Parque Warner Madrid
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 6 April 2002 under the management of the Six Flags chain, with a 5% ownership share held by Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences. In November 2004, the management arrangement with Six Flags was terminated, with the park now managed by WarnerMedia and numerous Spanish investment groups. The name change to Parque Warner Madrid occurred at the start of 2006.
Parque Warner Madrid main entrance
|Location||San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain|
|Theme||Warner Brothers entertainment & show business & movie studio & Hollywood & Warner Bros.|
|Owner||Parques Reunidos (95%)|
Warner Bros. (5%)
|Operated by||Parques Reunidos|
|Opened||6 April 2002|
|Previous names||Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid - 2002 to 2004|
Warner Bros Park Madrid - 2004 to 2006
|Parque Warner Madrid|
Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid had a grand opening on 5 April 2002 with 10,000 invited guests including Bo Derek and Christopher Lambert as special guests. The park was opened to the general public on 6 April 2002, and was 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%.
On 3 April 2004, Six Flags sold all of its European parks, with the exception of Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid, to StarParks, a subsidiary of Palamon Capital Partners. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid 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 première 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 named Parque Warner Beach was opened. 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 theme park, Parque Warner Beach is themed around Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and DC Comics 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 54.4 m 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.
Other attractions at the park include 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: DC 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
There is no attractions in this area, it is an entrance area.
Movie World Studios
Old West Territory
- Cataratas Salvajes - A water ride
- Expedientes Warren
- Coaster-Express - An RCCA wooden roller coaster. This is the last roller coaster built by RCCA and one of only three still in operation.
- Río Bravo - An Intamin water ride, it is essentially an updated clone of "Wild West Falls" from Australia's Warner Brothers Movie World park, but uses boats that were originally used on Valhalla at Englands Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- La Aventura de Scooby-Doo
- Looney Tunes: ACME Air Mail
- Tom y Jerry: Picnic en el Parque - A Zierer Tivoli roller coaster
- Scooby-Doo's Tea Party Mystery
- ACME Rápidos
- Correcaminos Bip Bip - a Mack Youngstar Coaster
- La madriguera de Bugs Bunny
- El Camerino del Pato Lucas
- La Casita de la Abuelita
- Convoy de Camiones
- ACME: Juegos de Agua
- Cartoon Carrousel
- Emergencias Pato Lucas
- ¡A toda máquina!
- Academia de Pilotos Baby Looney Tunes
- Escuela de conducción Yabba-Dabba-Doo
- He visto un lindo gatito
- Marvin el Marciano Cohetes Espaciales
- Piolín y Sylvestre Paseo en Autobús
- La captura de Gossamer on the Loose!
- Wile E. Coyote: Zona de Explosión
- Pato Lucas Coches Locos
- "Parque Warner Madrid (San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "Parque Warner Beach". Park World Magazine: 54–56. August 2014.
- "Warner Beach for Madrid". Park World Magazine: 10. October 2013.
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