Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid drops Six Flags for management

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Madrid's two-year-old Warner Bros. Movie World theme park has ended its 99-year management contract with Six Flags Inc. and has opted for self-management, it announced on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004 9:25 PM
The Mole's avatar Six Flags will blame it on the weather too.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:09 PM
Why ever would you think something like that, The Mole?;)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 2:05 AM
john peck's avatar Ha! Good, it ONLY took them 2 years to figure out that Six Flags Inc are idiots.... They are so much better off.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 3:16 AM
Six Flags once again shows their corporate policies are sub-moranic and inaffective. Thes idiots should just kiill themseleves.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 3:31 AM
Six Flags Inc if your listening, please sell off Magic Mountain to a company that will take care of it.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 4:07 AM
/\ Why just Magic Mountain? ;)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 5:31 AM
Funny, KrAxY, you're the one making the same, tired, old jokes here...
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:53 AM
I'd be willing to bet that Six Flags priced themselves out of the market simply to remove themselves from all responsibilities in europe. If this supposition is correct, it's probably a good move, allowing Six Flags to focus more on their stateside operations.

Lets hope they have the forethought to not try to build a Hong Kong park, and possibly further distance themselves from improving their current problem parks.

SAM

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 9:24 AM
Jeff's avatar I suspect it had more to do with the fact that they didn't meet expectations.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 9:47 AM
I agree! It Seems that SF cant do anything Right nowadays. I think that SF thinks that if they laydown Huge Expen$ive Roller Caosters then people will Come. And that is NOT always the case! I mean how could u have over 40 million in debt after 2 years of operation. That seem quite rediculous.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 10:07 AM
rollergator's avatar Sam, you are *ever* the optimist...I hope you prove correct, but I have to say I think Jeff's argument has a higher likelihood...

Of course, I wouldn't sign a contract with SF that lasted longer than the upcoming season...;)

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 5:45 PM
It's fair enough that you all slag Six Flags off - but remember they were responsible for the installation of the rides in that park which is one of the most awesome lineups in Europe. They just built a great park but did not market it as they should have done. 1.1mil guests a season is appalling for a park of that scale.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:38 PM
Jeff's avatar Yeah, they put a bunch of really awesome rides here in the Cleveland park too. Look where that got them.
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Thursday, November 25, 2004 6:07 AM
Just because SFI isn't managing WBMW Madrid dosen't mean they don't have a stake in the park, right?

Maybe since a new mgt. team will be introduced, SFI will see that one of the only parks thats doing really good is managed by someone else, and decide to change their habits?

We could only hope...;)

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 4:03 PM
I have to wonder what the contractural issues were on ending a 99 year agreement after 2 years.
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Thursday, November 25, 2004 10:47 PM
Warner Brothers Movie World was badly designed to start with. The GIB (Stunt Fall) was supposed to be a dark ride or show housed in a replica of Mann's Chinese Theater. Guess what? Stunt Fall is a walk on most of the time (2 hours marathon done by many, many fans.. that's how bad it is!) and the lone "dark ride", which is a Vekoma Mad House, get hour to 2 hours waits... The 2 B&M never gets long lines, but the tame, family woodie gets insane lines.

Its should have been a park full of family rides, with 1 or 2 thrill rides... not the opposite!

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 11:33 PM
I'm sure there was a news article posted on CBuzz several months ago which said that ALL the parks in Spain were not doing well and are in debt.
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Friday, November 26, 2004 12:18 AM
Well, Isla Magica is saved from bankruptcy. The park was actually turning a profit in... but the weight of the debt kept it in trouble. They finally settled that.
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Friday, November 26, 2004 9:20 AM
WBMW's not exactly badly designed - but like you say, not suitable for the country. This is a similar case to how Disneyland Paris opened - the French didnt like the American Culture. If the park was built in the UK then I reckon it would be permanently packed.
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