Comic character theme park set to open in Antwerp train station next year | attractionsmanagement.com news
GET ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital edition of Attractions Management and the FREE weekly Attractions Management ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise  
NEWS
Comic character theme park set to open in Antwerp train station next year
POSTED 27 Sep 2016 . BY Alice Davis
An artist's impression shows the exterior side of the four-floor, 32-metre-high Comics Station indoor theme park Credit: Comics Station
An indoor theme and experience park based around Belgium’s most famous comic strip characters is being built in the heart of Antwerp train station.

The 6,000sqm (64,583sq ft) Comics Station will feature six cartoons – Lucky Luke, The Kiekeboes, Jommeke, Willy and Wanda (Spike and Suzy), Urbanus and The Smurfs – each with its own dedicated zone and a combined total of 60 attractions and activities. Comics Station, which is scheduled to open in Easter 2017, will also include a reading zone, “creative zone”, movie theatre, restaurant and shop.

The location for the theme park is nestled inside Antwerp Central Station itself, a historic landmark of the city that dates back to the end of the 1800s. The theme park will built on four levels that surround a central atrium rising 32m (105ft) – the lowest level is 18m (59ft) below ground level and the ceiling about 8m (26ft) above. There is an 18-year deal on the site with NMBS (Belgian Rail).

According to the owners, comic publishers WPG, Comics Station will have a dwell time of around four hours, a capacity of 2,000 and expects 200,000 visitors per year. The estimated €9m (US$10.1m, £7.8m) project is being backed by Belgian investment group Vermec.

Belgian-based Alterface is one of the suppliers working on the project.

“Comics Station is quite a small attraction, but it’s really well designed and well thought out, featuring Belgium’s most popular comic strip characters,” said Stéphane Battaille, COO at Alterface. “We’re excited to be working on an interactive dark ride and a shooting gallery for the project.”
MORE NEWS
Science Museum's major exhibition on cancer opens to the public
A major free exhibition on the treatment and understanding of cancer has opened at the Science Museum in London, UK.
Scruffy Dog and Simtec launch Fisher-Price themed trackless ride
Scruffy Dog Creative Group and Simtec Systems have partnered to launch a new immersive trackless dark ride featuring the popular Mattel IP, Fisher-Price.
Dohmen and Bertens join forces to launch Tourist Development and Attraction Consultants
Former Efteling COO, Coen Bertens, and former BRC Imagination Arts exec, Bart Dohmen, have partnered to set up a consultancy for the tourism and visitor attraction sectors.
Puy du Fou to create first US attraction
Puy du Fou is set to enter the US attractions market with its iconic, immersive themed visitor experience, after securing a partnership with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (ECBI).
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Deputy General Manager
Oakwood Theme Park
Salary: £35,000 + excellent benefits
Job location: Narberth, Pembrokeshire , United Kingdom
Operations Manager
RockReef Ltd
Salary: Competitive DOE
Job location: Bournemouth , United Kingdom
Group Environmental and Sustainability Manager
Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Hinkley, Leicestershire , United Kingdom
Water Quality Engineer
Edinburgh Leisure
Salary: £33,513 - £37,236pa
Job location: Edinburgh , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Holovis

Holovis is a privately owned company established in 2004 by CEO Stuart Hetherington. [more...]
RMA Ltd

RMA Ltd is a one-stop global company that can design, build and produce from a greenfield site upw [more...]
Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
Antonio Zamperla Spa

Founded in 1966, the Antonio Zamperla SPA is privately owned by Mr Alberto Zamperla. Located in Vi [more...]
+ More profiles  
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion TV - Opening Event: FICO Eataly World
Last July 7th, Red Raion took part in the opening event of FICO Eataly World, the Italian theme park dedicated to food - the only one worldwide! Find out more...
More videos:
ProSlide's all-in-one waterplay entertainment center – Proslide Tech Inc
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

07 Jun 2022

World Sauna Forum 2022

Lapland Hotels Arena, Tampere, Finland
07-10 Jun 2022

IAAPA Expo Asia 2022

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

Issue 1 Volume 27


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

Issue 4 Volume 26


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2021 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2021 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

06 Apr 2020 issue 153


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022
Jobs    News   Products   Magazine
NEWS
Comic character theme park set to open in Antwerp train station next year
POSTED 27 Sep 2016 . BY Alice Davis
An artist's impression shows the exterior side of the four-floor, 32-metre-high Comics Station indoor theme park Credit: Comics Station
An indoor theme and experience park based around Belgium’s most famous comic strip characters is being built in the heart of Antwerp train station.

The 6,000sqm (64,583sq ft) Comics Station will feature six cartoons – Lucky Luke, The Kiekeboes, Jommeke, Willy and Wanda (Spike and Suzy), Urbanus and The Smurfs – each with its own dedicated zone and a combined total of 60 attractions and activities. Comics Station, which is scheduled to open in Easter 2017, will also include a reading zone, “creative zone”, movie theatre, restaurant and shop.

The location for the theme park is nestled inside Antwerp Central Station itself, a historic landmark of the city that dates back to the end of the 1800s. The theme park will built on four levels that surround a central atrium rising 32m (105ft) – the lowest level is 18m (59ft) below ground level and the ceiling about 8m (26ft) above. There is an 18-year deal on the site with NMBS (Belgian Rail).

According to the owners, comic publishers WPG, Comics Station will have a dwell time of around four hours, a capacity of 2,000 and expects 200,000 visitors per year. The estimated €9m (US$10.1m, £7.8m) project is being backed by Belgian investment group Vermec.

Belgian-based Alterface is one of the suppliers working on the project.

“Comics Station is quite a small attraction, but it’s really well designed and well thought out, featuring Belgium’s most popular comic strip characters,” said Stéphane Battaille, COO at Alterface. “We’re excited to be working on an interactive dark ride and a shooting gallery for the project.”
MORE NEWS
Science Museum's major exhibition on cancer opens to the public
A major free exhibition on the treatment and understanding of cancer has opened at the Science Museum in London, UK.
Scruffy Dog and Simtec launch Fisher-Price themed trackless ride
Scruffy Dog Creative Group and Simtec Systems have partnered to launch a new immersive trackless dark ride featuring the popular Mattel IP, Fisher-Price.
Dohmen and Bertens join forces to launch Tourist Development and Attraction Consultants
Former Efteling COO, Coen Bertens, and former BRC Imagination Arts exec, Bart Dohmen, have partnered to set up a consultancy for the tourism and visitor attraction sectors.
Puy du Fou to create first US attraction
Puy du Fou is set to enter the US attractions market with its iconic, immersive themed visitor experience, after securing a partnership with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (ECBI).
Mather & Co-designed Gretna Green Experience opens to the public
A visitor attraction celebrating the history of the Scottish parish of Gretna Green – and its heritage as a destination for 'runaway marriages – has opened to the public.
Project to save last major bellfoundry which cast bells for St Paul's and Washington National Cathedral
A project to save the UK's last major bellfoundry has moved to the next stage, with the launch of a tender to find contractors for the redevelopment work.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Holovis

Holovis is a privately owned company established in 2004 by CEO Stuart Hetherington. [more...]
RMA Ltd

RMA Ltd is a one-stop global company that can design, build and produce from a greenfield site upw [more...]
Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
Antonio Zamperla Spa

Founded in 1966, the Antonio Zamperla SPA is privately owned by Mr Alberto Zamperla. Located in Vi [more...]
+ More profiles  
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion TV - Opening Event: FICO Eataly World
Last July 7th, Red Raion took part in the opening event of FICO Eataly World, the Italian theme park dedicated to food - the only one worldwide! Find out more...
More videos:
ProSlide's all-in-one waterplay entertainment center – Proslide Tech Inc
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

07 Jun 2022

World Sauna Forum 2022

Lapland Hotels Arena, Tampere, Finland
07-10 Jun 2022

IAAPA Expo Asia 2022

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS