Brand new theme parks are now under construction and hopefully will be ready to open in 2018. Here’s our overview of what’s new and more exciting for 2018!
The largest amusement park in Latin America will be in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and will open in phases by 2020. The first one arrives in November with an archaeological museum linked to the Mayan culture and four themed areas.
Among the amusements is the Fly Over Mexico; a simulator which, as the name implies, recreates the experience of flying over the main zones of the country. There will also be three other attractions: Amigo Surf Spot, Los Piratas de Bacalar and the Mares de México.
In the first phase will also open the area Mayan Downtown, where there will be a hotel, shops and restaurants. In all, the park will have six distinct zones: Park Maya Extreme, Maya Adventure, Maya Discovery and Amikoo Land.
20th Century Fox World, Malaysia
Malaysia will welcome late this year the characters from “Ice Age”, “Titanic”, “Aliens”, “Evening at the Museum” and “The Simpsons”. The upcoming movie inspired theme park currently under construction in Genting Highlands (Resorts World Genting), Malaysia, will span over 25 acres in size and will feature roughly 25 thrill rides and attractions.
It was in 2007 that Warner Bros. announced an agreement with Aldar Properties and Abu Dhabi Media Company to set up the park in the United Arab Emirates. It was thought that with the 2008 crisis the plans had been suspended, but that was not what happened. At least not for long.
Warner Bros World, Abu Dhabi
The works of Warner Bros. World started in 2015 and, if everything goes as planned, it opens this year – still without a defined month. To avoid the heat that is felt in the country (in the summer it surpasses 40 degrees, and in the winter usually does not go below 20), the park will be almost all covered.
The space will have 29 attractions, separated into six different zones linked to the Warner universe, of course. They are Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros Plaza. We’ve dedicated last December a full length article to the park that you can read here.
Dubai Safari Park
Alongside with Warner Bros World Dubai Safari is one of the region most eagerly anticipated new attractions.
The animal sanctuary threw open its gates on December, in what it is describing as a ‘soft opening’. The grand opening of Dubai Safari is set for later this month.
Home to 2,500 animals in its first phase, representing more than 250 species, guests can check out four villages: African, Arabian, Asian and an Open Safari village (although Asian Village isn’t open yet).
It is also home to the world’s first drive-thru crocodile exhibit, UAE’s largest aviary exhibit, and the UAE’s only drive-thru hippo and tiger exhibit.
Parc Spirou, France
France will get a new theme park in June this year and it will be pretty big. Comic characters are hot in the country and one of those is Spirou. French people of all ages know these characters like the world knows Disney. With 25 to 30 rides, it will be one of the region’s major parks. The best news however, is that there will be 3 coasters.