Does anyone know when this theme park will be completed? I read in the paper that it will be this year 2018.
The new completion date is now going to be mid to late 2020
What a sad read. We humans and a desire to holiday and travel are destroying our world slowly.
I do feel for the locals.
I doubt it would be 2019, I was there for xmas and new years 2019 and there still no structures visible, just big machinery working on the land.
My last response on this one, Mexican time and I do not suggest holding your breath!! ;)
That's a good article linked by Ranfer in post #42. Over the past year I have been surprised and disappointed to watch the Vidanta Group slowly but steadily convert the Ameca riverbanks & islands (both east and west of the highway) into something you might see in Florida, the Bahamas, or any golf-oriented tourist destination. I suppose this represents "progress" to some, but to me it looks completely out of context and has undoubtedly damaged the environment.
Meanwhile, up at La Lancha (a popular walk-in surfing spot on the way to Punta Mita) developers have already managed to close one public beach access, and are working hard to close another. The government is in on it too, claiming that a single, low volume footpath to the beach is damaging the environment. How pitiful, compared with the damage that is willingly & knowingly being done & condoned at Vidanta.
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I frequently travel through Jarretaderas and see an old fisherman sitting and repairing his nets most days.
I wonder how much longer he can sustain his family if he can't even access the fishing spots anymore because of Vidanta's sprawl and their cutting off of the village from the river and the Bay.
Seeing crocodiles on the streets of Jarretaderas because they have been squeezed out of their natural habitat due to overdevelopment is another telling indictment.
It's a very sad and unfortunate situation that the government has allowed (and profited from) and the developer has charged ahead with.
I was at Vedanta earlier this week (Jan 2019) and went up to 9th floor of Grand Bliss, overlooking the new park and received an update on construction.
1st of all, I told Vedanta staff they were awful at communication and park goers who are interested in visiting are making up their own messaging about the park. It appears to me as if funding is constrained (I had heard some interesting rumors about original park ownership & funding having come from certain, ah....questionable sources, not rumors I chose to inquire about, but construction is indeed proceeding
1st: the original park architect and Vedanta have (supposedly amicably) parted ways. A new architect has been hired and the park is progressing from what I saw. Both Phase 1, hotels, cirque acrobatics and rides and Phase 2, water park, are under construction. There are 4+ construction canes erecting hotels (typical Puerto Vallarta concrete/block construction) and access roads and various hydrologic and civil construction projects are under way.
2nd: Phase 1 construction is scheduled for completion Nov 2020; not sure of Phase 2 and beyond.
3rd: there will be two levels of park accommodations: a normal hotel style in studio, 1 and 3 bedrooms (with convertible coaches, which, if Sea Garden is any indication are quite comfortable) and an exclusive, ultra expensive, luxury style (I have rights for 10 weeks in 1BR normal style along with guaranteed park admission every day through that week), which I plan to rent on open market, once park opens
4th: there will be a train from the center of the Vedanta property, Santuario (the central cocktail lounge/showroom) as well as a gondola from the Grand Luxe.
5th: attendance each day will be capped at 6,000 people
6th: overall park size is planned for 240 acres (I think the original plan was 26). If you know the Vedanta property, there is more than enough room (and water) to support the planned size. Also, the water park plans include a "lazy river".
These are all plans ass of today...so of course, anything can change.
'5th: attendance each day will be capped at 6,000 people'
What could possibly go environmentally wrong?