Work begins on 'Polish Disneyland'
PR dla Zagranicy
Construction on Europe's largest adventure park was officially launched on Saturday near Grodzisk Mazowiecki, south west of the capital.
Adventure World Warsaw: image - press materials
Adventure World Warsaw will cover approximately 230 hectares, and the budget for construction has been estimated at 2.5 billion zloty (about 598.2 million euro).
When work is finished, visitors will find rollercoasters, restaurants, shops, bars and hotels, as well as Poland's biggest aquapark.
The project is being realised by the Las Palm company, headed by Dutch businessman Jan Mulder.
Speaking to Polish Radio, he explained why he had chosen Poland as the site for the park.
“Poland offers great opportunities,” he said.
“This is virgin territory when it comes to business,” he added, alluding to the ongoing transformation of the Polish economy since the collapse of communism in 1989.
“Our research shows that Poles are interested in this kind of entertainment, and that they travel across the world to visit such parks,” he said.
Although the project has often been dubbed “the Polish Disneyland”, the creators are keen to stress that the park will not be just a copy of the American model.
Thematically, the Polish enterprise will explore myths and legends from across the globe, from Slavic to Ancient Egyptian.
Some 3000 people should find employment at the park, and Las Palm hopes to welcome 2.5 million visitors per year.
Mulder has high hopes that the complex should open its doors in 2015. (nh)