Spain opens epic new theme park (and tickets sold out within a day)

A new ‘historical’ theme park that just opened outside Toledo in central Spain has sold out tickets for its first run of shows within 24 hours of going on sale.

Spain opens epic new theme park (and tickets sold out within a day)
There are no rollercoasters but epic performances instead. Photo: Pou de Fou España

El Sueño de Toledo opened last weekend as the sister site of the famous French Puy-du-Fou theme park in the Vendée (Pays-de-la-Loire), which has won accolades as “the best in the world”.

Located just outside the walled city of Toledo, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage listed site since 1986, the five-hectare theme park will feature historical re-enactments and performances to tell the story of 1500 years of Spanish history.

The show premiered on August 30th with a performance lasting one hour and ten minutes that involved more than 185 riders and actors on stage, and more than 2,000 characters and using special effects such as fountains, fireworks, light show and drones.

The shows involve 1,200 costumes, as well as 800 projectors, 60 water jets, and 28 Full HD video projectors performed to an audience of up to 4,000 spectators.

The park, an hour south of Madrid, has so far scheduled 15 live performances in the first season that runs until the end of October, but all 60,000 of the tickets released have already sold out and another performance has  been planned. 

El Sueno de Toledo is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays and tickets cost €24.

The group behind the theme park said that by 2028, more than 876 people will be employed at the site as well as the 2,400 new jobs created indirectly with the development and infrastructure of the site.

They hope that it will follow the success of Puy-du-Fou in France, which has become the second most-visited theme park in France after Disneyland Paris and attracts more than 2 million visitors each year.

Nicolas de Villiers, the president of the company behind the parks, said: “It is a common humanity that we cover in our shows, which creates real emotion whatever your culture [or history]. That is the strength of Puy-du-Fou, and this artistic signature that we have created. We are confident and supported by the Spanish, who are really looking forward to this show.”

In  2012, Puy-du-Fou France was voted the world’s best theme park by the American Themed Entertainment Association, beating 700 parks and shows in 40 countries to victory.

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Civil War bomb detonated at Spain’s newest theme park

Police explosives experts have destroyed a Spanish Civil War-era bomb found at the building site of a historical theme park in central Spain, emergency services said Thursday.

Civil War bomb detonated at Spain's newest theme park
El Sueño de Toledo opened on August 30th. Photo:

The bomb was detected Wednesday at the Puy du Fou amusement park under construction near Toledo, the ancient Spanish capital near Madrid, and was safely detonated, regional emergency services said in a tweet.

“No injuries or property damage were suffered,” it added.   

The theme park being set up on a 160-hectare site on the outskirts of Toledo is the first to be built outside of France by Puy du Fou, which already operates one in western France that is known for its ostentatious historical re-enactments featuring actors, stunt performers and epic fireworks.   

Total investment is to reach €242 million ($266 million) over 10 years, and 690 direct jobs are expected to be created in 2021 when the park is scheduled to open.

Last week about 4,000 spectators watched a premiere of the park's show, which traced Spanish history since the 13th century on a five-hectare stage complete with an artificial lake.

The discovery of explosives from Spain's 1936-39 Civil War is not uncommon.   

Last month, police experts destroyed another Civil War-era bomb found in the sea off one of Barcelona's popular beaches, which had to be evacuated.