Parques Reunidos

Parques Reunidos (meaning "Reunited Parks") is an international entertainment operator based in Madrid, Spain. The group operates over 60 parks in about dozen countries. Parques Reunidos operates theme and amusement parks, zoos, water parks, family entertainment centers, and cable cars. These facilities are located in Spain, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and the United States. Through acquisitions of established names such as Kennywood Entertainment Company, Dutch Wonderland and Palace Entertainment, Parques Reunidos greatly expanded its presence in American amusement operations beginning in 2007 through today. Annual visitors to the group's attractions exceed 22 million, with revenue exceeding $570 million (USD). In 2008 it had the fifth-highest attendance figures for worldwide chains with 24.9 million, ahead of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Cedar Fair.[1]

Parques Reunidos
TypePrivate
IndustryAmusement parks
Founded1967 (1967)
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
José Díaz (CEO)
OwnersEQT Partners (51.0%)
Elliott Management (12.8%)
DivisionsPalace Entertainment
Websitewww.parquesreunidos.com/en/

Amusement parksEdit

 
The entrance of Mirabilandia, Ravenna, Italy

Parques Runidos currently operates 17 amusement park properties across three continent's and nine countries.

Name Location Year Opened Year Acquired Notes
Asia
Motiongate Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2016
Europe
Bobbejaanland Lichtaart, Belgium 1961 2004
Belantis Leipzig, Germany 2003 2018
BonBon-Land Næstved, Denmark 1992 2007
Mirabilandia Ravenna, Italy 1992 2006
Movie Park Germany Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany 1967 2010
Parque de Atracciones de Madrid Madrid, Spain 1969
Parque Warner Madrid Madrid, Spain 2002
Attractiepark Slagharen Hardenberg, Netherlands 1963
Tusenfryd Vinterbro, Norway 1988
North America
Adventureland Altoona, Iowa 1974 2021 Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Castle Park Riverside, California 1976
Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1963 2010
Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 1887 2007
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 1899 2007
Lake Compounce Bristol, Connecticut 1846 2007
Story Land Glen, New Hampshire 1954 2007

Zoos, aquariums and nature parksEdit

Parques Runidos currently operates 15 zoos, aquariums and nature parks across two continent's and six countries.

Name Location Year Opened Year Acquired Notes
Europe
Atlantis Aquarium Madrid, Spain
Blackpool Zoo Lancashire, England 1972
Delfinario Costa Daurada Costa Daurada, Spain
Faunia Madrid, Spain
Lakes Aquarium Lakeside, England 1997
Marineland Antibes, France 1970 2006
Oceanarium Bournemouth, England
Kid's Island Antibes, France Part of Marineland
Selwo Aventura Estepona, Spain 1999
Selwo Marina Benalmádena, Spain 2002
Weltvogelpark Walsrode Walsrode, Germany 1962 2019[2]
Zoo Aquarium Madrid, Spain 1770
North America
Living Shores Aquarium Glen, New Hampshire 2019 Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Sea Life Park Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii 1964 2008

Water parksEdit

Parques Runidos currently operates 21 separately-gated water parks across three continent's and eight countries.

Name Location Year Opened Year Acquired Notes
Europe
Aqua Mexicana Hardenberg, Netherlands Part of Attractiepark Slagharen
Aquopolis Cartaya Cartaya, Spain
Aquopolis Costa Daurada Costa Daurada, Spain
Aquopolis Cullera Cullera, Spain
Aquopolis Torrevieja Torrevieja, Spain
Aquopolis Villanueva de la Cañada Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Aqualud Le Touquet, France
Aquasplash Marineland Antibes, France Part of Marineland
Bø Sommarland Bø i Telemark, Norway 1985 2006
Mirabeach Ravenna, Italy 2003 2006 Part of Mirabilandia
Tropical Islands Krausnick, Germany 2004 2018
Warner Beach Madrid, Spain 2014 Part of Parque Warner Madrid
North America
Noah's Ark Water Park Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 1979 2012[3] Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Raging Waters Los Angeles San Dimas, Los Angeles County, California 1983
Raging Waters Sacramento Cal Expo, Sacramento, California 1986 2006
Raging Waters San Jose East San Jose, San Jose, California 1985
Sandcastle Waterpark West Homestead, Pennsylvania 1989 2007
Splish Splash Riverhead, New York 1989 1999[4]
Water Country Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1984 2000
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe Greensboro, North Carolina 1984 2002[5]
Australia
Raging Waters Sydney Sydney, Australia 2013 2018[6] Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment

Family Entertainment CentersEdit

Parques Runidos currently operates six family entertainment enters in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Name Location Year Opened Year Acquired Notes
Europe
Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside Lakeside, England 2020
Nickelodeon Adventure Murcia Murcia, Spain 2017
North America
Boomers! Palm Springs Palm Springs, California 1998 Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Boomers! Vista Vista, California 1998
Malibu Grand Prix Norcross, Georgia 2002
Mountasia Marietta, Georgia 2002

Lodging and other venturesEdit

Name Location Year Opened Year Acquired Notes
North America
Adventureland Inn Altoona, Iowa 2021 Part of Subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Adventureland Campground Altoona, Iowa 2021
Cartoon Network Hotel[7] Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2020[8]
Flamingo Motel & Suites[9] Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 2012
Lake Compounce Campground[10] Bristol, Connecticut 2014[11]
Old Mill Stream Campground Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2001[12] 2010
Attractiepark Slagharen Hardenberg, Netherlands Attractiepark Slagharen offers a large on-site camping area including cabins
Tropical Islands Krausnick, Germany 2018 Tropical Islands offers an on-site hotel, campground and holiday homes

Cable carsEdit

The company operates one cable car in Spain.

Former propertiesEdit

Park Location Property Type Year Opened Year Sold/Closed Notes
Asia
Bollywood Parks Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates Amusement Park 2016 Status Unknown Owned by Dubai Parks and Resorts; Last appeared on the official Parques Reunidos website in 2018
Dragon Park Hạ Long, Vietnam Amusement Park 2017 Status Unknown Owned by Sun Group; Last appeared on the official Parques Reunidos website in 2018
Typhoon Water Park Hạ Long, Vietnam Water Park 2017 Status Unknown Owned by Sun Group; Last appeared on the official Parques Reunidos website in 2018
Europe
Aquopolis Seville Seville, Spain Water Park 2021 Rebranded back to Guadalpark; Now operated by Wibit[13]
Aquaopolis San Fernando de Henares Madrid, Spain Water Park 2018 Did not reopen for 2019, Planned to become green space[14]
El Balcón de Rosales Madrid, Spain Night Club 2008 Closed after an 18 year old was beaten to death.[15]
L'Oceanogràfic Valencia, Spain Aquarium 2003 2015[16] Now operated by Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Nickelodeon Adventure Madrid Madrid, Spain Family Entertainment Center 2018[17] 2019 Closed September 8, 2019[18]
Teleferico de Madrid Madrid, Spain Cable Car 2017 Operations were taken back over by the city of Madrid[19]
Valwo Matapozuelos, Spain Zoo 1982 2007 Closed in 2007
South America
Aquarium de Mar del Plata Mar del Plata, Argentina Aquarium 2018 Sold to Dolphin Discovery[20]
North America
Big Kahuna's Destin, Florida Water Park, Family Entertainment Center 1986 2014 Part of subsidiary Palace Entertainment
Boomers! Parks Various Family Entertainment Center 2014
Anaheim, California 2004
Bakersfield, California 2004
Dania, Florida 2015
Escondido, California 2004
Medford, New York 1999 2019
Jazzland New Orleans, Louisiana Amusement Park 2000 2002
Malibu Grand Prix Redwood City, California Family Entertainment Center 1979 2013
San Antonio, Texas 1978 2014
Miami Seaquarium Miami, Florida Marine Animal Park 1955 2014
Mountain Creek Water Park Vernon Township, New Jersey Water Park 1978 2011
Mountasia Houston, Texas Family Entertainment Center 2014
Kingwood, Texas 2007
Silver Springs Silver Springs, Florida Attraction 1878 2013
SpeedZone Dallas, Texas Family Entertainment Center 1997 2014
Los Angeles, California
Waterworld California Concord, California Water Park 2011 2017
Wet N' Wild Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada 2002 2004
Wild Waters Water Park Silver Springs, Florida 1978 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Info" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "BELGRANO & CO has advised the shareholders of Vogelpark Walsrode GmbH on the sale to Parques Reunidos S.A." (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ badams@madison.com | 608-252-6148 | @madnewsboy, BARRY ADAMS | Wisconsin State Journal |. "Noah's Ark sold to California company". madison.com. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  4. ^ Strugatch, Warren (2001-05-20). "Places for Swinging, Splashing, Thrashing (Published 2001)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  5. ^ "Emerald Pointe sold to nation's largest water park operator". wfmynews2.com. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  6. ^ "Parques Reunidos completes Wet'n'Wild Sydney acquisition - Australasian Leisure Management". www.ausleisure.com.au. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  7. ^ "Cartoon Network Will Open Its First Hotel Next Summer in Pennsylvania". Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  8. ^ Writer, KEVIN STAIRIKER | Staff. "Cartoon Network Hotel opened today; here's what to know before you go". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  9. ^ "Flamingo Motel & Suites". Flamingo Motel & Suites. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  10. ^ "Lake Compounce - Camping". Lake Compounce. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  11. ^ "Lake Compounce - LAKE COMPOUNCE TO OPEN 'BEAR CREEK CAMPGROUND' IN 2014". Lake Compounce. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  12. ^ Writer, TOM MURSE Staff. "Dutch Wonderland changes hands". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  13. ^ "¡Adiós Aquópolis, hola Guadalpark!".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "San Fernando de Henares says goodbye to Aquópolis forever".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ https://elpais.com/diario/2008/11/18/madrid/1227011055_850215.html. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "L'OCEANOGRÀFIC".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "PARQUES REUNIDOS OPENS "NICKELODEON ADVENTURE" MADRID AT INTU XANADÚ".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Nickelodeon Adventure Madrid to Close on Sunday 8th September 2019".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "The Madrid City Council will recover the management of the cable car".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Grupo Dolphin compra Aquarium de Mar del Plata".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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