What's important to know is in November, 2019, Grupo Vidanta made a public announcement about items they purchased for the entertainment park. The statement had to be true.
What purchases did they make at that time:
Momentum quickly builds for additional ride purchases expected at IAAPA Expo as company ramps construction of multiple entertainment parks
Nov 18, 2019, 08:38 ET
NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico, Nov. 18, 201 /PRNewswire - Grupo Vidanta today announced two purchases from Intamin Amusement Rides and one from Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, in what is expected to set a new world standard for resorts and entertainment park rides. The company is continuing their plans and construction for its eagerly anticipated Vidanta World, a collection of entertainment parks located on their world-famous Nuevo Vallarta beach resort, voted one of the World's Top 100 Hotels by Travel and Leisure in 2019.
By Winter 2020, Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta will be the only resort in the world connecting guests to both the beach and to entertainment parks by air. Grupo Vidanta, Latin America's leading resort and luxury vacation experience developer, has partnered with the expert engineers at Doppelmayr to create The Vidanta SkyDream—a state-of-the-art aerial gondola featuring D-Line technology. The Vidanta SkyDream will be the first of its kind in Latin America and will offer five stations on a four-plus-mile route through which passengers will be whisked through Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in minutes with a VIP experience that reimagines resort transportation. Guests riding the gondola will be able choose between regular and glass-bottom cars, for those who wish to admire the stunning views in its entirety from above.
From Intamin, one of the world's leading ride development company, Grupo Vidanta also purchased a 45 meter diameter coaster wheel, an iconic cutting edge Ferris wheel featuring a mixture of standing cabins and cabins that can move along a track to provide even more thrills for passengers. This particular configuration will also feature a breathtaking lighting design that will be part of a grand lake show, sure to dazzle ride goers and pedestrians alike.
The second ride purchased from Intamin is a 40 meter parachute drop which will whisk families up and down by the water's edge, who will be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding incredible vistas that include the parks, the resort and the beach.
As The Global Association for the Attractions Industry kicks off its annual IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida from November 18 to 22, Grupo Vidanta is sure to make major waves with a bevy of amusement ride purchases planned in addition to all the ones already underway.
"Our guests have come to expect only the best from our brands, and their anticipation is high for the new entertainment parks," said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. "Success has come from our ability to anticipate the needs of our clientele and deliver a vision that others have never done before. The large investments we are making in the latest ride and transportation technology demonstrates our commitment to setting a new global standard for excellence and fun."
About Grupo Vidanta
Founded in 1974 by Daniel Chávez Morán, Grupo Vidanta is Mexico and Latin America's premier tourism developer, specializing in vacation destinations, luxury hotel brands, golf courses, real estate and entertainment. The company's visionary approach to the development of luxury beach destinations brings vacation dreams to life via resorts and entertainment across Mexico's most sought-after locations—Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán—with seven distinct brands including Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace, Sea Garden and Ocean Breeze.
Travel and Leisure has named Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta one of the World's Top 100 Resorts, and Top Ten in Mexico. From AAA Five Diamond award-winning hotels to an internationally recognized collection of golf courses, Grupo Vidanta continually pioneers innovative partnerships. These world-class collaborations include Cirque du Soleil's JOYÀ, a first-of-its-kind theatrical and culinary experience in Riviera Maya; an exclusive agreement with global hospitality company Hakkasan Group to debut day-and-nightlife and dining experiences such as OMNIA Dayclub, Casa Calavera and SHOREbar at Vidanta Los Cabos; and an ongoing relationship with Nicklaus Design and Greg Norman Golf Course Design to create some of the world's most spectacular courses.
Grupo Vidanta's real estate division has built and sold over 2,000 luxury vacation homes and is responsible for developing Mexico's first privately built and owned airport, Mar de Cortés International Airport, in Puerto Peñasco.
Frequently named among the top 10 on the list of Great Places to work in Mexico®, the organization maintains a strong commitment to its 17,000 employees and surrounding communities through its dedication to environmental and social efforts, including the Socially Responsible Distinctive 2019 granted by CEMEFI (Mexican Philanthropy Center), EarthCheck certifications and its long-established non-profit foundations, the Vidanta Foundation and the Delia Morán Foundation.
Recent launch announcements include the introduction of The Estates, a premier resort offering high-end details, plush amenities and lavish vacation experiences, another unique experience where you can enjoy the best of nature, lounging, and water attractions in one gorgeous setting with the opening of its luxury waterpark, Jungala, and the upcoming expansion into luxury cruising with the introduction of Vidanta Cruises.
For more information, visit GrupoVidanta.com
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What is D-Line Technology?
Doppelmayr. The D-Line is visionary ropeway technology with impressive features: Top passenger comfort, quiet operation, simple and time-saving maintenance, and much more besides make the D-Line first class. Discover the benefits for yourself.
The D-Line components and assemblies boast a brand new design; their enhanced functions open up new possibilities. Whether it’s the stations, detachable grips or sheave assemblies – the D-Line impresses all along the line. The new cabin offers much more space and comfort; operation is even more reliable and even quieter. Thinking ahead, identifying trends, creating innovations – these are the strengths that Doppelmayr customers can rely on.
The interplay between form, material and function sets new standards with the next ropeway generation from Doppelmayr. With the D-Line, great importance was attached to a new design with perfect finish combined with technical innovation. To ensure the particular comfort of passengers and operating crew, the next ropeway generation has been designed for exceptionally low noise and vibration levels. The individual components have been further developed and optimized for very quiet operation.
Key features at a glance
205 new developments, 31 innovations, 14 patents
Speeds of up to 7 m/s
6.4 m gauge – wider carriers
Optimal accessibility for service work
Extremely straightforward maintenance
Form, material and function are particularly important in the stations: the ultimate in ropeway engineering, reduced to the essentials, packaged in aesthetic design and offering top performance throughout.
- Roof version made of real glass and multimedia screens
- Simplified concrete mast geometry
- Convenient stair access to station machinery
- Tire conveyor with V-belt tensioners
- Rubber-lined running rail mountings
- Sound-dampened outer guide rail
- Vibration-reduced station sheave assemblies
- Low-noise bullwheel design
- Station roof covers the entire carrier
- New finish for undercover
- A 45 meter in diameter Ferris Wheel structure with a modern twist.
- A 40 meter high parachute ride that takes the rider 40 meters in the air and then allows the rider to gently fall to the earth.
- A Park to Beach Gondola ride.
We have seen many photos of the SkyDream Gondola system from all the members who have already enjoyed the ride. Following are updates to the Intamin Parachute ride tower:
Intamin Parachute ride tower is visible from Highway 200. Will the Castle Rock be built too? If so, just imagine how visible that will be.
Intamin parachute ride from within Park I. Here is a glimpse of the Park from the Circular structure in June, 2021.
Two prominent features as they now look on the floor of Park I: The Circular structure and the Intamin Parachute ride. Imagine yourself there in two years or less.
The circular structure is structure with many spaces below the main floor. It looks like a theater to us, and construction began after April, 2020.
Park I as of April, 2020.
Following is an architect's rendering of the theater. Certainly there will be changes. However, the building does have multiple floors, spaces and connections to the underground infrastructure. So, it is a good guess that the structure will become a dinner theater of some sort. Possibly, shows organized by the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté will be created for Vidanta. Mr.Laliberté has the knowledge and contacts to create shows. This could be wonderful relationship and Vidanta members could be the beneficiaries.
This photo is interesting because it shows Gondola Station #4 in the upper left portion of the photo and the start of the restaurant section, which is the white cement structure behind the circular structure in the foreground. Will the circular structure become the Cirque du Soleil theater? It certainly has all the small spaces to make it so. Stay tuned....
Note: Only the vertical beams appear to be in place for the circular structure. This photo was taken around November 16, 2020.
In this photo, the lower sections of the circular structure are now below ground level. This is looking more and more like a theater.
Note the difference in ground levels between the two photos. This photo was taken in the November 2020 time frame and the lower floors are exposed.