While everyone expected the Mexican government to give the official OK to a DreamWorks theme park in the Riviera Maya, they have instead decided to authorize the building of a Mayan-inspired amusement park and resort in the area of Punta Maroma in the Riviera Maya (located north of Playa del Carmen).
The resort will be built in two phases:
- The first phase will consist of a convention center, shopping center, a concert arena, numerous restaurants, a museum, a submarine expedition simulator, a wave pool, a pirate-themed attraction, and a 320-room hotel. This phase is supposed to be completed by Nov. 2018.
- The second phase will consist of the actual theme park with 24 rides and four distinct sections (sacred land of the trees, Mayan city, Discovering the Maya, and land of the Amikoo family/Great Mexican Fair), additional restaurants, and other hotels (the entire theme park will have a total of 1,200 guest rooms). The second phase is supposed to be completed sometime in 2020.
The theme park will be built on 300 acres and cost $840 million USD.