New reports coming out of Europe are talking about a new Paramount Pictures theme park coming to Spain in 2015, including a high-tech Star Trek-themed attraction. TrekMovie has confirmed that the project is in development, but that financing is details are still being worked out. More below.
Paramount Themed Park Planned For Spain – Financing Still In Progress
There is exciting news coming from Europe with regards to a planned Paramount theme park, including a major Star Trek attraction. As we have seen overly optimistic reports before, like those coming out of Las Vegas about the supposed 2010 return of Star Trek: The Experience, TrekMovie double-checked to be sure that the project is real. And according to Paramount, the project is genuine, however the financing and details are still not final.
For the last few months a group of European developers and Region of Murcia, Spain have been working on a plan to build a new theme park in the south of Spain, an area very popular with European tourists (especially British and Germans tourists). The Paramount Murcia Theme Park wil include rides and attractions themed around Paramount films and is envisioned as a competitor to other European theme parks like Disneyland Paris, Warner Park Madrid, and Movie Park Germany. TrekMovie has confirmed that Paramount has granted a license to the developers, but the project is being financed locally in Spain (and financing has not been completed).
Artists rendering of entrance to Paramount Theme Park planned for Murcia Spain
Last week at a public meeting in Murcia, the developers along with a representative from Paramount outlined design plans for the project. The plan is to create a number of themed areas, with one called "Future Plaza", here is a description via SimplyNetworking.es:
This zone submerges visitors into the fantasies of Star Trek, which promises total immersion, action and adventures awaiting in the form of the most advanced integration technology and special effects. Visitors can participate in a spectacular 4D battle environment in the War of the Worlds, fighting off alien invaders using the most advanced movement simulators which exist.
It is not known what the nature of the Star Trek attraction will be, but being that this park is linked to Paramount Pictures it is very likely to be themed around the most recent Star Trek films produced by Paramount.
Other planned areas of the park include "Adventure City" (including attractions themed around Titanic, Mission Impossible, and The Italian Job), "Lost Valley" (Congo river ride, Beowulf castle, Tomb Raider crypt), and "Woodland Fantasy" (fantasy theme). There will also be a "Lifestyle Center" which will include shops, a business center, and hotel accommodations.
The park location will be in Alhama, Murcia, Spain, which was chosen for its average of 300 days of sun each ear, along with its proximity to air, ground and rail transportation. Current plans are to start construction by the end of this year and to have the park built by 2015, however this depends on securing the needed financing for the multi-million Euro project.
Here is a Spanish report about the public meeting on the Paramount park.
Paramount says that they don’t currently have any more details to provide, but promised TrekMovie to do a follow up in a few months. So stay tuned.
NOTE: TrekMovie is not doing any April Fool’s pranks this year