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Disney denies Mysteria’s announcement about opening a theme park in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWalt Disney Parks and Resorts denies last week’s published information that the corporation plans to open a next generation theme park in Riga, Latvia, which was previously announced by Mysteria.

«We in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts continuously search for opportunities to expand our business. We carry out talks with many different organizations and companies. Although Latvia is an attractive market, we have no plans in relation to this region at this time,» – as BNN was told by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

One day before April Fool’s Day – 1 April – Mysteria published a press-release, detailing Disney’s alleged plans to build a quest room and real-time interactive games park in Latvia. This supposed complex would span 1,200 ha and would be the only such entertainment park in EU countries and the third largest in the world. It was also mentioned in the press-release that upwards of 800,000 people would travel from Europe and Russia to visit this park in Latvia every year.

BNN had contacted Mysteria. Its representative, however, could not confirm if the aforementioned information was true. The representative asked to forward all questions electronically and promised to respond within the next couple of days. Considering this, it is possible that the press-release was an early April Fool’s Joke.

Disney is a world popular gigantic corporation that specializes in leisure and entertainment industry. In 2014, Disney entered the rapidly growing quest games market. So far, Disney has created two new theme parks. Visitors in those parks are offered interactive games based on logic, observation, item searching or team based objective solving puzzles.

According to previous information, Disney Questland would have been established on the territory of the former porcelain plant in Riga. Previously, it was planned to build Akropolis shopping centre there. The Disney Questland would include more than 50 quest rooms. The base of this theme park would consist of existing quest rooms in Latvia. On 1 April, Disney will sign a contract regarding the acquisition of Latvian Mysteria. As mentioned in the blog of one the founders of Mysteria, Yuri Boichuk, talks regarding acquisition by Disney were being held throughout 2015.

«We are unable to give comments about Mysteria development plans, but we can state with certainty, that this park would not be constructed in the territory of the former Kuznecov’s porcelain factory, because in this area multifunctional shopping center Akropole will be located.»

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