I’m opening this topic to share with you a complete and detailed trip report about Beto Carrero World theme park.
To make a complete trip report of the park will split the post into 3 parts.
The first and second part is related to the park, and the third part is about events, new projects and other fun facts about this park.
MOD EDIT: I moved all three parts into one thread to make it a bit easier to read.
(Just a side note: most of the pictures was taken by me, some are official photos from the park and from other friends who are CBMR - Brazilian Coaster Club - members)
Beto Carrero is a very famous Brazilian character created by João Batista Sérgio Murad, a cowboy who has traveled the world performing several shows, including Las Vegas. After a visit to Walt Disney World, he dreamed of building a huge theme park in Brazil, and after a few years (on December 28, 1991) Beto Carrero World opened its doors.
On February 1, 2008 the entrepreneur J. B. Sergio Murad passed away at the age of 70 years and left as his heirs his son Alex Murad, current CEO of the park, and his daughter Juliana Murad, head of the marketing department in the city of São Paulo.
Located in the state of Santa Catarina, Beto Carrero World is the largest theme park in Latin America, with an area of 14000000 m2 and approximately 1600000 m2 of built area. It offers more than 100 attractions for all ages. It’s considered a multi-theme park since it has a zoo and several shows besides the park.
Currently the park is divided into eight theme areas:
- Castle and Nations Avenue (Park Entrance) - The Castle covers an area of 10000 m2 and has gift shops, banks, restrooms, ticket offices, event space, VIP area for the press and coffee shop. There is also a train station inside the Castle that - in the future - will take visitors to a new area called "Wild Adventure" (I will explain this later in part 3 of the TR)
Recently the park received a new outsourced attraction called "Super Cars". Visitors can choose between some luxury cars such as a Ferrari F-430, a Mustang or a Porsche to drive on the roads near the park, through routes ranging from 1.7 to 3.4 miles away. Prices range from $ 30 to $ 480 dollars.
Outside the Castle, another outsourced attraction is the Panoramic Flight. A helicopter that takes visitors to a flight over the park and nearby beaches. The duration of the flight ranges from 5 to 12 minutes, and prices are from $ 50 to $ 65 dollars.
Curiosity: There are 17 empty luxury suites inside the Castle, only two of them are ready and they are in the luxury category - six stars, with gold plated door handles and taps, only to honorable guests.
Entering the Castle, there is an enormous square, about 100m in diameter, where you can find great shows and events with capacity for more than 4000 people.
Across the square, there is a commemorative stamp that they change on every park’s anniversary. This year – on December 28 – the park will complete 20 years.
There is a large food court on Nations Avenue with capacity for 2500 people, with more than 20 options of restaurants and snack bars. A beautiful double-decker Venetian Carousel is located in the center of this square.
There are several places where you can eat, as well as some ice cream parlors all over the park (the park itself makes the ice cream sold there).
The main attractions of this area are:
Raskapuska - A dark ride similar to Disney’s "It's a Small World" (Curiosity: the jingle of the attraction was based on the song "Que Sera Sera" from Doris Day)
Link to view this attraction in YouTube...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0LFrMCp3YM&feature=related
Mademotion – A classic Intamin simulator (There are rumors saying that this attraction will be reformed and become 4D)
Swiss Cable Car - Crosses a part of the park and goes to the Animal World theme area
Acqua - A theater with capacity for 1000 people. In this show inspired by marine life, you can watch a circus performance with a beautiful “dancing water” show at the end.
TripLik Land (Kids’ Play Area) - This area is sponsored by a major Brazilian clothing brand and has attractions based on the park’s children characters (Betinho Carrero's Gang) and on the clothes brand (Lilica Ripilica / Tigor T. Tigre). The theme of this area was clearly inspired by IOA’s SeussLand.
German Village - Inspired by German culture and theme, this was the first theme area of the park, and it was built to pay homage to the immigrants of Santa Catarina. The administration offices of the park are located in this area. On special dates, you can find German music and dances presented during the day. The two main attractions of this area is a custom Vekoma family coaster (Tigor Mountain) and Excalibur (a medieval show with lunch included, similar to Medieval Times).
Animal World - This area was recently remodeled and has one of the largest zoos in Brazil, with more than 700 animals of various species. Unfortunately when I went to the park, several animals had not been placed in their cages yet, because of the reform.
The cages are very close to the visitors, some are made of glass so there is much interaction between visitors and animals. As an example, we can see this jeep with stairs: there is food in the back for the giraffes, a great way to take visitors closer to nature.
There are many animals walking free in the area and living in harmony with the visitors. Another attraction that promotes this interaction is "Moms and Babies," a kind of “pet nursery” with small domesticated animals that visitors can pet and feed.
Since it’s a zoo, this area doesn’t have large rides. There are two more calm attractions that offer a lot of fun for the families. The famous Monga show (the gorilla-woman), and also the Dum Dum coaster (a wacky worm).
Wild West – It’s the main area of the park with several attractions that recall the country life style. It has an Indian Village, Fort Alamo and even some stores selling souvenirs made by the local craftsmen.
End of first part ....