Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls have confirmed that the world’s first fully-branded Columbia Pictures movie theme park – Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse – will open in Thailand on 12 October, 2022.
Thailand-based attractions developer Amazon Falls has reimagined what was the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark and created – in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment – the new Columbia Pictures theme and waterpark.
Situated a short drive from Pattaya in the Bang Saray area, Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse promises to be an exciting ‘immersive entertainment destination’ for everyone, with rides and attractions featuring characters from such movies as Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Zombieland, The Emoji Movie, and Hotel Transylvania.
Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse will cater to all ages, with themed and immersive zones offering both water and land-based attractions, as well as live shows, interactive props, restaurants, and specialty merchandise shops. Among the park’s highlights, the Mega Wave Pool will host music events, movie screenings, and shows with giant LED screens and concert-grade Dolby DTS surround sound; the Ghostbusters Proton Stream will take people on an exhilarating water dome journey, and monsters from Hotel Transylvania will welcome people to an enormous water play structure.
While Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse is the next step in Sony Pictures’ larger global strategy to grow and expand location-based entertainment by utilising its film and TV brands, it is also poised to set new standards for immersive entertainment in Thailand’s EEC or Eastern Economic Corridor initiative that aims to revitalise the Eastern Seaboard area that includes Pattaya.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved the proposal by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to extend the period of stay to 45 days for tourists from countries/territories entitled for visa exemption, and to 30 days for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA).