World's first Cartoon Network water park to open in Thailand
Brace yourselves for some begging, moms and dads. The world's first Cartoon Network-themed water park is now being built in Thailand.
Turner Broadcasting System Inc, parent company of CNN International and CNNGo, released details of Cartoon Network Amazone, set to open in 2013 in Bang Saray on Thailand's east coast.
Planners say the water park -- which is costing 1 billion baht (US$32 million) -- will be modeled after the Amazon rainforest, with popular Cartoon Network characters like the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 and Johnny Bravo incorporated into the design.
Attractions will include a massive wave pool, a winding adventure river, speed-racing slides, family raft rides and one of the world's largest interactive water play fortresses for kids.
"Imagine all of Cartoon Network’s dynamic, quirky and hilarious original characters grabbing their surfboards and taking over the world’s coolest water park," touts Sunny Saha, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.
"There will be something amazing for everyone –- from thrill-seekers who love a huge vertical drop to younger kids who are happy splash about in a giant wave pool."
The project is being developed in conjunction with Amazon Falls, an attractions and resorts developer in Thailand.
Phase one is reportedly already underway and when completed will cover 5.6 hectares of coastal plains in Bang Saray, which is 16 kilometers from the popular beach resort Pattaya and about 90 minutes' drive from the Thai capital, Bangkok.
Turner Broadcasting hopes Cartoon Network Amazone will attract up to 800,000 visitors a year when fully operational.
The Cartoon Network Inc is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., which is also the parent company of CNN and CNNGo.