These New Theme Parks Will Captivate Your Imagination

Theme parks, not to be confused with amusement parks whose origins are much older, have nonetheless been around for a long time. Santa Claus Land in Indiana, often credited for being the country’s first true “theme” park, opened in 1946 offering an Alpine village with a toy shop, rides designed just for little ones and a visit from Santa himself.

These days elaborate new theme parks seem to be popping up as fast as you can say, “Harry Potter.” In fact, almost 20 new theme parks have opened this year alone. However, every now and then a new theme park captures the imagination in a way that makes it truly unique. Such is the case with Katmandu Park, Punta Cana, the Caribbean’s first and only world-class theme park.

Expected to open early 2023 in the Dominican Republic, Katmandu Park, conceived and built by Falcon’s Beyond Global, LLC, will feature cutting-edge rides and attractions that immerse guests in the company’s original, proprietary franchise, The Hidden Realms of Katmandu.

“Katmandu Park, Punta Cana will deliver an experience based on the popular characters of our very own Katmandu fantastical universe,” says Cecil D. Magpuri, CEO of Falcon’s Beyond. “Through innovative rides and attractions that deliver immersive storytelling, guests will truly lose themselves in the Hidden Realms of Katmandu. Combined with other day and night entertainment, dining and shopping, Katmandu Park will offer an extraordinary experience for families and theme park lovers in the premier resort location of Punta Cana.”

Katmandu Park, Punta Cana’s signature attractions will include:

* Voyage of the Fathom Wanderer: The park will feature its first-ever Suspended Theater attraction, where guests will join Kilgore Goode on an underwater mission to protect the Hidden Realm of Azurlan from a sea monster.

* Challenge of the Mad Mage: A fully interactive real-time system gives every player the agency to direct the outcome of the action and even affect the narrative that unfolds before them on the massive, cinema-style screen.

* Legend of the Desirata: A highly sophisticated attraction typically found only at the world’s biggest theme parks, the 4D Dark Ride attraction will be an immersive experience that tells the Katmandu origin story and empowers guests to feel the thrill of adventure through movement.

* EtherQuest: To give guests the chance to explore, play and influence their experience, this attraction uses an action-packed interactive walk-through system, where guests are really the main characters of their own adventure.

The destination will feature three distinct guest experiences: a theme park, resort and retail/dining/entertainment district. For a limited time, this park is open exclusively to guests of the destination’s resort, the recently announced Falcon’s Resort by Meliá, All Suites Punta Cana. Open for guest reservations now, this resort marries premium amenities with extraordinary entertainment experiences. Along with a reservation comes an exclusive ticket to Katmandu Park, located just steps away from the property.

Falcon’s Central | Punta Cana, a signature retail, dining and entertainment district currently in development aims to connect guests with world-renowned brands through curated location-based entertainment venues, experiences, amenities, content, restaurants, shopping, and retail. Both Katmandu Park and Falcon’s Central will be directly accessible to guests of Meliá’s vast network of area resorts and hotels, comprising 1,825 rooms, as well as to guests of hotels in Punta Cana’s Bavaro region — an additional 42,000 rooms — and to over 43,000 local residents within a 30-minute drive.

Additional attractions at Katmandu, Park Punta Cana will include Expedition Golf, a 36-hole mini golf course charting over mountains and inside caves, High Point Adventure, an outdoor ropes course experience, and The Quadagon, featuring four unique indoor climbing courses.

Lost Island Themepark, Waterloo, Iowa, opened in June 2022, featuring five unique realms each with its own distinct architecture, culture and characters. The Tamariki are central to the island, as they maintain the balance of the four sacred elements: air, water, earth and fire. Udara (Air) boasts giant swings and a suspended looping coaster. Awa (Water) Yuta is home to giant squid, whirling waves and schools of fish. (Earth) includes an ancient tree, bumper cars and a serpent roller coaster, while Mura (Fire) features a spinning coaster and quest inside a volcano. Tamariki (Spirit) is the fifth realm featuring pint-sized rides.

Genting SkyWorlds, Malaysia

Opened in early 2022, the outdoor theme park in southeast Asia is built across 26 acres of land and features 26 rides and attractions suitable for thrill seekers of all ages. Genting SkyWorlds will take visitors on a sky-high adventure through nine movie and adventure inspired “worlds”- Eagle Mountain, Central Park, Liberty Lane, Robots Rivet Town, Andromeda Base, Ice Age, Studio Plaza, Epic and Rio. Each world features a host of exciting rides and attractions – specially curated and designed to send imaginations soaring through an immersive experience.

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