It’s not surprising that Paramount is planning to build a theme park inspired by their catalog of movies. After all, it’s working out fairly well for Universal and Disney. However, what’s really cool about the upcoming Paramount Park Murcia is that it will have a large ‘Star Trek‘ presence, finally giving Trekkies a new place to call Geek Mecca.
Like any major theme park, Spain’s Paramount Park Murcia will be divided into various themed “lands,” with rides from certain genres populating those lands. For example, “The Enchanted Forest” will feature fantasy attractions based on the likes of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Stardust.’ “Adventure City” will highlight action classics like ‘Mission: Imposible’ and, uh, ‘Grease.’ A ‘Rango’ land will feature … ‘Rango’ stuff? Most importantly, there’s the Plaza Futura section, which will mostly be all about ‘Star Trek,’ giving guests a chance to boldly go where no man has gone before, hopefully while chowing down on funnel cakes and shooting dirty glares at line-cutters.
According to Uproxx, Plaza Futura will feature a Starfleet recruitment center, a 3D simulator ride that simulates piloting a shuttle and a roller coaster called the Warp Speed Coaster, which will be very tall, very fast and flip riders upside down and through an underground “wormhole.” So yeah, it sounds pretty cool.
Although no one will say it out loud, an immersive theme park land built around a single beloved franchise with a rabid following feels like Paramount’s direct response to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and to a lesser extent, Disney’s upcoming ‘Avatar’ land). There’s big money in allowing the citizens of our increasingly nerdy world a chance to live out their otherwise impossible dreams. And, while we see that fact and acknowledge it, we’re not going to pretend that we’re not excited. They killed the ‘Star Trek’ Experience in Las Vegas. Let us have this one.
Start saving your pennies now! Paramount Park Murcia is expected to open in late 2015.