Phuket – Phuket FantaSea is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the grand opening of ‘Carnival Magic’, the world’s first Thai Carnival Theme Park.
Built with a budget of over five billion Baht and spanning over 100 rai next to Phuket FantaSea, the Carnival Magic project is scheduled to open in early 2020.
Mr. Kittikorn Kewkacha, , said: “Carnival Magic is one of the largest nighttime theme parks ever constructed, and the first of its kind in the world.
“Inspired by the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom, Carnival Magic aims to establish itself as the very first Thai Carnival Theme Park, rejoicing in the vibrancy of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage and offering an experience unmatched by any other theme park on earth.
“Our mission was to establish a landmark destination that would encourage more visitors to the island, and in so doing, help create jobs, stimulate the local economy and ultimately boost the local tourism industry. We wanted to offer something positive, entertaining, uplifting, and welcoming that would showcase the beautiful uniqueness of Thai culture with the enhancement of modern technology and special effects,” he added.
Carnival Magic has four main zones.Carnival Fun Fair zone is carnival-themed street fair offering themed shopping arcades, boutique eateries and bars, street dancing and parade performers, fun games, kiddie rides and lots of guest activities. .
Bird of Paradise Restaurant is a fully air-conditioned gala buffet restaurant that can accommodate over 3,000 visitors and is reached by passing through an enchanted Garden of Paradise entranceway. With an interior design suggesting a heavenly hall watched over by two giant peacock sculptures in full plumage, Bird of Paradise will offer over 100 varieties of menu items featuring delicacies from all around the world. Three separate dining halls are also available for private dining events.
Alternatively, the River of Bliss Restaurant offers a more opulent dining experience within a design inspired by the world famous Loi Krathong festival. The 400-seat dining room is lavishly accented with giant krathongs (lotus float) reflecting the best of traditional Thai craftsmanship.
A special feature of this restaurant is that guests will first arrive at a waterfall known as “Happiness Falls” and ascend to the restaurant via a mystical barge called the “Barge of Happiness” which rises approximately seven meters to deliver guests into this uniquely themed restaurant.
River Palace Theatre is a parade stadium presenting the first ever production show of its kind in the world. Offering seating for approximately 2,000 guests and featuring a performance stage 70 meters long and 22 meters wide, the entire building measures over 200 meters in length, making it one of the largest theatres ever constructed in the world.
Featuring giant record-breaking pageant wagons and flying parade floats, the theatre also boasts state-of-the-art lighting, sound and special FX, including one of the largest LED screens ever to be installed in a theater and the largest parade float ever constructed at 70 meters long comparable in length to an Airbus A380.
With production features such as aerial ballet, animatronics and gigantic creatures, and a cast and crew of over 300 on one of the largest stages ever built, the River Palace Parade highlights the very best of Thai culture in an original new presentation.
Kingdom of Light zone is a world of sparkling gardens and breathtaking landscapes beautifully decorated with over 40 million lights. The main highlight of this zone is the “River of Lights” which features luminaries laced with tens of millions of lights, over 50 kilometres in length overall, and best observed by crossing a dazzling lake-spanning bridge offering a panoramic view of the entire illuminated zone.