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Small News From The Theme Park Industry

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Lofty, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter

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    First up I have some interesting France news (See below) but let me mention the 2 Boomerangs mentioned above. Duane added these to the DB earlier this week after a chat I had with someone at Transmart. While we have known both Boomerangs were going to Transmart for a while now we didnt know which way round they would go. However we learnt that the park in Bali would be getting a boomerang with new trains while the Jakarta one would not need new trains. While this isnt conclusive it leads us to believe the Bali Boomerang will be the one from Knotts as it has the older trains while the Jakarta one will be Pleasure Islands as it has newer model trains already. Not conclusive but its I reckon a pretty good certainty.

    Now on to France.

    News from a small park in France called Volcania which is currently a quasi educational park about Volcanos.
    The park will build a new coaster for 2021 themed to earthquakes. While it wont be huge due to a 20m cap at the park it does sound like it will be well themed. And a unique element in France? On an Earthquake themed coaster I would take a punt at a drop track however Futuroscope may very well beat them to the punch there.

    A couple of translated quotes from an interview about the park.

    Source (In French)
     
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  2. Lofty

    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Intersting to see that they're going down the more 'theme park' route as opposed to edutainment that they've relied on to date. I wonder if the new addition of the dark ride at Puy de Lemptégy (literally next door) has made them buck up their ideas and try to get ahead of the game?

    My small news is that Toverland has seen an enormous 19% increase in their visitor numbers, from 682,000 to 812,000. This increase is absolutely enormous for a park and can is the direct cause of the rebrand, Port Laguna and Avalon. Impressive stats.

    Source: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6494308926694191104

    For you graph geeks:
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Toverland. <3

    Here's to this success helping them grow even further.

    Mack launcher on that dirt plot next to Fenix 2021, calling it.
     
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    The best part about the Toverland stats is that they're, for lack of a better word, disappointed with that increase, as they were targeting 900k guests for 2018. They're still happy with the numbers they got, but the fact their ambition is to get higher numbers already is great.

    It's definitely a park with ambition, and I'm really looking forward to its future.
     
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    I think with the introduction of their hotel in the coming years, they'll easily achieve their target. I'd quite happily spend more than one day at the park, it's just a really nice place to be?
     
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    The director of Bagatelle has shared this concept art for the new design of Gaz Express' train. Looks really cool!
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    I genuinely though this was a joke post :D.
    From the looks of things you're belted in and it tilts? I usually kinda like how basic their contraptions are but this one is maybe a step too far.
     
  11. Lofty

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    I thought it was a joke, too. It made me laugh so much.
     
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    They were awarded a patent because, as silly as it is, it's a new and unique idea and that's basically the only requirement one needs to apply for a patent.
     
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    Now they just have to work out how to get that truck onto a coaster track.
     
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    Cheetah Hunt at BGT is closed indefinitely:-

    Anybody have an idea as to why?
     
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    It is probably as simple as they don't know how long something is going to take to fix or how long a part is going to take to arrive. The others are probably just scheduled maintenance where there are no specific issues to fix. Doubt we'll see it going anywhere.
     
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    Yeah, it sounds like it might just be an issue they're trying to get fixed and don't have a definite date on it. It's much easier to just not put a date on it reopening if there's a fault as opposed to annual maintenance. It'll cause less hassle not putting a date over putting one and it falling behind.
     
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    Looopings have reported Walibi Holland's visitor numbers for the past couple of years:

    2018: 838,000
    2017: 858,000
    2016: 900,000

    That puts them only 26,000 ahead of Toverland. The numbers are extremely close, and 4-5 years ago it felt perhaps almost unimaginable that Toverland could be that close to Walibi. No doubt Untamed will help extend Walibi's lead for now, but it'll be interesting to see the future of Dutch parks...
     
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    I must say that I'm surprised that Walibi doesn't get higher visitor numbers considering the size of the park. But I'm sure Untamed will remedy that in 2019!
     
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    Totally agree. Wonderful park, such a surprise too, I was expecting it to be a little bit like Plopsa (fine but not worth going out of your way to go to...) but it was gorgeous. Very excited to see what happens next with Toverland.
     
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    Looking closely at this image it appears installation of the old Pleasure Island Boomerang has started at Trans Studio Action Zone in Indonesia. (The track is now yellow with black supports)
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