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Theme Park with 'Jumanji,' 'Ghostbusters' Rides to Open in October

Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse also has rides based on "Zombieland" and "Hotel Transylvania."

Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse

Theme park rides based on popular film franchises have become the norm. Most big new rides seem to have a connection to Marvel or DC or Harry Potter or even Jumanji.

The Columbia Pictures Aquaverse has announced that it will open on October 11 this year with loads of rides based on popular films. The park in Thailand-located 20 minutes south of Pattaya-promises rides based on Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Zombieland, The Emoji Movie, Surfs Up, and Hotel Transylvania, with even more planned for the future. (There’s a¬†Jumanji-themed park opening in the UK next year as well.)

Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse

It is the first theme park in the world with rides themed on Columbia Pictures movies. The park is largely home to water rides–you know,¬†Aquaverse–but also has traditional attractions,¬†“live shows, immersive entertainment, interactive props, unique sets, themed restaurants,” and more. That includes a Mega Wave Pool that will host concerts, movie screenings, and other live shows.

Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse

Among the attractions are the largest water play structure in Southeast Asia, themed on the monsters from Hotel Transylvania. There is also the Ghostbusters Proton Stream, which is the world’s first water dome attraction. The Bad Boys Race Club is a go-kart ride and the park’s first non-water-based ride, with many more on the way, the park has announced.

It isn’t offering free admission if you dress like the fake zombie Bill Murray from¬†Zombieland on opening weekend, but how many places would so willing welcome you in that costume?

Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures' Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse
Courtesy Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin on Twitter.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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