Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Columbia Pictures Aquaverse sets opening date for new park in Thailand

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls have confirmed the public opening on October 12, 2022, of the world’s first fully-branded Columbia Pictures movie theme park, Columbia Pictures Aquaverse. The theme park is located 20 minutes south of Pattaya in the Bangsaray area, home to 5-star beach resorts, seafood restaurants and tourist attractions.

Extensive, fresh design and theming with new rides and attractions will bring to life characters from movies, including Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Zombieland, The Emoji Movie, Surfs Up and Hotel Transylvania. New attractions will continue to open in the future.

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

With offerings for visitors of all ages, the park features themed and immersive zones with a range of both water and land-based attractions in addition to a program of live shows, immersive entertainment, interactive props, unique sets, themed restaurants, as well as specialty merchandise and retail locations. The Mega Wave Pool will host music events, movie screenings and live shows on the main stage featuring giant LED screens and concert-grade Dolby DTS surround sound.

Monsters from Hotel Transylvania are ready to greet their human guests at the Hotel Transylvania Zone featuring the one of the largest water play structures in Southeast Asia. Ghostbusters Proton Stream offers guests a journey in a water dome attraction. The opening of the Bad Boys Race Club marks the first non-water-based ride, of which there will be many more to come.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Liakat Dhanji and Amazon Falls on launching Sony Pictures’ first theme and waterpark and are inspired by his vision of creating an immersive entertainment destination for Thailand. Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse is the next step in Sony Pictures’ larger global strategy to grow and expand location-based entertainment by utilizing its globally known film and TV brands. We are creating opportunities for all audiences around the world to immerse themselves deeper into our stories through waterparks, touring exhibitions and theme park attractions,” said Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President Global Partnership, Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

InPark Senior Correspondent interviewed Jeffrey Godsick to learn more about the expansion of location-based entertainment opportunities for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Sony Pictures’ breadth of global content, technology and talent leadership will be invaluable in creating a fully immersive experience that will bring curiosity and wonder to a global audience. The launch of Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse represents a first step in what we envision to be a broader collaboration that will pioneer the future of an integrated entertainment destination as part of the EEC’s smart city. Alongside our unique rides and attractions, we look forward to forging new partnerships with top accommodation, technology, retail and F&B partners as we curate an unmatched lifestyle experience that will resonate with all our visitors,” said Liakat Dhanji, CEO and Chairman of Amazon Falls Co. Ltd., owners and operators of Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse.

“We are proud to welcome and commit to give our full support to Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls Company Ltd. in Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse which is poised to set new standards for immersive entertainment in the EEC, Thailand. The project is going to play a key role in reshaping the growth dynamism in the EEC. The theme park will be a key component in our EEC Smart City development plan, and EEC will provide our full support, including 5G services and other infrastructure, digital technology, transit links, and partnership with clean energy and investment promotion package to ensure the success of the project and help create a long-term sustainable development in the EEC,” said Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Special Advisor on Strategic Development, Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

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