Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), which manages several popular channels, including the children’s channel Nickelodeon, and the company Parques Reunidos will work together to develop children’s theme parks in Europe: the first such Park will open in Spain in 2017. The parties have successfully cooperated for several years already: one Park they opened in Madrid, and the second, NickLand in Movie Park in Germany.
According to Gerald Raines, Vice President of VIMN, the company’s goal is to “Nickelodeon was everywhere where there are children. We are pleased to diversify our portfolio and move brands and Nickelodeon characters in real life by means of new family entertainment centers,” – said a top Manager.
In the framework of the expansion strategy of Parques Reunidos owns 55 theme and family amusement parks in the world, whose number of visitors is 22.2 million in 12 countries of Europe and South America. According to Pedro Cortes, General Manager of the company, soon the company will announce about the conclusion of an agreement on the development of entertainment centers in leading malls in several European countries: UK, France, Italy and Portugal. Continue reading
The network of children’s parks “Kidburg” started to use the funds invested by the Fund CapMan. It extends the network of regional projects.
Russian network of children’s educational and entertainment parks Kidburg, which last year raised funds of CapMan investment Fund to accelerate the development, announced plans to begin work at once in several Russian regions. By the end of 2015 “Kidburg” is planning to open in St. Petersburg and Moscow Zelenograd. In 2015-2016, projects educational activities (the”city of professions”) should appear in Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Voronezh, in the last two – together with the franchise, the report said Ceremony.
A year ago in “Kidburg” invested investment Fund CapMan Russia II, which is managed by CapMan. It has acquired for an undisclosed sum a 40% stake in LLC “Kidburg”, funded by “further expand the company’s activities in Russia.” Then partner CapMan Russia Alberto Morandi told “Vedomosti” that the investor plans to develop theme parks “Kidburg” in most Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people. Only in 2016 “Kidburg” plans to launch 6-7 projects – children’s “occupations” and interactive Museum-theater “Skazkin house.” Continue reading
The organizers received a lot of responses, but almost all of them were unoriginal — basically it was proposed to build a higher tower. Even Alexander Gustave Eiffel sent his project, which again was limited to the construction higher than the Parisian tower (Burnham received several dozen letters of protest from leading American engineers, perturbed by such unpatriotic approach).
Young engineer George Ferris came up with the idea. Considering various projects, one day during a dinner with colleagues he remembered the wheels of water mills, which saw growing on the Carson river in Nevada. By the end of dinner he was drawing on napkins sketches a giant Ferris wheel with cabins for visitors. Most of his colleagues found the project to be absolutely impossible, but Ferris was persistent. He spent $25 000 of their own funds (at that time a lot of money) for the creation of drawings and the development of precise specifications of structures, and finally, on November 29, 1892, the administration of the exhibition agreed. However, with one condition — unlike the Eiffel tower, whose construction was partially financed by the French government, and Ferris had to find the money to build the wheels (and he succeeded). In addition, the construction was given only 22 weeks (and during golodnostepskiy winter). Continue reading