Expoland closes permanently due to lack of financial backing

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The theme park Expoland, site of a roller coaster derailment that killed one person and injured 12 in 2007, is shutting its gates for good. Expoland's management had been trying to secure financial backing from another company to reopen the park, located in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. However, no partner could be found.

Read more from The Mainichi Daily News.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 10:37 AM

Looks like amusement ride self-regulation works after all!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:08 PM

It's still strange how culturally this is such a huge disaster compared to the way it would play out in the states.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:47 PM

I wonder if the people are anal enough about the situation to avoid another park that might receive rides from Expoland.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:02 PM

Should I be pulled aside (and scolded) for for being a little excited that Orochi might come stateside? Any clone of Raptor is a good clone indeed.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:29 PM

In an odd piece of trivia, it'll be only the second B&M to be relocated... and the first also originated in Japan, before moving to SFNO for a while and now to SFFT.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:33 PM

Doesn't Dominator count?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 10:53 PM

^And Led Zepellin: The Ride most likely will be re-located also.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:02 AM

Jeff said:
Doesn't Dominator count?

Er, the third. Forgot about that one. Though I could list it as only the second B&M inverted to be relocated :)

Last edited by Richard Bannister, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:03 AM
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Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:16 PM

I can think of 3 parks here that could use it. I'm basing this on the lack of a B&M inverted or Vekoma SLC not including Invertigo's.

Kings Island - Has Invertigo but probably too close to Cedar Point,

Kings Dominion- Has Volcano but may go for a B&M

Hard Rock Park - If it survives

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:19 PM

^I'd say ValleyFair, with only an Impulse, is a better bet than either of those operating parks (HRP isn't in the running, IMO). KI is getting a B&M this year, so they'd seem to be "set" for at least the next year or two in terms of big cap-exes. V:TBC is at least full-circuit.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:42 PM

Good call I forgot about Valleyfair. I don't really think it will come stateside so this is just a wishful thinking list anyway. Is there anyway Kennywood could fit it in thier park.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:58 PM

^Kennywood doesnt do coasters designed for a flat terrain ;).

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:17 PM

Or another way of putting it, Kennywood doesn't do coasters that aren't designed for Kennywood.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009 2:57 PM

Except for Li'l Phantom.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009 7:46 PM

I sit corrected. :)

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