Paramount Park Spain awards construction contracts
Written by Robert Niles
It looks like the proposed Paramount Park in Spain might actually happen. The developer behind the proposed theme park, which would be built outside Alhama de Murcia, in southeast Spain, last week awarded two construction contracts for the park, valued at US$100 million.Tweet
Artist's concept of Spain's Paramount Park
The smaller contract, worth about US$30 million, is for access roads and site prep for an accompanying commercial retail and hotel development. The other, US$70 million contract to Spanish construction company Ferrovial, is for the theme park itself.
Let's presume that the construction contract is simply for park site development and core facilities, and does not include actual attractions. The developer's press release promises "Murcia's Paramount Theme Park will have 35 to 40 super high tech attractions and hopes to welcome upwards of three million visitors each year from around the world."
Seventy million dollars buys you about one "super high tech attraction," not "35 to 40." Earlier press releases, from 2011, portrayed an ambitious line-up of attractions for the park, including four themed lands, a Spider-Man-like motion-base ride, a Star Tours clone, two shooter dark rides, at least one 4D show, an indoor boat ride, a rapids ride, and a high-speed launch coaster.
Skip to 3:11 in the video for an overview of the park, in Spanish:
The video describes four lands: Paseo Paramount, Rango's West (based on the animated film), Woodland Fantasy, and Plaza Futura. Hmmm, a main street, a frontier land, a fantasy land, and a tomorrow-themed land — where have we seen that before?
Highlights include a Mission: Impossible-themed motion base ride, Rango's Rapids, a Star Trek-themed Star Tours clone, and the space-themed roller coaster. If the park were to meet expectations and draw three million visitors a year, that would make it Europe's seventh-most popular park, behind the two parks at Disneyland Paris, Europa Park, Efteling, Tivoli Gardens, and Spain's Port Aventura, which is located more than 300 miles up the coast from the Paramount Park site.
The park's slated to open in late 2015. Thoughts?
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