Theme Park Zones
The first area called “City Adventure” will include three major attractions. One of them will be based on the film Titanic and will feature a huge reproduction of the ocean liner. This area will also host one of three roller coasters to be built in the park based on “The Italian Job” and a virtual reality feature entitled “Mission Impossible”.
The second area, “Lost Valley”, will feature a water ride recreating a trip down the Congo river along with a recreation of the crypt from Tomb Raider and a rollercoaster based on the legend of Beowulf.
Especially designed for children is the “Woodland Fantasy” area. A more tranquil offering, dominated by a large tree and featuring magic workshops and interactive adventures including one based on the “Spiderwick Chronicles”.
Plaza Futura is the cutting edge technology area which will feature Star Trek and a spectacular recreation of “War of the Worlds”. Not for the faint hearted this area will feature a passage of terror based on the feature film “Paranormal Activity”.
The centerpiece of the park will be an avenue flanked by hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre with a pavilion focusing on the attractions of the region of Murcia and Spain.
Over one billion Euros is to be invested in the park which will employ in excess of 10,000 people during the course of construction. The park will also contain an auditorium with capacity for 15,000 people and the largest convention centre in the region of Murcia capable of accommodating over 3,000 people in its main hall.
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Earlier Breaking News Stories.....
3 March 2011
According to La Verdad newspaper this week the draft plans for the Paramount Theme Park in Murcia show an area the size of 109 football pitches with a water park and four hotels. The resort is to be the centre of Paramount film in Europe. Representatives from Paramount were in Murcia this week to continue working on the project. More detailed plans for the Paramount Resort are expected within the month.
4 February 2011
We understand from press reports that the favoured location for the theme park is now at the Sierra Alhama location, about 5km from Condado de Alhama resort and 30 minutes drive from the other Polaris World resorts. All is expected to be clarified once detailed plans are published.
10 January 2011
We await detailed plans for the theme park in Alhama including facilities, rides and definitive location which are all expected in the first few months of 2011. Once available we will publish here.
12 November 2010
American executives from Paramount Licensing division were in Murcia yesterday to confirm at a joint press conference that the new Paramount theme park will be built in the county of Alhama in Murcia. The land adjacent to Condado de Alhama resort has been widely reported in recent months as being the favoured site for the location of the new theme park. Jesus Samper who is heading the development company hopes to build a theme park to compete with Disneyland Paris and one that will become a "European destination in itself". Michael Bartok, Senior Vice President for Paramount Licensing hopes to finalise detailed plans for the project by April 2011.
10 September 2010:
Major Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures has finalised negotiations and has reached a deal to open a Paramount Theme Park Murcia it was announced today. The project is expected to create 20,000 jobs and attract 3 million visitors per year to the Murcia region. Read Paramount Official Announcement.
Earlier this year the land adjacent to the Polaris World resort of Condado de Alhama was suggested by the Murcian regional government as the likely location for the Paramount project. More details are expected on the location in the coming months.
Such a big name theme park in the region will attract further projects and is expected to make Murcia one of the European hot spots for second homes in the years ahead. Murcia is just a two hour flight from the UK and offers the best winter climate in Europe.
A new international airport is set to open in 2011 at Corvera within 20 minutes of all the Polaris World resorts and close to any proposed site for the Paramount theme park.
It is tremendous news for the Murcia region and further helps boosts the property market on the Polaris World resorts which have experienced climbing sales in 2010 - helped by bank repossession bargains and 100% mortgage deals. Property prices on the resorts were 40%-50% higher in 2007 and a further 3 million visitors per year, more than doubling what Murcia currently experiences, is likely to send the property market climbing from its current artificially low level.
The regional councillor for Culture and Tourism in Murcia, Pedro Cruz, said that in absolute terms “it is the most important project undertaken in the region ever”. Polaris World, perhaps the previous most important project for the region, backed by a multi million pound TV campaign, saw the construction of 10,000 holiday homes across six resorts. Putting the scale of this new project in perspective, the Murcia region is expected to be short of 15,000 hotel rooms alone.
3 March 2010:
Paramount Pictures has chosen the region of Murcia as a potential European location for the construction of a giant theme park to compete with Disneyland Paris.
Minister of Culture, Pedro Cruz and President of the Murcia region, Ramon Luis Valcarcel, have been in discussions with Michael Bartok, Executive Vice President of the licencing division of Paramount Pictures. The pair recently returned from a visit to Dubai with news that feasibility studies would be underway to consider a massive them park project in the region of Murcia.
Cruz said that the Region of Murcia will become the “centre of leisure for Spain” with a complex of 2.5 square kilometres, creating 20,000 jobs and providing an additional three million tourist visitors to Spain. The project will need 15,000 hotel rooms and investment plans will be considered in the coming months. The regional Government and the Ruwaad holding company, that represent Paramount in the construction of theme parks, will be looking for investment partners to make the project a reality. Executives and technicians of Ruwaad will move to the Region of Murcia in the coming months to undertake the study.
Paramount Pictures has produced a string of hollywood blockbuster films in recent years including Indianna Jones, Titanic, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible, Transformers, Star Trek and Shrek.
Michael Bartok and Ruwaad Holdings CEO Hayan Merchant are understood to favour the region of Murcia because of it's climatic attractions, over and above other regions including Catalunia and Andalucia, both of which have been considered for the project.
Murcia is considered to be ideal due to the location of the new Corvera Airport, recently completed motorway links, the new high speed rail lines currently under construction and the fact that the region is the warmest in Spain, with an average 300 days of sunshine a year. The land adjacent to the resort at Condado de Alhama has been suggested by the regional government as a potential location for a Paramount theme park although a second choice of location is just five minutes from the resort.
Such an investment in the region will be a massive boost for property owners at who have bought second homes in the region and for the golf resorts that have been built in Murcia in the last six years.