Gorgeous white-sand beaches and sunny year round temps have drawn more than just tourism dollars to Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The famed DreamWorks production company has announced that it will begin working with a variety of international and Mexican investors to finance a new, state of the art animated, Disneyland-style theme park just north of Playa del Carmen and just south of Cancun in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
According to a press release, the new park will cover a space of around 10 hectares (nearly 25 acres) and will include a number of characters from the studio’s most popular Hollywood films, including Madagascar, Antz, Kung Fu Panda, Shark Tale, Puss n Boots and Shrek.
“The park will be modeled from the current DreamWorks Park outside of New York and will bear all the typical attractions, including restaurants,commercial spaces,theaters and aquatic attractions,” writes the Riviera Maya News. “Dining areas and commercial shops will also be modeled from the beloved animated characters.”
Sources say DreamWorks studio has partnered with the Foundation for Investment in the Riviera Maya (La Fundación para La Inversión de la Riviera Maya) to build the amusement park, which the foundation’s leader Wilberth Gutierrez Alvarez says will “be led by an important group of Mexican investors, among them, Carlos Peralta, Fernando Chico Pardo and Angel Rodriguez.”
Additional reports show the park will be built just outside the popular tourist city of Cancun in an area, known as Punta Maroma, which is also close to Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean and Riviera Maya. Gutierrez Alvarez also revealed that additional official details about the new DreamWorks Park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya will be released in the next few months.
“The park will [also] have villas themed like its most famous characters and will provide at least 2,000 jobs in the area,” shared Jesús Martín Medina, president of the local tourism association. “This project will benefit everyone, but especially tourism aimed at families, which is one of the most important.”
The initial investment is expected to be at least USD $800 million, which will fund more than 30 attractions, villas, theaters, restaurants and a variety of other commercial spaces, as well as the later addition of an aquatic park. The new DreamWorks Park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is estimated to receive at least 4 million annual visitors during its first four years of operation, with at least half that many coming during the first six months after it opens.