November 29, 2020 – Mexico City officials have awarded Portugal-based Mota Engil México and real estate development company Thor urban Capital, the concessions contract for the former Feria de Chapultepec amusement park. Renovation work on the park, now named Aztlán, will begin soon, with a scheduled 2022 opening. Authorities sought new operators for the 50-year-old park after a fatal accident on September 28, 2019.
“Due to the quality of documentation, conceptual proposal and thematic content presented, this company has the technical, financial strength and operational capacity that the project requires,” officials stated.
Mota Engil México is a nonresidential building construction company that is currently working on the construction of the first section of the Mayan Train in southern Mexico, so it looks like they do more than what’s listed in the company profile. Stipulations of the contract states that the companies must fully guarantee “the quality, safety and environmental sustainability of all components , equipment and rides, especially the mechanical ones,” but not Montana Russa (video below), the park’s dueling wooden coaster that opened in 1964. The coaster was deemed to have suffered from neglect too long and will be removed.
Two men, aged 18 and 21, died last September when the wheel assembly of the last car came apart on the “La Quimera” Schwarzkopf triple loop coaster, causing the car to fishtail and derail. Two women were also seriously injured, so the capital authorities decided to revoke the concession and start a new bidding process. The coaster has since been dismantled and sold to Indiana Beech in the USA, where it’s scheduled to open in 2021.
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