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Status: Planning – Rumor
Expected Opening: 2012
Theme: Details about theming for various parts of the resort to come later.
Cost: $5.7 billion USD
Flagship Rides: N/A

Description: This has not been confirmed, but news reports indicate that Disney and the Shanghai government may have finally banged out a new deal to bring a Disneyland resort to the Shanghai region. Some details from the article (see Updates section below) state that the park will be located in Pudong, will hopefully open by 2012 (this would be about when a third of the resort would be completed), be eight times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, and that it could cost as much as $5.7 billion USD. It also appears as if the agreement is different than the one Disney has with the Hong Kong government for that Disney resort. Unlike Hong Kong, where the government leases Disney the land, the government of Shanghai will own the land, finance construction, and maintain a majority ownership in the resort. However, Disney will receive royalties for using their name, manage the resort, and receive a small portion of the income. According to unnamed sources, the two groups would like to make the announcement regarding the resort in August after the Beijing Olympics. Most of this comes from these unnamed sources, so take everything with a little grain of salt until there is some kind of official announcement.

Updates:

6/29/08Article citing unnamed sources claims that Disney and Shanghai have hammered out a deal to bring a Disney resort to Pudong.

Walibi Rhone-Alpes

Location: Rhone-Alpes, France
Cost: €26 ($41 USD)
Season: April 12 – November 9
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Originally, Walibi Rhone Alpes opened in 1979 under the name Avenir Land. In 1998, Premier Parks purchased the park, and in 2000, the Six Flags brand officially moved in to take over the park. That reign was short lived, however, as the new Six Flags management sold the park (along with all of their other European assests as well in an effort to cut costs) to Star Parks, who in turn sold the park to Grévin & Cie in 2006.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Totem Infernal (S&S tower)
  • Tomahawk (inverter)
  • Grand Soleil (ferris wheel)

Construction Projects:

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Trip Reports:

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Ride Reviews:

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La Via VoltaStatus: Refurbishment
Expected Opening: 2009
Theme: Same as before, just nicer.
Cost: N/A

Description: After the ride had been SBNO for about a year, the park is now rehabbing the ride for the 2009 season. While I am sure that other minor improvements to the ride will be made during the span that is down, it seems that the only confirmed improvement that the ride will be getting will be new trains. The ride will be ready for the ’09 season.

Updates:

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Walibi World

Location: Flevoland, Netherlands
Cost: €27 ($43 USD)
Season: March 21 – October 26
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Walibi World in the Netherlands was purchased by Star Parks in 2004 from Six Flags after the new management of the company decided to sell off their European parks in an effort to try and cut costs. Because the purchse was early in the season, the park actually remained under the Six Flags Holland name until the 2005 season, when it was renamed Walibi World. Many of the attractions at the park (including many of their roller coasters) were all added in 2000, two years after the chain had purchased the park from the Walibi Group. Today, the park is owned and operated by Grévin & Cie, the company that purchased the park when Star Parks sold it in 2006.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Excalibur (top spin)
  • G Force (enterprise)
  • Space Shot (S&S tower)

Construction Projects:

Trip Reports:

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Ride Reviews:

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An example of the Mack SuperSplash - TusenfrydStatus: Under Construction
Expected Opening: All five rides to be open by 2010.
Theme: N/A
Cost: N/A

Description: Chimelong Paradise and the ride manufacturer Mack have signed a contract that calls for the park to open five major Mack rides in the park by the year 2010. Those five rides are supposedly the SuperSplash, Water Coaster, a Youngstar Coaster, Log Flume and a raft ride. According to RCDB, the Water Coaster and the SuperSplash are already under construction, but, so far, I have personally seen no evidence to support that.

Updates:

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Walygator Parc

Location: Lorraine, France
Cost: 25€ ($39 USD)
Season: April 12 – December 21
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Walygator Parc used to be part of the Walibi franchise of parks, until 2006. Walibi is owned by Star Parks and other parks in the chain include Walibi World and Walibi Belgium. What is also interesting is that, through the 2003 season, the park was entirely themed to The Smurfs. This was back when Walibi still owned the park and the name was actually Walibi Schtroumpf – which literally means Walibi Smurf in french.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:Anaconda

  • Dark Tower (S&S tower)
  • Aquachute (waterslides)
  • The Terror House (haunted house)

Construction Projects:

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Trip Reports:

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Ride Reviews:

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Wiener Prater

Location: Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Cost: Priced per attraction (1-10 Euros; $1.50-15 USD)
Season: March 15 – October 31
Maps: Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Wiener Prater itself has been around since 1766. While all of the rides are part of the same area, most of them are owned by different vendors, so while there is no entrance fee to enter the park, you need to pay for each ride individually. For this reason, there also is not any kind of blanket fee you can pay for unlimited rides like many free admission parks in the US. While each ride may be owned by someone else, there is one staple that the park has had since 1897 – The Giant Ferris Wheel. It was originally built to honor Emperor Franz Josef I after he reached 50 years of rule. At the time, it was a prominent feature of the skyline. The ride was nearly demolished in 1916, but a lack of funds prevented this from ever happening. In the 1920s, many film companies began using the ride as a motif until it burned in 1944. The ride was rebuilt a year later and still operates to this day as one of the main fixtures of the park.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Break Dance (break dance)
  • Discovery (revolution)
  • Donau Jump (log flume)

Construction Projects:

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Trip Reports:

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Ride Reviews:

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