Visitors flying to Punta Cana this year can look forward to visiting Katmandu Park, the first major theme park in the Caribbean. Located close to the airport and major resorts, the theme park offers world-class rides and entertainment for guests. Set to open later this year, the theme park will significantly help strengthen Punta Cana’s tourism appeal. Although Punta Cana is the top destination in the Dominican Republic, it is best known for its stunning beaches and variety of all-inclusive hotels. With the launching of the new theme park, Punta Cana hopes to attract theme park fans from around the world.
Katmandu Park will be the first world-class theme park in the Caribbean and will offer guests thrilling experiences using cutting-edge technology. Built to welcome up to 4000 guests per day, the park will offer visitors a range of rides, restaurants, as well as spectacular performances. At a cost of $120 million dollars, the park is a major investment for Meliá Hotels International as well as Falcon’s Beyond Global, the two major partners in the project. Covering a space of over 180,000 square feet, the park can be enjoyed around the clock, day and night.
Construction of the massive park began last year and it is expected to open its doors sometime around fall 2022. Situated just 10 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, the theme park’s strategic location close to Punta Cana’s Avenida Alemania and nearby resorts such as the Paradisus Palma Real complex means tourists will enjoy easy access to park grounds.
Focusing on unique and high-quality entertainment options, the park hopes to attract families as well as thrill-seekers. The park’s executives revealed that the price of a full-day ticket will be $120 U.S dollars for adults, and $85 U.S dollars for children. Being Punta Cana’s first theme park will help keep guests entertained and help diversify the area’s tourism industry.
According to Simon Hirst, Falcon’s Beyond Global Director for Parks, Operations, and Expansion, Kathmandu Park “fills up an important void in the market, being the only theme park of this type in the Caribbean. It will cater to visitors and locals who are looking for a world-class entertainment experience. For guests staying at Punta Cana’s hotels, as well as locals, it’ll be a one of a kind experience”. The company already owns several similar parks across the globe and wants to export the model to Punta Cana.
Kathmandu Park is also a delight for hungry visitors, who will find high-quality restaurants across the park offering unique local flavors. They can also satisfy their cravings at the location’s various street food posts, coffee shops, and specialty stores focusing on local and international brands.
The park draws on the latest amusement park technology from Falcon’s X-Lab in Orlando, Florida, which is also home to some of the world’s leading adventure parks. One such experience is the ON!X interactive theatre ride, which immerses visitors in a dynamic and real-time 5D experience. Riders will wear special suits equipped with haptic feedback that allow them to interact with the surrounding elements. Wind, light, smell, and audiovisual stimuli create an intense and fun experience.
For the most adventurous thrill-seekers, Falcon’s Suspender Theater provides guests the chance to fly through real-life as well as fictitious scenery. The experience means guests will experience flying unlike anywhere else. By creating suspense through moving mechanical elements and massive screens, guests are visually transported around the world. The amusement park also has other rides planned which they will reveal later on.
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