Cuba could have the second biggest amusement park in the world

Posted: 17-May-16 08:16

According to The Independent, an American leisure company has presented a project to the Cuban government to build a massive amusement park near Varadero beach, in the western part of the island. The initiative could prove a big draw for families travelling to Cuba with kids, where amusement facilities of this kind are severely lacking at present.

Cuba could have the second biggest amusement park in the world

A big theme park including a rollercoaster with a whopping 15 inversions, a water park, six hotels and a zoo could be a reality for Cuba in the near future, as a non-identified American leisure giant submits plans to the local authorities for the building of such recreational facilities in the resort town of Varadero, already a popular beachside tourist hotspot. This latest project follows the visit of president Barack Obama to the island in March.

British newspaper The Independent revealed that the project presented by the (so far unnamed) U.S. based leisure giant is challenging the famous Dubailand in size, already one of the most ambitious leisure developments in the world, which is predicted to open in the United Arab Emirates by 2020.

The proposed new Cuban park will also feature retail outlets and dozens of restaurants, an ice-maiden themed hotel, parades, shows and nocturnal firework displays. The plan includes a sprawling water park surrounded by Cuban-themed restaurants.

It has also been revealed that at the entrance to the park, visitors would find characters and costumed figures from Cuba´s recent history, in correspondence with the proposed name for the theme park: “Revolutionary Road”. The working title for the main area of the park has been used before in the film industry by Sam Mendez, in a film featuring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet.

The project will also make reference to the presence of writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, including areas such as the Hemingway´s Hideaway, where one of the hotels will be built. The location would also allegedly feature a bar specialising in daiquiri, the Nobel Prize´s favourite Cuban cocktail.

An attraction of this size and scale, located just an hour´s drive from Varadero beach, could prove a big attraction to tourists travelling in groups and families with children, given the fact that this kind of recreational facility is very scarce in Cuba at the moment.

In its report on “Revolutionary Road”, The Independent wrote:

“It is expected that - pending planning application decisions - construction on the park will commence in 2018, for completion by 1 April 2021.”

The island´s most famous amusement park is Havana’s Parque Lenin, where a rollercoaster and many other attractions are surrounded by beautiful green areas where people use to have picnics. The park was founded in 1972 by Celia Sanchez, one of the most prominent leaders of the early years of the Cuban Revolution.

Another important park is “Isla del Coco” (coconut island), in Playa, Havana, but due to the lack of maintenance, many amusement rides are no longer working. The oldest amusement park in Havana is Jalisco Park, a small space with a very limited variety of rides for small children only, that was built during the first half of the 20th century.

A larger theme park, The World of Fantasy, in the province of Santiago de Cuba (862km East of Havana), was severely damaged by the hurricane Sandy in 2012. In the Eastern part of the country there is also a safari park where visitors can find zebras, antelopes, and ostriches, but it is not very popular either.


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