Friday, May 24, 2013
Here is the part two of my report on the upcoming Paramount Park at Alhama de Murcia, in Spain. If you've missed the part one posted yesterday you MUST read it before this one to understand better what this park will be and you'll find the part one HERE.
Let's move to the next land of this Paramount park, and this one is called "Woodland Fantasy" and it will be a mix of Fantasyland and Harry Potter land - in the "spirit" only of course as the rides and attractions will be unique. In Woodland Fantasy "kids will find all the fantasy included in some of their favorite movies and it will be the headquarter for every young fans of magic. Thanks to the Stardust's Magician Workshop they will be able to improve their techniques to become the best ones."
The big E-Ticket ride of Woodland Fantasy will be "Spiderwick Chronicles" inspired by the famous children books and movies, and it'll be an interactive attraction using cutting edge technology in which the visitors will use their magic wand to gain the most possible points as they ride through a series of 3D projected fantasy scenes.
In "Fairy Tale Voyages" visitors will travel on a boat all over different places to discover whether fairy characters exist or not and where to find them.
Woodland Fantasy will also include a play zone with a maze and others children rides like a carousel with fantasy creatures...
The other big attraction should be Sleepy Hollow, a movie "in which 3D audio effects and holographic projections will join forces with the Headless Horseman so as the visitors will not be sure if what they hear is real or is the Horseman is in the room with them..."
I have the feeling this one might use the 3D audio technology previously used by WDI Imagineers in WDW "Alien Encounter" attraction...
Let's move to "Plaza Futura", the "Tomorrowland" of this Paramount park! Plaza Futura "will be dedicated to science fiction and to that uncertain future that many movies have described, with thrilling outer space adventures".
The special effects will have the major role in each corner of Plaza Futura and the big E-Ticket ride will be the Star Trek attraction, which will use state of the art technology and launch riders in a thrilling journey into the stars. Below, artworks of the pre show and show itself and it looks like it'll be a big simulator ride.
On the "Warp Speed" coaster riders will blast through the most thrilling ride in the galaxy! A catapult launch seems to be guaranteed on this one.
At "Quasar Force" kids will have a space activity where they will come space heroes in a more colorful and inviting version of outer space. The ride itself looks like a mad mouse coaster...
And that's the end of the artwork report but you can see more about the paramount Park Murcia project in the presentation video below. The park was supposed to open in 2015 but i think it's better to bet on an opening not before 2016.
The big question for DLP fans is: will this new park be a competitor and have an effect on Disneyland Paris attendance? Considering that Paramount Park Murcia will be located in the south of Spain at more than 1400 km from DLP and is smaller than DLP it won't be a daily competitor as Universal can be to WDW in Orlando. But is it going to hurt DLP attendance? Yes, it probably will, i think Paramount Park Murcia is a bad news for DLP, and here is why.
As you know the WDC gave to DLP six months ago a huge amount of money - 1.332 billion euros - to allow DLP to refinance its debt with the banks. The operation was done to avoid DLP to continue paying the huge debt interests, but now of course DLP owe the 1.332 billion euros to the WDC.
What you probably DON'T know is the other part of the deal and from what i have been told it is this one: the WDC gave 1.332 B € to DLP and DLP have the money to pay for the WDS Ratatouille ride but the park will have to find by itself the money to finance all future attractions. This is why DLP don't communicate yet on the Ratatouille ride opening next year, because from now each visitor to DLP parks count more than ever and DLP definitely don't want anyone to wait until the Ratatouille ride open to come to the parks. If the parks attendance is falling, then the resort revenues will, then the benefit will be smaller. And it's precisely on the benefit that, from now, the park will take - and save - some money each year to pay by itself the future rides.
Now that you know this you will understand why the Paramount Park in Spain might be a danger for DLP. Paramount is already a well known movie studios and when the park will open they surely will do a big marketing operation all over Europe, and you can be sure that spaniards as well as some of the millions of tourists who go on vacation each summer in Spain will consider to have a visit at Paramount Park Murcia, where they will find plenty of new rides they've never seen before. Sure, Paramount Park Murcia won't "take" million of visitors to DLP but even if it is 300.000 or 500.000 less visitors per year it would be catastrophic for Disneyland Paris as it is precisely these "last" 500.000 visitors on which DLP makes its benefit.
And, as i've said, no DLP benefit, no new rides. And wait, this is without counting the possible opening of the other Paramount Park in London, which will make the situation even worse as DLP needs - and has - more visitors from the U.K than from Spain, specially now with the big economy crisis in Spain. My only advice is that no one at DLP underestimate this new Paramount Park which, without being as big as DLP, could very well be as good as a small Universal Studios park.
Artwork and video: copyright Paramount Pictures and Parks