Shapiro vists Europe park = future of SF?

Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:03 AM
http://presse.europapark.de/index.php?id=30&cid=1497&lang=en&top=1&jahr=2007

Has anyone been there? Is it a good model for the direction of SF to take their parks? They are apparently the #1 seasonal theme park in the world.

They have one attraction, Atlantis Adventure, that imo would be great to see over here in the states.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:06 AM
I hear it's a good park so perhaps he's learning how to run his parks better? It's also partially owned by Mack so maybe he's shopping for new ride concepts that would work in Six Flags parks here in the states.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:21 AM
Yes, Europapark is a great park, but it has a totally different focus than Six Flags - it is not about coasters and thrills so much as it is an adventure land for families, with tons of dark and slower rides.
Europapark has much more in common with the Disneylands than with a standard Six Flags thrill park for sure.
Maybe Six Flags is about to learn "how to give people a good time" after all these years... it's an interesting move - Why would someone like Shapiro even bother to visit the "competition" ?
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Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:27 AM
Europa Park is hardly competition. It's not even in the same market. Remember, his goal is to begin to transform the SF parks into more family destinations, and away from being about just coasters and thrills.

He's looking for ideas, while paying a compliment to one of the 'best'.

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