If you grew up playing with Hot Wheels, Barbie, or Thomas the Tank Engine, we have the Theme Park for you.
Earlier this year, VAI Resort (previously known as Crystal Lagoons Island Resort) announced a partnership with toy company Mattel to create the brand-new Mattel Adventure Park, set to open in Glendale, Arizona in 2024. Mattel is best known for franchises like Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Thomas & Friends, and more. The new Park promises to bring these beloved toys to life in attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences.
The Park will be part of the much larger VAI Resort, which will feature a hotel with over 1,000 rooms, 13 restaurants, a multi-level concert venue, a two-story nightclub, a wedding chapel, a 400-foot tethered hot air balloon, an 11-acre Public Access Lagoon with a 52,000 square foot island, and various other one-of-a-kind entertainment offerings. When construction is finished, it will be the largest Resort in Arizona and have its newest theme Park.
Mattel Adventure Park has already announced a few of its signature attractions and offerings, including;
- The Thomas and Friends Adventure Train Treasure Hunt, a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine passenger train
- Two Hot Wheels roller coasters designed by Chance Rides; a double-looping launch coaster, and a family coaster called “Boneshaker”
- A Hot Wheels go-kart course
- A flying Barbie theater attraction
- The Barbie Beach House, a walkthrough attraction featuring the Dream Closet Experience, as well as a rooftop bar where visitors can enjoy pink drinks
- A mini golf course inspired by Mattel board games like Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots and Pictionary
- An UNO-themed climbing structure
- A life size Castle Greyskull from Master of the Universe featuring He-Man vs. Skeletor laser tag, a state-of-the-art arena
The Park will also feature themed party zones for children’s birthday parties. The destination was originally slated to open later this year, but was pushed back to 2024 for such an ambitious endeavor. You can take a virtual tour of some of Mattel Adventure Park’s offerings below, and subscribe to their mailing list on their website.