Crystal Lagoons water park breaks ground in Glendale, announces Mattel theme park with Hot Wheels roller coaster

From ‘A Mattel-branded theme park with Hot Wheels and Thomas the Tank Engine attractions is planned alongside Crystal Lagoons Island Resort, a massive water park flanked by hotels, restaurants and entertainment, in Glendale’s sports and entertainment district.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday kicked off the project just south of State Farm Stadium, near 95th Avenue and Loop 101, that is expected to open before Arizona hosts its next Super Bowl in 2023.

The water park was announced last year, with the addition of the theme park unveiled Thursday. A Hot Wheels-themed roller coaster, go-karts and a Thomas and Friends-themed indoor theme park with a “life-sized” Thomas the Tank Engine electric passenger train were listed among the attractions.

“It’s just going to be phenomenal,” City Manager Kevin Phelps said. “There are going to be theaters, there’s going to be racetracks, there’s going to be rollercoasters.”

2 Parks in 1. The Mattel theme park is being developed under the same umbrella as the water park.

The company behind Crystal Lagoons water park, which goes by the same name, unveiled its Glendale project in September. The company has other water parks around the world, including Dubai, Egypt, Japan and Chile.

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J.D. Manning
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