Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019
There are dozens of new theme parks under construction (or soon to be) all over the world, including new parks from the likes of Disney, Universal and Six Flags. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of these are in the growing Asian market – although there are plans for one or two new parks in Europe and the USA, too. TTW picks some of the newest amusement parks:
Six Flags Haiyan, China
Ground has officially been broken on the $4.6 billion real estate development in Haiyan that will include the first Six Flags park in China. This new theme park will be located right on the coast of Hangzhou Bay, around 45 miles from downtown Shanghai. Little is known about the attractions that will feature in the park, although Six Flags has already launched an official website for it. The firm promises that it will include “record-breaking roller coasters, unique thrill experiences, incredible live shows and more.”
It is possible to pick out potential attractions in the concept art that Six Flags has released, but we’re very dubious about whether any of the rides depicted will actually make it into the park.
Ferrari Land, PortAventura Resort, Salou, Spain
First opened in 1995 by a consortium involving the Tussauds Group, Anheuser-Busch and Universal, PortAventura was sold to the Italian private equity group Investindustrial in November 2012. The group clearly has big plans for the resort (already one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions), and in 2014 it announced it had struck a deal to bring the world’s second Ferrari theme park to Salou. While it will be modelled closely on Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Spanish version is set to be on a smaller scale and won’t be hosted entirely indoors like its predecessor. At this point it is not clear whether PortAventura will charge a separate admission fee for Ferrari Land, or if it will simply bundle it with admission to the main PortAventura theme park. Either way, it’s not going to command the same price tag as a full-blown second gate. The area will cover 75,000 square meters, and will consist of new rides, a 250-room luxury hotel, restaurants and shops. Ferrari promises that it will be “an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari”. The headline attraction will become Europe’s fastest accelerator coaster, taking the crown from the 80 miles per hour Stealth at Thorpe Park in the UK. Dubbed Acelerador Vertical, the Intamin creation will stand some 368 feet tall and will launch from 0 to 112 miles per hour in five seconds.
Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi
Back in 2007, Warner Bros. announced a deal with Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties and the Abu Dhabi Media Company to bring a new theme park to the emirate. Following the 2008 financial crisis, which killed off numerous theme park projects, particularly in nearby Dubai, many assumed that the project had been quietly dropped. But they were wrong. Construction work began in July 2015, although it appears to be moving at a fairly leisurely pace. Because of the extreme heat in Abu Dhabi, the park will follow in the footsteps of Ferrari World and be housed almost entirely indoors. It is expected to bear little relation to existing Warner Bros.-branded parks, such as Warner Bros. Movie World on Australia’s Gold Coast. An opening date in 2018 has been mooted. This park will host 19 rides, with an on-site hotel and multiplex cinemas also being housed in the same building.
Twentieth Century Fox World Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Malaysia isn’t the only country that’s due to welcome a new Twentieth Century Fox theme park in the next few years. Fox has also signed a deal with Al Ahli Holding Group to build a park in Dubai, opening just one year later in 2018.