Adam C

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  1. Adam C

    Parques Reunidos takeover bid

    This financial report from 1 year ago suggests that PQRs debt is putting lenders off. Maybe that’s why the offer is low. I’m guessing the new owners will also inherit the debts.
  2. Adam C

    Theme Park Merchandise

    Firstly, I’m not an expert on Theme Park merchandise but I have in the past wondered about a Park’s ethos when it comes to merchandise. Is merchandise an extension of a park’s income? Does it have to make a profit or can it break even? Can merchandise form part of the marketing department? ie, can subsidised t-shirts, mugs, pens, etc be part of an advertising budget as they’re plugging the park in the local community. And then be written off against the tax bill. Ultimately, is merchandise sold to make more money or to promote the business? A couple of years ago, I went to WDW and came home with 2 t-shirts. Whenever I wear them around Perth, I’m always asked about the place. There’s a good number of people who enjoy theme parks /rides and I wonder if public exposure puts ideas in the back of people’s heads? Finally, I do agree that there is a lack of polo shirts at theme parks but being a novice on the matter, maybe they just don’t sell very well.
  3. I’ve not been to any of the Asian parks but have been to DL & Universal in the US and Paris. At the age of 4, my kids absolutely loved Disneyland Paris. Also, they also loved Legoland in Windsor which was always voted best theme park for 4-11 year olds. I’m not sure what other attractions are around Legoland Malaysia but I’m sure some online research might help you decide.
  4. Adam C

    Adventure World MI4 - 2019

    Top Snooping iwerks. I’m guessing there’s nothing yet at the top of the hill. Could this be the start of Mi4?
  5. Living in Perth I’d go for Adventureworld. Assuming the bush land to the south if the park was available I’d go for either Space Mountain from Disneyland Paris or the Wickerman from Alton Towers. I do have a thing for wooden roller coasters.
  6. Adam C

    Adventure World 2018- improvements

    I do wonder what the next couple of big ticket attractions might be. There seems to be a general view that Mi4 will be a water attraction. As for Mi5, I’d be keen on something a bit less white knuckle. Maybe a wooden Rollercoaster or an air conditioned indoor coaster.
  7. Adam C

    Adventure World 30/1/19

    I'd add that the night temperatures in Feb are much warmer and allow visitors to use the water slides all night. Personally, I really enjoy riding both dry and wet rides after dusk. It's definitely a different experience.
  8. Adam C

    Walt Disney World Holiday

    My 2 sons loved KSC but my wife and daughter didn’t. Remember to take a load of coins as some of the toll booths are unmanned.
  9. Adam C

    Walt Disney World Holiday

    Hi Joz, I agree that the special effects are superb. But the physical features of the ride are average. If it were me, I'd probably book it as a fast pass but wouldn't queue for an hour for it.
  10. Adam C

    Walt Disney World Holiday

    We stayed next to the Fun Spot on US192. It's free to walk around. I wasn't impressed with the rides but the souvenir shops were arguably the cheapest in Orlando. My kids bought presents for their friends there.
  11. Adam C

    Walt Disney World Holiday

    Sorry Alex, I pushed the submit button before checking it. My mistake.
  12. Adam C

    Walt Disney World Holiday

    I’m more not sure wat your preferences are (white knuckle etc) but these ar the rides that have the ingest lines. MK - 7 Dwarfes Mine Train, Space Mouain, Splash Mountain. Do BTM, POTC, Jungle Boats & Haunted Mansion as soon as the rope drops. MK is always nuts for being full. After lunch, do all the shows like Philharmagic & Hall of Presidents. It gets quieter after 5pm when the prams and mobility scooters start leaving. Try a Presidential sweet at the sleepy hollow cafe. EPCOT - The biggest lines are Test Track, Soarin & Frozen ever after. From memory, you can’t fastpass TT & Soarin together. Frozen ever after is an average log flume. So consider fast passing Spaceship Earth and do the Beverly challenge at Club Cool. DHS - The big 3 are Tower of Terror, Rock’n Rollercoaster & Star Tours. Until Galaxy’s edge opens, do those. Fantastic is arguably the best Night show in WDW. Get a take out dinner and get a good seat about 45 - 60 mins before the start. AK - Flight of passage, Exp Everest & Dinosaur are the main thrill rides. However, Kali River rapids & the Safari also has big lines. We enjoyed the Yak & Yeti restaurant. If you’re just an adult group, I’d say Typhoon Lagonn has a bit more going on than Blizzard Beach. Volcano Bay looks good but I’ve read that the lines have been horrendous. Good Luck
  13. Adam C

    Adventure World MI4 - 2019

    If the 2 yearly update still applies, we have 10 months before Mi4 opens. Does anyone have any further info/ideas on what might be coming?
  14. Adam C

    Theme park food.

    An interesting article about Legoland in the UK. Is it a case of you get what you pay for?
  15. Adam C

    Universal Studios Australia?

    Firstly, I’d love to see either Universal or Disney come to Australia but sadly, I think it’s a non starter. I was reading recently that the Disney Parks make all of their profit from Florida, Anaheim & Tokyo. Paris and HK barely break even and Shanghai is a bit quiet about how their doing. Now when Eurodisney opened in 1992, the French Government not only gave them the land outside Paris for free, but also threw millions of Francs at them to get the gig. At the time, Paris was at the centre of Europe (Europe stopped at the Berlin Wall), it was within 4 hours drive X million guests, 30 mins from CDG airport and right on the Freeway. Also, the French extended the RER A rail line to go to the front door of the theme park. Yet DLP continually struggles. Nearly one third of the visitors come from the UK and only 38% from France. Now coming back to Universal or Disney coming to Aus, I’m guessing there would have to be a lot of political/govt goodwill to even get the thing off the ground. Free land, a new access road/freeway, a ton a start up grants, etc. Then would the thing even break even? Let’s say the NSW govt were really keen on the idea and just for argument is offered Universal free land near the new West Sydney airport with a new freeway and railway connecting the park to central Sydney. I’m guessing just that bit would go into a couple of billion dollars. Then the initial outlay of building a resort that people will actually want to visit. Again another couple of billion ( I don’t have a specific breakdown but Space mountain at DLP cost $au 200 million on its own). So the directors of Aussie banks plc would need convincing that Disney Paris and HK wouldn’t happen in Australia. Finally, we’re a long way from the rest of the world. While a number of Aussies may support such a project, there’s a lot a competition for foreign tourist to visit clone parks that are closer to where they live. The only starter I can see is if Ardent sell Dreamworld off on the cheap and federal money gets pumped in to create Universal Gold Coast. But sadly, I just think the numbers don’t add up.