Theme parks are popular around the world, and Disney is leading the way for the industry. But a new Spanish theme park city is set to rival other major resorts – including Disneyland parks.
The new theme park is set to open in 2023, hoping to welcome more than four million guests.
Spanning 1,200 hectares and named Elysium City, the tourist destination is set to be built in the municipality of Castilblanco, which is located just under three hours south of Madrid.
Home to a number of hotels, water rides and roller coasters, the ‘city’ will also feature a water park and an 18-hole golf course. It will be served by its own high-speed train system and heliport, according to Travel + Leisure.
There will also be a 40,000 seat stadium for music festivals and sporting events, alongside free high-speed WiFi throughout and smart infrastructure such as live traffic and weather updates.
The surrounding terrain has been designed for outdoor sports, including hiking, bike-riding and nature walks. The theme park itself will feature intelligent furniture and lighting that will be environmentally friendly.
The first and second stages
The first stage of the park will open in 2023, where guests will initially be able to stay in one of the 3,000 rooms, spread across four hotels, each with their own casinos.
The second stage of the city will open in 2028, and is set to incorporate more luxury hotels, a Formula One track and an equestrian centre.
The creators of this park are also cooking up other attractions for the destinations, but plans for these are yet to be revealed.
Building work for the smart city is expected to start later this year and will also be home to 2,000 housing units for new residents.
John Cora, founder and chairman of Cora Alpha behind the new city, told Travel + Leisure, “It’s basically a city that we’re creating that will be a smart city from ground up, but the core will be the entertainment pieces – a Disney-level major theme park and an adventure water park that’s unlike typical water parks.”