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Ambitious expansion plans for Euro Disney


AFTER securing an agreement with the French government to expand its operations, Euro Disney SCA has unveiled plans to develop a third theme park in the Marne-la-Vallée region, alongside its Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios attractions. The new agreement gives Euro Disney the right to

expand from 1,943ha to 2,230ha - about one-fifth the surface area of Paris - and gives the group the green light to develop several new schemes The three pillars in the company’s €8bn (US$10.76bn)

plan include a new theme park, a housing development and a new eco- tourism resort, the last in partnership with French leisure company and

Pierre Vacances.

Euro Disney chief executive officer Philippe Gas said: “For more than 20 years,


model has brought sustained growth to the region, while ensuring a close relationship with our public partners and neighbouring communities. “We


are to

continue developing our tourist destination and supporting France’s tourism leadership, while addressing the challenges of sustainable development.”

Air Race provides a winning combination

THE latest addition to the Zamperla thrill ride product line was recently introduced in the shape of the spectacular Air Race ride. Delivering an exciting ride experience combined with

an impressive visual impact, Air Race takes riders on a journey which replicates the experiences and sensations of an acrobatic aeroplane flight, with banks, loops, dives and weightlessness that will test even the most experienced thrill seekers.

Accommodating up to 24 riders at one time in six,

four-seater aeroplanes, the new thriller combines an 8.5rpm central ride rotation motion with a motor driven arm rotation that allows for the various movements experienced by riders. The action takes place up to 8m above the ground and ‘pilots’ experience accelerations of 3G, right side up and upside down. As with all Zamperla rides, safety is a key aspect of

the Air Race and Class 5 over-the-shoulder restraints incorporated into the seats allow riders from 120cm (48 inches) to participate in what is an amazing ‘flying’ experience. Several ride cycles have been developed to allow operators to adapt the ride to different target audiences and to attain the theoretical hourly capacity of 480 riders. At present two versions of Air Race are on offer - a

deluxe themed model that brings to mind the excitement of real-life air race competitions, and a standard model. Custom theming can also be provided depending on the client’s requirements. The first Air Race, installed at Coney Island Luna Park

in the US, has been dedicated to the memory of Zamperla engineer Gianbattista Zambelli (1958-2010), who created many of the company’s most innovative rides.

Two new Russian attractions planned

DEVELOPERS have announced plans to build two new leisure attractions in Russia. The south-western city of Vladikavkaz will see the

development of a multi-themed park called Narty’s Country, which in addition to housing a range of rides will provide a history of the Ossetia region. Meanwhile, Prostory Baltiki will develop a RUB7m

(US$227,000) waterpark in Kaliningrad. The as-yet- unnamed venue will be built around a lake in the water- rich seaport. A first-stage opening has been planned for next year, while the park is expected to be fully operational by May 2012.

Historical theme park planned for Hungary

A NEW €83m (US$112m) theme park is being planned for the central Hungarian city of Kecskemet. According to Bacs-Kiskun County council chairman

Gabor Banyai, the historical park will recreate the most important moments of Hungary’s past. Work on the attraction will start in 2011 and the park is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013. The resort is being modelled on France’s Puy du Fou

historical theme park, which attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year, Banyai said.


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