The world’s first Cartoon Network-themed waterpark will be constructed on Thailand’s east coast in Bang Saray, near Pattaya, Turner Broadcasting System, Asia Pacific announced Tuesday.
Cartoon Network Amazone, expected to open in 2013, will use an Amazon Rainforest theme while “infusing” the park with the company’s most popular cartoons and characters, such as Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and The Amazing World of Gumball.
The waterpark will feature a number of rides suitable for everyone, from thrill-seekers to the less adventurous. Cartoon Network say these will include signature rides such as a huge wave pool suitable for families, an adventure river, speed slides, raft racing and a large water-play “fortress” for kids, which will be one of the biggest in the world.
“Cartoon Network is all about the fun and energy of the playground, and the addition of Cartoon Network Amazone means that families can literally step into our vibrant world of animation and vacation with their favourite characters like never before,” said Sunny Saha, senior vice-president and managing director of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.
“We are very proud to have Thailand as the spectacular backdrop for the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed waterpark. Thailand’s reputation as the Land of Smiles and perfect weather will ensure a memorable visit for guests of all ages.”
Cartoon Network Amazone is already into the first phase of its development and is being constructed in collaboration with Amazon Falls Co. Ltd, a leading developer of attractions and resorts in Thailand.
It is thought that, once finished, the waterpark will cover 14 acres of land and will be just 15 minutes from Pattaya Beach City; the attraction is hoping to attract around 800,000 guests per year when it’s fully up and running.
“Thailand has excellent tourism credentials, a vibrant culture with a vast history and also the most welcoming people in the world. The addition of Cartoon Network Amazone marks Thailand’s very first internationally branded water theme park,” said Liakat Dhanji, chairman of Amazon Falls Co. Ltd.
“Cartoon Network is a global household name, and with this strategic alliance, we have no doubt that by welcoming our guests to meet their favorite Cartoon Network heroes, it will be a great draw for our park.”
Atchaka Sribunruang, secretary-general of the Thailand Board of Investment, added, “Apart from offering substantial foreign investment, Cartoon Network Amazone will create numerous training and employment opportunities for Thai people on all professional and skill levels and create many jobs both directly and indirectly for the local economy.
“Our famous tourism market offers some of the most exciting and exotic attractions in the world and we are confident that Cartoon Network Amazone will be a premiere family destination for all ages. The Thailand Board of Investment is very supportive of this project and will offer as much assistance as required.”
Bang Saray, where the waterpark will be located, is a charming fishing port just 16 kilometers from Pattaya. The province attracts more than five million tourists per year and is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand.
Last year, Pattaya was voted “Golf Destination of the Year 2012 for Australasia and Asia” by IAGTO.