Construction Update November 05, 2011
Construction of this exceptionally promising major theme park venture in the south-east of Spain hasn't commenced to date, yet I was able to secure a brochure from the mayor's office in Alhama de Murcia.
Paramount endures a somewhat unfortunate history with regards to theme park announcements: none of their proclaimed parks in Hangzhou/Shanghai (announced in 2005), Dubai (2007) or Korea (2008) got off the ground so far. As with Paramount Movie Park Korea, progress on the proposed Spain park gambles on the quest for non-Paramount investors to provide the necessary funds (that is, according to the brochure: 500 million EUR for the theme park, and 500 million EUR for the adjacent 'Lifestyle City' that includes hotels, shopping and infrastructure). I dearly hope it will work out this time, otherwise Paramount's creative teams may slowly grow tired from seeing their concepts never being put into practice.
Above all, the biggest of all questions remains: will these parks live up to the standards of Universal Studios theme parks (5 star) or hover at the Warner Brothers level (3-4 stars)? If Disney and/or Universal standards will be matched or beaten, finally a third major theme park player will drop anchor. We will see. Hopefully we will see it here, in Alhama de Murcia.
Wherever there's a theme park announcement...
...there is also...
...a Theme Park Guy!
Alhama de Murcia, southern Spain
It's a medium-sized village
An original Alhama-de-Murcian
Paramount Park Spain brochure
Park sections Adventure City (bottom), Rango's West (left), Woodland Fantasy (top)
Park sections Woodland Fantasy (top left) and Plaza Futura (top right)
Rango's West roller coaster on the left, Sleepy Hollow dark ride at the top
Warp Speed launch coaster sticking out of the Plaza Futura section
Mediterranean Paramount Park entrance
The road that passes the proposed Paramount Park site
iPhone pinpointing the location
This is where Paramount Park Spain is planned to be built
The exact spot of the proposed Paramount Park Spain
Future Paramount terrain?
Paramount theme park Spain pre-birth stage
Coto privado de caza!
The Paramount territory isn't completely empty
Hollywood Hills feel
All this will have to make space for Paramount
Murcia, site of the future Paramount movie theme park
Puerto de Mazzaron close-by