Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid main entrance
|Location||San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain|
|Operated by||Time Warner|
|Opened||April 5, 2002|
Parque Warner Madrid (previously known as Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid and Warner Bros. Park) is a theme park located 25 km southeast of Madrid, Spain, in the municipality of San Martín de la Vega. The park opened on April 5, 2002, under the management of the Six Flags chain, with a 5% ownership share held by Time Warner. In November 2004, the management arrangement with Six Flags was terminated, with the park now managed by Time Warner and numerous Spanish investment groups. The name change to Parque Warner Madrid occurred at the start of 2006.
The park was opened on April 5, 2002, and managed by Six Flags until November 2004, although the majority shareholder was the Community of Madrid hold 40% of the shares (Caja Madrid 20%, 15% Fadesa, El Corte Ingles 5%, 5% NH Hotels) and Six Flags only another 5% management the real conducted by the U.S. company in the person of Thomas Merhmann who sources close to the address stated who had three years working in Spain and not yet mastered the language, which gave idea of knowledge of Spanish society. Despite all, Six Flags operated the park at their discretion without regard to the board of directors, to produce all kinds of situations far less obtrusive.
In 2002, director Pilar Azcarraga said that visitors' satisfaction was around 90%, but union sources lowered it at 50%.
In addition to the park, the project from the beginning with the construction of a water park, hotels, golf courses, shopping and leisure areas and residential properties with the intention of creating a tourist resort that could become a holiday destination in itself same. Managing the expectations of the Six Flags included a disproportionate anticipation of visitors that was never fulfilled and therefore the next phases of the project never came to run. Since he left the Six Flags theme park management, the expansion project has been revised several times, and although today there is nothing definitive, the most recent information indicated that part of the land reserved for expansion of the resort could be dedicated to the construction of houses to be able to recoup part of the debt accumulated by the company.
The first season with the team manager Henry Sainz at the helm has yielded results quite hopeful to increase the number of visitors, spending done within the compound, the satisfaction of the visitors and especially from the operating profit has remained close to the 2 million euros, well below the 4 million loss the previous year.
The 2006 season saw the premiere of two new shows, Police Academy 2 and Batman Begins, the latter based on the latest movie from Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Both have received good reviews from visitors to the park.
The 2008 season saw two further developments, a family water attraction called Yogi Bear and Bubu and a new show, The Music of Bugs Bunny, based around the glamor of Hollywood in a performance reminiscent of the great Broadway musicals.
The Community of Madrid, the principal shareholder of the park, has yet to leave the shareholding after reaching an agreement with the municipality of San Martin de la Vega at the end of 2005 to modify the park's soil and building permit a shopping mall, two hotels and an entertainment facility.
The book sale of those shares has been published at the end of May and is awaiting offers from potential buyers interested among those who could find entertainment companies, real estate, hotel chains, and so on. The value of the shares of the Community of Madrid through the company publishes Arpeggios is expected to go from 50 to 200 million euros. It is expected that this plan allows liquidate the debt of the park, and visitors reach figures close to those initially planned. The new management team with Jesus Sainz at the helm as president contemplates 2008 as a possible date for the commencement of the works of the hotels and Water Park. These works will finish around 2015, and also a golf course and citywalk warner village will be built as well.
Among its roller coasters, highlights include Superman: The Attraction of Steel, a first in Europe with its floorless trains, Batman: The Escape, an inverted roller coaster, Coaster Express, a wooden coaster and Stunt Fall, a Giant Inverted Boomerang offering guests a vertical drop of 54'4m reaching a top speed of 115 km/h. Another prominent attraction is The Revenge of the Enigma, a structure 100 meters high that drops visitors at 80 km/h.
The latest attractions at the park is The Correcaminos Bip Bip, a Wile E. and Road Runner coaster which delivers high speeds and drops (though it has no inversions) and The Adventures of Scooby-Doo, an interactive attraction for families, manufactured by US firm Sally Corporation.
The park is divided into five themed areas: DC Super Heroes World, Warner Bros. Studios, Cartoon Village, Old West Territory and Hollywood Boulevard.
DC Superhéroes World
- Batman: La Fuga - a steel Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster, identical to the Batman: The Ride series of roller coasters
- Superman: La Atracción de Acero - a Bolliger & Mabillard floorless roller coaster
- Lex Luthor
- Batman: La Sombra del Murciélago
- Mr Freeze
- Los Coches de Choque de "El Joker"
- La Venganza del Enigma (Riddler's Revenge)
- Juegos de habilidad
Warner Bros. Studios
- La Aventura de Scooby Doo - Sally Corporation Interactive Dark Ride
- Tazas de té de Scooby Doo - Teacups
- Tom and Jerry - Family Roller coaster
- Rápidos ACME - River Rapids ride
- ACME Park - Playground with pool balls
- ACME, juegos de agua - Water Games
- Los Coches Locos - Bumper Cars for kids
- Paseo en autobús - Children's flat ride
- Zona de Explosíon - Spring Ride / Family Tower
- Helicópteros - Children's flat ride
- Correo Aéreo - Family flat ride of Elmer Fudd
- Cohetes Espaciales - Children's flat ride of Marvin the Martian
- Convoy de camiones - Children's Tram Tour
- Carrousel - Carousel
- La madriguera de Bugs Bunny - Bugs Bunny House
- El camerino del Pato Lucas - Daffy Duck House
- La casa de la abuelita - Tweety and Sylvester the Cat House
- Correcaminos Bip Bip - Family Roller coaster
- Escuela de conducción Yaba-daba-doo - Driving School of The Flintstones
- ¡A toda máquina! - Rocking tug of Foghorn Leghorn
- He visto un lindo gatito - Kite Flyer of Tweety
- Emergencias Pato Lucas - Fire Brigade of Daffy Duck
- Los juegos de Marvin el marciano - skill games of Marvin the Martian
Old West Territory
- Los Carros de la Mina
- Juegos de habilidad
- Rio Bravo
- Cataratas Salvajes
- Coaster Express - a wooden roller coaster formerly known as Wild Wild West
- Tunel del Terror (Walk-Tour)
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