Start a Theme Park: Taking The First Step
The feasibility study is the first step needed to start a theme park. Leisure Business Advisors LLC (LBA) specializes in conducting this study, which is typically required by financing institutions and investors.
The study provides market and financial analysis and projections. It also provides critical physical planning recommendations to assist the theme park designer during the design stage of development. It is critical that the designs are in line with market needs and expected cash flow. These physical planning guidelines need to be in place before construction and building can start. Designers, builders, and managers can all benefit from the guidance provided in the study.
As part of the feasibility study, LBA can work closely with you in preparing the initial image package that would assist designers in the design stage of development that follows the feasibility stage. We could provide a walk-through description and conceptual images of your new theme park seen through the eyes of a typical visitor. These would preliminarily suggest the general "look and feel" of the new park in financing and marketing presentations.
We pride ourselves on prompt service and are also sensitive to time constraints often involved in starting new development projects. If needed, assignments can be accelerated for an extra fee.
LBA can also assist developers with other aspects of the initial planning package needed for financing, such as concept development and business plan preparation. Selected past amusement park and theme park projects are described below. These include past consulting efforts by John Gerner, LBA's managing director.
Proposed Disney Theme Park (Latin America)
The Walt Disney Company is the leading theme park developer in the world. Its locations include Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Park (Paris), Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. As a senior consultant with Economics Research Associates in the 1980s, John Gerner (LBA's managing director) evaluated locations in Latin America for a proposed Disney theme park.
Universal Studios: Back to the Future - The Ride (Worldwide)
Universal Studios has theme parks in the USA, Japan, and Singapore. John Gerner, LBA's managing director, served as president of Berkshire Ridefilm during the early 1990s. During that time, the company produced the highly acclaimed simulation film for "Back to the Future - The Ride", which is currently at Universal Studios Japan.
Major New Theme Park (China)
Village Roadshow is Australia's largest amusement park operator and owns Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Water World, and other attractions. In 2011, LBA evaluated the market and financial potential of developing a major new attraction in China for Village Roadshow.
Hopi Hari (Brazil)
Hopi Hari is one of the largest theme parks in South America, and is located near Sao Paulo in Brazil. It is 76 hectares (188 acres) in size, and cost USD$220 million to develop. As a subcontractor to International Theme Park Services, John Gerner (LBA's managing director) evaluated the market and financial feasibility of Hopi Hari.
Pavilion Nostalgia Park (USA)
Pavilion Nostalgia Park is located within the Broadway at the Beach tourist complex in Myrtle Beach, and opened in 2007. During its planning stage, LBA evaluated Pavilion Nostalgia Park's potential financial performance for Burroughs & Chapin Co, Inc.
Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone (China)
The Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone is approximately 27 hectares (67 acres) in size, and contains several tourist attractions. These include the Hainan Culture Park, Felicity and Longevity Park, and Buddhist Culture Park. Its centerpiece is the Guanyin Statue of Hainan, which is currently the fourth tallest statue in the world. As a subcontractor to Economics Research Associates, John Gerner (LBA's managing director) evaluated the feasibility of developing this major tourism project.
La Ronde (Canada)
La Ronde is a theme park in Montreal that is approximately 59 hectares (146 acres) in size. It offers 40 rides, including ten roller coasters. As a subcontractor to Economics Research Associates, John Gerner (LBA's managing director) evaluated the potential of expanding this theme park and adding year-round uses on the site. These uses included a retail entertainment center, waterpark resort hotel, and expanded marina.
Six Flags New England (USA)
Formerly named "Riverside Park", Six Flags New England is located in Massachusetts. As a subcontractor to Economics Research Associates, John Gerner (LBA's managing director) evaluated the theme park's operating history, market potential, and likely annual attendance based on its planned capital improvements.
Cedar Point (USA)
Cedar Point is a major theme park in Ohio. John Gerner (LBA's managing director) was a senior consultant with Economics Research Associates. He evaluated the impact of various factors on past operating performance. These factors included capital reinvestment, pricing, marketing efforts, economic conditions, and weather.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (USA)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located in Virginia and has been repeatedly voted the world's most beautiful theme park by amusement park enthusiasts. John Gerner (LBA's managing director) was an internal productivity supervisor during the early 1980s, and evaluated the operating performance of individual rides and other components of the park. He also examined past financial performance based on various factors, and prepared the theme park's financial breakeven analysis.