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Largest Theme Park in CEE
August 29, 2012   
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The Adventure World Warsaw Parks & Resort company has started building what will be the largest theme park in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. Located in Grodzisk Mazowiecki near Warsaw, the project will cost over 600 million euros.

“The first entertainment complex on such a huge scale will mark a turning point for Poland, putting it right next to global leaders in the recreation and leisure industry,” said Peter Jan Mulder, CEO of Adventure World Warsaw Parks & Resort. Visitors can expect over 50 different attractions in the theme park itself, including 24 rides and roller coasters, as well as the largest water park in Poland, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, boutiques, cafes, pubs and clubs. The complex will also comprise two impressive theme hotels with more than 800 rooms, restaurants and conference facilities.

The complex will be built on 230 hectares of land. It is being developed by a group of companies with years of experience in the theme park industry, including AGS Architects, Imtech, JoraVision, Tebodin, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing and Hafema.

Adventure World Warsaw will draw on local culture and history and will boost the region’s economy and tourism industry, said Steven Shaiken, the executive managing director of the project. He added that the magnitude of Adventure World Warsaw is without precedent in Eastern Europe and it will create thousands of new jobs and impact favorably on the travel trade and tourism industry throughout the country and all of Europe.

The project also has the support of local authorities. Grzegorz Benedykciński, the mayor of Grodzisk Mazowiecki, said, “The thousands of jobs and the new business development opportunities will secure the economic future and development prospects of the town and its neighborhood for many years to come.”

The theme park itself will provide jobs for over 3,000 people. It will also stimulate economic growth and help create thousands more jobs in a knock-on effect.

The annual number of visitors to all sections of the complex (the theme park, the water park, the entertainment section and hotels) is expected to reach 2.6 million in the first year (2015) and over 4.6 million when Adventure World Warsaw turns 10 in 2024. The theme park will benefit from its convenient location near the A1 and A2 freeways in the center of Poland, good access by rail and the proximity of three airports.

The cost of Adventure World Warsaw is estimated at 620 million euros, 38 million of which has already been spent. The investor has not revealed details regarding funding for the project. “We are working with an international consortium of banks,” said Mulder. “We will carry out the project under our own name; there is no other theme park behind it.”

Construction work will take over two years and is scheduled for completion in 2014. The grand opening is expected to take place in March 2015.
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