Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Amikoo Park, which is the Maya cosmology themed park announced to replace the DreamWorks project for Riviera Maya, has officially been approved for construction.
The park, which has been granted all the necessary permits, can now move forward with its first construction phase.
In September of 2017, the Maya-themed park was announced by Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto and businessman Carlos Peralta. They presented Amikoo Amusement Park and Resort project explaining that the park is to be constructed by 100 percent Mexican funding in the order of $840 USD from Grupo IUSA.
In a statement, it is explained that the park will be constructed in two phases, the first being an area of 120 hectares which will include a 320-room hotel with a Maya archaeological and anthropology museum, as well as commercial and gastronomic areas.
Amikoo Park contemplates the start-up of operations toward the end of 2019 with the first phase scheduled for the end of 2019 and the second phase between 2020 and 2021, which, when complete, will include four grand Mayan worlds with more than 40 attractions, shows and restaurants.
The Amikoo park was originally set to be a Dreamworks theme park, however, local authorities and investors changed the theme to remain competitive with Peña Nieto saying it’s important to remain high in competition when it comes to tourism, therefore, the atmosphere and characters of the DreamWorks Studios was transformed into a “themed destination, amusement park and resort” completely dedicated to Maya cosmogony.
The new park is estimated to attract approximately 4.5 million visitors annually. Amikoo is Mayan for friend. The new park will generate more than 9,000 jobs for the region.