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Parque Warner Madrid
Previously known as Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid (2002–2006)
Warner Bros Park Madrid (2002–2006)
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Entrada-parque-warner.jpg
Parque Warner Madrid main entrance
LocationSan Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates40°13′48″N 3°35′37″W / 40.2300°N 3.5937°W / 40.2300; -3.5937Coordinates: 40°13′48″N 3°35′37″W / 40.2300°N 3.5937°W / 40.2300; -3.5937
Opened6 April 2002; 20 years ago (2002-04-06)
OwnerParques Reunidos (95%)
Warner Bros. (5%)
Operated byParques Reunidos
ThemeWarner Brothers entertainment & show business & movie studio & Hollywood & Warner Bros.
Attractions
Total42
Roller coasters6
WebsiteOfficial website

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 as Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid/Warner Bros. Park Madrid on 6 April 2002 and was owned by numerous Spanish investment groups, with Six Flags operating the park as part of the deal. In November 2004, the management arrangement with Six Flags was terminated, with the name change to Parque Warner Madrid occurring at the start of 2006.

The park is currently owned and operated by Parques Reunidos, with a 5% ownership share held by Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences.

History

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Batmobile in Parque Warner Madrid
Batmobile in Parque Warner Madrid
La Venganza del Enigma
La Venganza del Enigma

The park was originally built and operated as Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid, alternatively known as Warner Bros. Park Madrid. The park was built as part of a joint-venture of various shareholders, with the Community of Madrid, holding the highest of 40% and Caja Madrid holding the second highest at 20%. Other minor shareholders were Fadesa (15%), El Corte Inglés (5%), NH Hotels (5%), Six Flags (5%) and construction companies Dragados, ACS, Ferrovial, Necso and FCC (each with 2%). Six Flags also operated the park for the shareholders.[1]

The park held its 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.

In 2002, director Pilar Azcárraga said that visitors' satisfaction level was around 90%, but union sources put it at 50%.[citation needed]

On 3 April 2004, Six Flags sold all of its European parks, including sister park Warner Bros. Movie World Germany, to StarParks, a subsidiary of Palamon Capital Partners. Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid was not included in the sale though, and on November 23, 2004, it was announced that Six Flags' 99-year contract to operate the park was terminated,[2][3] allowing the park's management to operate the park from then-on, and continuing to allow the use to use Warner Bros. properties. Six Flags' stake in the park was transitioned off to Warner Bros. itself.

In 2006, the park was renamed as "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. In November 2006, the Community of Madrid sold their stake in the park to Fadesa, who by then had held 73% shares in the park.[4][5] After the sale, Parques Reunidos were announced by Fadesa to operate the park as part of a ten-year agreement.[6] In February 2007, Fadesa announced an agreement that would allow Parques Reunidos to purchase the park within a two-three year span.[7] Following the bankruptcy of Fadesa, Parques Reunidos fully purchased out all the shareholders of the park to fully own and operate the park, with Warner Bros. retaining its 5% stake.

The 2008 season saw two further developments: a 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. Following the new ownership, the park gave its first yearly profit after operating on a loss over the past few years.[8]

In June 2014, a water park, Parque Warner Beach, was opened.[9] 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.[10] Like parts of the original theme park, Parque Warner Beach is themed around Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and DC Comics characters.[9]

Attractions

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum

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.

List of attractions

Superman: La Atracción de Acero
Superman: La Atracción de Acero
Name Section Type Manufacturer Opened
Thrill rides
Batman: Arkham Asylum DC Super Heroes World inverted roller coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 2002
Superman: La Atracción de Acero DC Super Heroes World floorless roller coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 2002
Lex Luthor Invertatron DC Super Heroes World Top Spin HUSS 2002
Coaster-Express Old West Territory Wooden Coaster RCCA April 2002
La Venganza del Enigma DC Super Heroes World Combo Tower S&S Power 2002
Stunt Fall Movie World Studios Giant Inverted Boomerang Vekoma August 2002
Family rides
Cataratas Salvajes Old West Territory Super Flume Intamin 2002
Río Bravo Old West Territory Shoot the chutes Intamin 2002
The Joker Coches de Choque DC Super Heroes World Bumper cars Bertazzon 2002
Mr.Freeze Fábrica de Hielo DC Super Heroes World Wave Swinger Zierer 2002
Oso Yogui Movie World Studios Water ride Unknown 2002
Hotel Embrujado Movie World Studios Madhouse Vekoma April 2002
Scooby Doo's Tea Party Mistery Cartoon Village Tea Cups Zamperla 2002
Rápidos ACME Cartoon Village River rapids Intamin 2002
Los Carros de la Mina Cartoon Village Break Dance 3 HUSS 2002
Tom & Jerry Picnic en el Parque Cartoon VIllage Large Tivoli Zierer 2002
Correcaminos Bip Bip Cartoon Village Götterblitz Youngstar Coaster Mack Rides May 2009
Children's rides
Academia de Pilotos Baby Looney Tunes Cartoon Village Mini-Jet Zamperla 2002
ACME Juegos de Agua Cartoon Village Water Playground 2002
¡A Toda Máquina! Cartoon Village Rockin' Tug Zamperla 2002
Cartoon Carousel Cartoon Village Carousel Chance Morgan 2002
Cine Tour Movie World Studios Slot Car Ride Martín Atracciones 2002
Convoy de Camiones Cartoon Village Convoy Zamperla 2002
Emergencias Pato Lucas Cartoon Village Fire Patrol Zamperla 2018
Escuela de Conduccion Yabba-Dabba-Doo
He visto un Lindo Gatito Cartoon Village Kite Flyer Zamperla 2009
La Aventura de Scooby-Doo Cartoon Village Interactive Dark Ride Sally Corporation June 2005
La Captura de Gossamer Cartoon Village Helicopters Visa Int. 2002
Looney Tunes Correo Aéreo Cartoon Village Aircraft Zamperla 2002
Marvin el Marciano Cohetes Espaciales Cartoon Village Jump Around Zamperla 2002
Pato Lucas Coches Locos Cartoon Village Mini Bumper Cars Bertazzon 2002
Piolín y Silvestre Paseo en Autobús Cartoon Village Crazy Bus Zamperla 2002
Wile E. Coyote Zona de Explosión Cartoon Village Jumpin’ Star Zamperla 2002

Hollywood Boulevard

Main article: Hollywood Boulevard (theme parks)

There is no attractions in this area, it is an entrance area.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Parque Warner Madrid (San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Elmundo.es - Six Flags deja la gestión del Parque Warner sin compensación económica".
  3. ^ "El parque Warner de Madrid rompe el contrato con Six Flags y asume la gestión". 23 November 2004.
  4. ^ "Fadesa formaliza la venta a Jove del 73,8% del Parque Warner de Madrid". 2 March 2007.
  5. ^ "Madrid vende el Parque Warner a Fadesa por 26 M€ | Economía".
  6. ^ "PARQUES REUNIDOS GESTIONARA EL "WARNER MADRID", TRAS SER ADQUIRIDO POR FADESA - Noticias de Hoteles en Alimarket, información económica sectorial".
  7. ^ "Parques Reunidos pacta con Fadesa la compra de la Warner en dos o tres años". 28 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Juan José de Torres: "No me gustan los parques de atracciones, pero eso es bueno"". 4 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Parque Warner Beach". Park World Magazine: 54–56. August 2014.
  10. ^ "Warner Beach for Madrid". Park World Magazine: 10. October 2013.