Is Splash Mountain back in the game as Disneyland Paris' 20th Anniversary attraction ?
A very interesting - and intriguing - news was posted two days ago on Europa Park press web site. For those of you who've never been at Europa Park, it's Germany biggest theme park and the park have a great theming. The park was open long before Disneyland Paris and belong to MACK, the ride manufacturer. On a certain point of view Europa Park is a huge MACH show-room. And that's why this press release is so interesting. Here it is:
"On Friday, 28 August 2009, Al Weiss, responsible for the operative business of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide with more than 100,000 employees, visited Europa-Park together with Philippe Gas (CEO Euro Disney), Georges Kalogridis (Chief Operative Officer) as well as Andrew de Csilléry (Vice President Strategic Planning) for an exchange of experience. (see picture above)
The guests were especially enthusiastic about the outstanding quality and detailed theming of the 13 European themed areas and about the park´s four hotels. Together with Europa-Park´s managing partner Roland Mack and his sons Michael and Thomas, who are also in the management of Germany´s biggest theme park, the four were able to discover the park´s fantastic offers for the whole family. Especially the new “[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-QH4055acU"]blue fire Megacoaster[/ame]”, which was realised by the manufacturing company MACK Rides, thrilled Al Weiss and his colleagues."
Now, all the question is: why Disney top executives like Al Weiss (3rd from the right on the picture) and Philippe Gas (Euro Disney CEO and 3rd from the left on the picture) took the time to come to Europa Park, which is not far from Paris, but a long trip from L.A? Obviously they were not there only to enjoy the good rides of the park. May be the second part of the press release give us a clue...
Jump to Disney and more full article to read more about this secret meeting!
Disney and more: Is Splash Mountain back in the game for DLP's 20th Anniversary attraction ?
UPDATE 9/9/09 : In the PART TWO of this story new and very interesting infos about this secret meeting where we learn that Disney execs may have been at Europa Park to look at another Mack flume ride technology using a turning table and a backward drop that could be used in......the future version of Pirates of Caribbean at Shanghai Disneyland!
Read this part two here:
Then come back here to let us know what YOU think Al was doing at the park.