Last updated on September 20, 2017
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — DreamWorks theme park gets booted and instead, is replaced by Maya themed park.
A highly anticipated announcement came late yesterday as the president of Mexico, along with Quintana Roo state governor, were scheduled to officially announce the permanent placement of the new DreamWorks theme park for Riviera Maya.
That statement, however, took a turn when officials announced a radical change in conception that instead of DreamWorks, the same proposed park area will be Maya-themed Amikoo Resort.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, explained that it’s important to remain high in competition when it comes to tourism, and that the projection of tourists will be a figure that many Latin American countries cannot reach. Therefore, the atmosphere and characters of the DreamWorks Studios was transformed into a “themed destination, amusement park and resort” completely dedicated to Maya cosmogony.
“We are going to compete with others who are up there and I am sure that ours will be better than the one over there,” said the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, referring to Amikoo amusement park that is to be built in Riviera Maya.
He explained that the projection of tourists who will visit the theme park is 4.5 million a year, a figure that many Latin American countries and other latitudes cannot reach. This makes Riviera Maya the most important thematic destination of all Latin America.
The $840 million USD Amikoo project run by IUSA and Grupo Gala was presented Monday at the official residence of Los Pinos. The change of plans was presented by businessman Carlos Peralta Quintero, president and CEO of IUSA and investor of the project.
He explained that construction will be divided into two stages. The first of which includes the start of the Amikoo Resort which will consist of a 320-room hotel, a Mayan archaeology and anthropology museum (Maam), a panoramic flight simulator simulator of submarine expedition (Mares de Mexico), a wave pool (Amikoo Surf), as well as the pirate themed adventure of Bacalar.
As before, the entire park will be constructed on the 120 planned hectares in the area of Punta Maroma outside Playa del Carmen, municipality of Solidarity.
This first phase will include a convention center, a shopping area and a gastronomic center, as well as a concert arena. Peralta Quintero said that this set of work will be ready in November 2018, for which he invited President Enrique Peña Nieto to cut the inaugural ribbon.
The second part will be completed in 2020. This stage will include the Amikoo Theme Park with 24 state-of-the-art rides, divided into zones including Park Maya Extreme (sacred land of trees), Maya Adventure (Maya City in its splendor), Maya Discovery (Discovering the Maya), Amikoo Land (Land of the Amikoo family and Great Mexican Fair).
Once complete, the entire construciton of Amikoo Resort will have theme areas, beaches and Scenaria, Jungle. In total, the hotel infrastructure of the entire complex will be 1,200 rooms and that of the 120 hectares approved for the development, 85 will be for conservation.
Peralta Quintero added that the construction of Amikoo Resort will create 9,000 direct jobs and 36,000 indirect jobs and that both the creation of characters and the whole conceptualization of Amikoo was generated by 100 percent Mexican talent.
The new theme park, Amikoo Resort, is based completely on Maya cosmogony, which is a radical change from the original project, which was based on the characters from DreamWorks studios.
The Amikoo Master Plan was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources on August 8, 2016, as a theme park and hotel development whose main attraction was the amusement parks Dream Park and Thrill Park.