Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid main entrance
|Location||San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain|
|Theme||Warner Brothers entertainment & show business & movie studio & Hollywood & Warner Bros.|
|Operated by||Parques Reunidos|
|Opened||April 6, 2002|
|Previous names||Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid - 2002 to 2004
Warner Bros Park Madrid - 2004 to 2006
Parque Warner Madrid is a theme park located 23 km southeast of Madrid, Spain, in the municipality of San Martín de la Vega. The park opened on April 6, 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 6, 2002, and managed by Six Flags until November 2004, although it only had a 5% share in the park, with the majority shareholder being the Community of Madrid, with 40% of the shares (other shareholders included Caja Madrid 20%, 15% Fadesa, El Corte Inglés 5%, NH Hotels 5%).
In 2002, director Pilar Azcárraga said that visitors' satisfaction was around 90%, but union sources put it at 50%.
In 2004, Six Flags would sell all of its European parks, with the exception of the Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid, to Star Parks Group. The Madrid park was instead sold back to Time Warner and renamed "Warner Bros. Park" at the end of the 2004 season.
In 2006, the park was renamed again to "Parque Warner Madrid". This 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 received good reviews from visitors to the park.
The 2008 season saw two further developments: a family water attraction called Oso Yogui and a new show, The Music of Bugs Bunny, based around the glamor of Hollywood in a performance reminiscent of the great Broadway musicals.
On 17 June 2014, a water park was opened, Parque Warner Beach. The €8.5 million park spans 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft) and features two wave pools, a lazy river and two water play areas. Like parts of the original amusement park, Parque Warner Beach is themed around Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera characters.
Among its roller coasters, highlights include Superman: La Atracción de Acero, a first in Europe with its floorless trains, Batman: Arkham Asylum, 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 La Venganza del Enigma, a structure 100 meters high that drops visitors at 80 km/h.
The latest attraction at the park is Correcaminos Bip, Bip, a Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner coaster which delivers high speeds and drops (though it has no inversions) and La Aventura de Scooby-Doo, an interactive ride for families, manufactured by US firm Sally Corporation.
The park is divided into five themed areas: Super Heroes World, Hollywood Boulevard, Movie World Studios, Old West Territory and Cartoon Village
DC Super Heroes World
- Batman: Arkham Asylum - 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
- Sillas Voladoras de Mr. Freeze
- Los Coches de Choque de El Joker
- La Venganza del Enigma
- Looney Tunes: Hollywood Collection
- Teatro Chino 3D
Movie World Studios
Old West Territory
- Cataratas Salvajes - A water ride
- Horror West: El Pueblo Maldito
- Coaster-Express - An RCCA wooden roller coaster
- Río Bravo - An Intamin water ride similar to Australia's Wild West Falls Adventure Ride
- La Aventura de Scooby Doo
- Correo Aereo
- Tom and Jerry - A Zierer Tivoli roller coaster
- Las Tezas de té de Scooby Doo
- Rápidos ACME
- Correcaminos Bip, Bip - a Mack Younstar Coaster
- "Parque Warner Beach". Park World Magazine: 54–56. August 2014.
- "Warner Beach for Madrid". Park World Magazine: 10. October 2013.
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