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Park Profile

Rapid River, with rafts by Zebec

Xtreme Fall, by Fabbri

Meet Gerardo Arteaga IAAPA

chairman 2015 Fantasilandia’s Gerardo Arteaga grew up in the amusement industry. His family built the Santiago-based amusement park in 1978. Twenty years later, Gerardo

was named operations

manager for Happyland, a chain of family entertainment centres across Chile, moving back to the family park in 2000 to manage customer services. Two years later, he became general manager. President of the Latin American Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks (ALAP). From 2006 to 2008, Gerardo has served on various IAAPA committees, including the advisory committee for Latin America. Elected the international association’s third vice-chairman in November of last year, he will assume the role of chairman in late 2015. Gerardo is also an active member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Chile and part of the national council for the Hogar de Cristo, the country’s largest Catholic organisation. As part of the Navidad con Sentido programme, he hosts 5,000 underprivileged individuals at Fantasilandia each year.

Photogenic riders enjoy the Tsunami, by Intamin

Barbieri bumper cars, Zamperla Rockin’ Tug and a Bongo-Train from Chance. The first of Zamperla’s new eight-arm Air Race rides is planned later this season. Children’s rides include Mini Splash built in-house, Barbieri Mini Skooters (bumper cars), a Carousel, Zamperla Super Trucks, Fire Chief and Toing & Boing (Jumping Star); plus several other attractions. The latest attraction to be added was a Huss Condor called Ikarus. “We add something new each year,” explains Arteaga. “It’s important to ‘change the movie,’ and vital to keep the product fresh. When adding a new attraction, we look at the experience the ride will give to the passengers, check the safety

Huss Top Spin

standards, and also look at the size of the ride since this is our main restriction.”

Boasting a permanent staff of 300 plus 200 seasonal employees, Fantasilandia receives an average of about 1.1 million visitors a year across no more than 200 operating days. Arteaga reports that about 15% of the attendance is from group sales and the park’s main competition is anything that can be done on a holy day or on a weekend during the summer. In the winter, it’s football. But that’s a different ball game altogether.

Young Fantasilandia guests shake it up on the Tagada! 32 MAY 2012

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