And to answer that question I don't thinks so but I am not that versed in what parks have what licensing.
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I think Wild Adventures has a Spongebob 4D Simulator
Then I found this page. It's the only place on the entire website that the characters are mentioned.
My guess? Rented costumes strolling the park on Tuesdays. I'm doubting any licensing agreement and probably the use of the characters for advertising purposes is questionable at best. (pure speculation on my part)
In what context were they used in the travel magazine?
This stuff is all negotiated out in pretty detailed ways, lots of paper-trails and whatnot. In other words Disney, by being "the brand" is completely aware of where their goods and merchandise are, as well as where & how they are making money. It's in their best financial interest to do so.
My guess is since he used to work for ESPN which is a brand of Disney, he got the licensing needed to sell Disney merchandise.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
I'm certain the park in China wasn't paying anything to Disney, and that Six Flags IS paying. As far as the Nick licensing, there's probably some sort of *tiered* system where the large chains pay more since they GET more out of the characters, and that smaller mom-and-pops pay less, but get less. (Hence the Tuesdays-only idea?)
It's really almost impossible to rip off someone like Disney (and probably Nickelodeon to a lesser extent). UF has a cadre of lawyers whose job is to put an end to unlicensed usage. Licensing fees really are a cost of doing business. Not paying them would almost certainly land an amusement park (even a small one) in court.
Not that SOME wouldn't TRY to get away with it... ;)
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