By Andrea Romano
March 21, 2019
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Thrill-seekers around the world have a new destination to add to their bucket list.

According to The Metro, Wonderland Eurasia has officially opened in Ankara, Turkey — and it has plenty of impressive attractions for visitors to enjoy.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was there to open the park on Wednesday, Reuters reported, boasting that the new, 1.3-million-square-meter (about 14-million-square-foot) park “isn’t just a symbol of pride for Ankara, but all of Turkey.” And considering all the attractions guests can enjoy at the park, it’s clear to see why.

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The park consists of 26 major rides, including 14 roller coasters, and a whopping 2,117 smaller attractions, according to Reuters. There are also several stages for concerts, a "Digital Dark Ride," a 75-meter (246-foot) tower ride, and a 20,000-square-meter (over 21,000-square-foot) “dinosaur jungle” area that has a 70-meter (about 229-foot) animatronic T-rex.

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On top of all the attractions and rides, the park is also home to the world’s second largest fountain, reaching up to 120 meters (about 394 feet) in height.

But not everyone is thrilled about the new park. According to Reuters, the park took 1.4 billion lira ($256 million) and over five years to complete. The park project began nearly six years ago and was only completed last year. Along with the exorbitant time and money spent on the park, there are still safety concerns surrounding its opening, according to Reuters.

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The Ankara office of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) told Reuters that they saw evidence of rust on roller-coasters and foundation issues of some attractions in photos.

Still, President Erdogan insisted that the new park will bring in 50 million lira a year in revenue, according to Reuters, and the park's general manager, Cem Uzan, believes that it will attract 5 million visitors in its first year. 

Bigger theme parks have consistently been a big draw over the years. The world’s largest indoor theme park can be found in Dubai, while the world’s largest underwater theme park is located in Bahrain.

Issues with safety aside, the new park has already generated a lot of buzz from thrill-seekers hoping to take a spin on the new park’s attractions.

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