By Allison Watkinson
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls have opened a fully-branded theme park in Thailand called Columbia Pictures Aquaverse.
Located in Bangsaray Bay, Pattaya, the themed water park offers rides and attractions based on licensed Columbia Pictures film franchises such as Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, and more.
Columbia Pictures is a film production organization owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony Pictures Entertainment is a subsidiary of the Sony Group Corporation.
“It is my honor to co-create this fully immersive experience that marks a phenomenal event for Thai tourism under the strategy of Eastern Economic Corridor’s smart city,” said Mr. Liakat Dhanji, CEO and Chairman of Amazon Falls Co. Ltd.
“We hope to create a dreamlike destination that brings people’s favorite characters and movies to life and give audiences the extraordinary journey they are unlikely to find elsewhere. This is just a beginning of a long-term relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring immersive experiences throughout this destination project.”
Amazon Falls Co. is a Thailand-based attractions developer and the owner of Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse.
The Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse features Southeast Asia’s largest water play structure called the Hotel Transylvania zone. This zone has nine slides and over a hundred different water features.
The park also has a ride called the Ghostbusters Proton Stream which is a massive slide that ends in a Stay Puft-themed water dome.
Another highlight of the Aquaverse is the Mega Wave Pool, which will host music events, movie screenings and live shows on the main stage featuring three large LED screens and a Dolby DTS surround sound system.
The new entertainment destination has received extensive upgrades from Amazon Falls in the form of retail and dining facilities, new attractions and expanded facilities in preparation for its debut in October 2022.
“I am both excited and proud of what we have achieved at the park,” said Mr. Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President Global Partnerships and Head of Location Based Entertainment of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“This is a major step in our growing footprint of Location Based Entertainment activations around the world. Today’s opening is just the beginning here in Thailand. The future will bring many new statements in hospitality, retail and experiences based on our beloved IP. This region is special for reasons beyond the theme park, and we are very pleased to be part of the tremendous growth plans of the Eastern Economic Corridor.”
The licensed theme park is strategically located as part of the EEC’s plans to develop the area into a global destination, including a new airport and the expansion of highway and train systems.
“After working with Amazon Falls for four years, I’m so proud to see the opening of the Columbia Pictures Aquaverse which is poised to set new standards for immersive entertainment in the EEC, Thailand,” said Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Special Advisor on Strategic Development, Eastern Economic Corridor.
“The theme park will be a key component in our EEC Smart City’s development plan. EEC will provide our full support, including 5G services and other infrastructure, digital technology, transit links, and partnership with clean energy and investment promotion package to ensure the success of the project and help create a long-term sustainable development in the EEC.”
By Allison Watkinson