Mayan Theme Park Plan For Cozumel- By: Sean O'Neal
California-based leisure company, Elated Worldwide, announced a plan for a theme park in Cozumel by the Riviera Maya at the end of last month.
Called "Mayan Adventures", the concept is for a Mayan themed attraction on 60 acres (242,811 sqm) of land, with the first phase opening by summer 2010.
Elated Worldwide was created last year to raise money, construct and manage the project.
The company's directors all come from a military background and are seeking investors to make their dream park idea come true.
Bill Fullwood, Elated Worldwide's Executive Director of Operations, said they have the support of the Cozumel government but are still to confirm the exact location where it will be built.
The project got off to a bumpy start when it was originally announced at the beginning of January.
It was met with skepticism by some on the island due to errors in the press release and a lack of information about the promoters' experience.
He said that in addition to banks and business loans, they need to raise $75 million and have raised approximately $25 million so far.
If successful, Fullward said the park could employ 300 locals and that they would seek to minimize its environmental impact.
The first phase of the project is a water park with nine attractions ranging from a children's pirates play structure and a relaxing man-made beach area, to a thrilling white water rapids inner-tube ride for the true adrenaline fans.
The second phase, expected to open in 2012, includes a thrill ride, three high speed coaster rides, an indoor and an outdoor stage show as well as enriching educational presentations on the Mayan culture.
DKY Architects will break ground for the project in 2009. DKY Architects and Elated Worldwide will also work together to integrate their expertise to create new concepts across in the area, such as, branded restaurants, hotels and retail outlets that will holistically offer unique travel and vacation opportunities for tourists, families and visitors worldwide.
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