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Wazza1 last won the day on June 4 2013

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  1. I can't talk with hard facts for the period prior to 1995, (only word of mouth discussions with people) but from people I know it is a general consensus that Wonderland NEVER made a profit. Onto harder facts. I know for a fact that in the financial year 1996/97 (just prior to Sunway purchasing the park) Wonderland made a loss of exactly $4.429 Million. The old consortium obviously put together a crazy 5 year plan to show how profitable Wonderland could become with a bit of work, (I guess in order to make it look more attractive to a potential buyer.) Their budget plan showed that by 2000/
  2. I have been there many times (last time there was about 3 weeks ago) and I know I few people who work there. First of all if you want a comparison between it and California, I would say it's 'Disneyland Lite'. They take most of the bits and pieces that make Disneyland, Disneyland (but not everything) then distill it down into an essence and inject it into the Paris countryside.(I guess you could call it a Disney franchise) A lot of the rides and theming are the same (if not better like Space Mountain Mission 2) but there is a certain something missing which is difficult to put your finger on
  3. The biggest problem is that when they built it they borrwed a lot of money. ALOT! The holding company which runs Disneyland Paris (only 40% owned by Disney) currently owes around 1.9bn Euros. The yearly interest payments alone on this amount really adds up. They make a modest operating profit most years, (I was told they made around 12 million Euros in 2010) but because they are struggling to pay off their 1.9bn euro loan the interest charges alone send them well into the red financially every year. Hence the 89.1 million euro net loss in the six months to March quoted in the article.
  4. I am going in a couple of months. Will post pics (of course)
  5. Don't speak so soon about it not opening again. Read this today New Orleans authorities have revealed that eight bids have been received for the site of the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans theme park. Reports suggest that a five-person committee will rank the bids, with five set to move forward to the next stage of negotiations. The plans put forward for the site vary wildly, from several proposed theme park developments through to an electric power plant. The eight proposals for the former Six Flags New Orleans site are: [*]Dag Development and Provident - would build an outlet mall with an
  6. About 45 mns, it's on the other side of town near the airport. It's going to be a crazy coaster. Look at these pics here http://sanglierrotix.babaorum.info/t3-Inverted-B-M-et-nouvelle-zone-pour-2012.htm?start=250
  7. Drove past this park yesterday and the B&M appears to have been finished being built. (But not open to the public yet) I did a little digging around the internet it looks like someone has uploaded a video of it on some test run from the weekend just past. It looks pretty awesome. Will be going on it the moment it opens.
  8. My biggest surprise about this article is that it quotes "Operations Park Supervisor" Cameron McKay. Don't they have PR people to respond to something like this? A staff member of that level I would have thought shouldn't be giving quotes to the media.
  9. This is my home park at the moment, so I thought I had better post it. They don't seem to have a lot of luck with their Thunder Mountin rides around the world. 5 people were injured but thankfully no one died http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/25/france-eurodisney-idUSLDE73O0GJ20110425 If anyone understands French here is a video on Youtube, (I couldn't find one in English)
  10. Actually I do agree with you. I think it will be a sucess, as Village would have to have done plenty of homework to make sure that the place is going to be viable. I think its location will be difficult but I am sure that overcoming transport issues is something they would have looked at as part of their decision to build. I am not saying that their sole reason to build is the ability to cross-market into other areas. But this would have been one of the factors they would have looked at in coming to their decision to build. The demograpics of those who are likely to be repeat customers of W
  11. I must say I have enjoyed reading the discussion on this topic. (always enjoy reading the Wonderland conspiracy theories) So putting that aside, a lot of people here have put forth their ideas as to why/why not WnW Sydney will/will not reach their target of 900,000 guests annually. I think the number one thing that will work against the park will be location. Sadly location and the terrible lack of public transport worked strongly against Wonderland (lets face it Rooty Hill wasn't exactly the easiest place to get to) Imagine trying to get there if you were staying at a hotel in Bondi. Hope
  12. I am curious to know what has changed in the Sydney market (especially Western Sydney) that makes something like this viable. I really want to see their Sales & Marketing plan and where/how they are able to justify the visitor numbers and in park spend to make such a massive project viable. As a West Sydneysider myself I think it's fantastic that something like this is coming to town. But time and time again in Western Sydney we have seen things come and go. It will be 7 years next week since Wonderland (only 2 km down the road) shut it doors, which lets face it never attracted the number
  13. Yep it's 13.40euros return on RER Line A from Paris to Disneyland. The cheapest rooms at any of the Disneyland Hotels (2*)is minimum 300 euros a night (but that does include tickets to the parks and the extra 2 hours in the parks, however it is not the entire area of both that you are able to access during the magic hours.) Plus the other problem with staying at the park is it's a decent trip into Paris (45mins) if you want to do any other touristy things.
  14. It is a great place Paris, and I am not keen to come home to Australia just yet. Sadly the B&M at Parc Asterix is actually scheduled for opening in 2012, so you might miss it being here in June this year
  15. You will definitely enjoy Disney Paris (I am living in Paris and have a yearly pass there so I might be a little bit biased. Send me a PM if you want to know anything else to do in Paris or how to get there etc etc..) If you are going to do both parks in one day in Disney Studios park you should definitely hit up the Rock & Roll Rollercoaster, The Twighlight Zone Tower of Terror, and check out the new Toystory Playland especially the "RC Racer" skip the rest unless you have plenty of time (although if you are doing it in one day you may not) When we go to Disney, we always grab a fast pa
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