Monday, July 19, 2004 10:20 PM
We all know what happened to the former SFWoA and it's status.
All I have heard of the sale for the SF European parks was a price of around $200 mil to a company that I have never heard of. So does anyone know if these former SF parks are still being ran as amusement parks? Have the names of coasters, etc., been changed?
Any insight on this would be appreciated.
Monday, July 19, 2004 11:12 PM
Last I heard there weren’t going to be any changes until next year...But it would be nice to hear from someone that’s been, wouldn’t it?
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 5:24 AM
Its all pretty fishy at the moment.
The company that bought the parks is called "Palamon". The parks will run under the label "Star Parks" (pretty imaginative, huh?!)
"Star Parks" will be managed by the same people who managed Euro SF. Headoffice will be in Brussels.
The former Walibi parks will probably return to that name. Most of the smaller ones were never really "sick flagged" so there wont be that much change their.
The most critical park is "Warner Bros. Movie World Germany". The whole park relies on licenses which are said to be removed next year. The park will need a new name and new themes.
Off course its easy to rename the rides and some of the theming was ridiculous in the first place. While some rides could be run without change, some others completely rely on licensed characters.
"Loony Toons Adventure", "Gremlins", "Neverending Story", "Batman simulator" and the whole Loony Toons section needs a full overhaul.
From what I hear StarParks is not interested to buy the licenses.
At one point it was said that Star Parks will add some major attractions to some parks, to make an impact on the market. But whith the proposed few millions they want to invest, it will probably be no coaster.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:47 AM
I don't blame them for not wanting the licenses. I'd imagine Warner wants a pretty penny and I don't think the guests care that much about the theming that much (I'm not talking about theming in general though...I miss Great America's great theming for example)
BATWING FAN SFA
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 1:09 PM
At least the new owners may do a better job running the parks than SF ever did.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 7:07 PM
With the same managers? I seriously
doubt it, although I hope things get better as my day at SFB was total crap.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 7:40 PM
Actually, BatwingFan, from my experience (and reading about other’s), I don’t believe that the European Six Flags parks were run poorly at all. In fact, Six Flags Holland was one of the nicest parks I’ve been to.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:54 PM
Dam, I guess I'll now never be able to ride that Never Ending Story themed rapids ride at WBMWG, one of my favorite movies ;o) The theming on that thing looked amazing, with even indoor dark ride sections I believe.
Thursday, July 22, 2004 9:03 AM
^Well, that ride was one of the first that suffered from SFs patented lack of maintenance. The theming used to fall apart for years now.
The whole fake rocks were just breaking away or they would be overgrown by some rare funguss that biologists would kill for to get some samples ;)
The ride never really impressed me (but I am not a fan of the movie). As a rapid it was much too fast and too short.
You would whizz past some characters from the movie, some fog and two indoor parts and that was all. It would have worked better as a river-plunge imo. The spinning and the lack of typical rapid-river elements just didn´t work for me.
Thursday, July 22, 2004 1:56 PM
Cool, thanks for the info tricktrack, sounds like I actually didn't miss out on too much. Too bad though, the movie had such great potential for a well themed attraction, but doesn't sound like this was it. Could easily have been their Pirates Of The Carribean if it had been done right.
Now Efteling, that's the place to go for amazing well done themed rides! Dream Flight reminded me alot of the NES, just with different characters, and is indeed right up there with POC in my book. Incredible ride!