 pm

A.J. wrote:Save Venus? Save Titan?

Don't forget Zaturn!

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby cfc » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:46 am

This is too bad. Space World was a unique, quirky park that I enjoyed quite a bit back in 2007.

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby KBrylczyk » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:24 am

Looks like I need to take a trip to Japan next year to say goodbye to one of the many amazing places in Japan. The day we visited back in 2015 was gray and rainy but I had some of the most fun there!

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby Jetstar2 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:49 am

Crap, I passed through Kitakyushu earlier this year, but I didn't visit. Hopefully it's just a ploy to get people coming back after the massive backlash over the ice rink.

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Re: Space World to close after the 2017 season

Postby XII » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:00 pm

I'd been planning to get to Japan for many years now, but have been putting it off for various different reasons. But considering how Space World is one of the parks I was planning on visiting, this'll probably get me to stop procrastinating and just go next year so that I'll get to go.
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