Glendale gets Mattel theme park with Hot Wheels, Thomas attractions

PHOENIX — The nation’s first Mattel theme park, featuring Hot Wheels and Thomas the Tank Engine attractions, is coming to Glendale.

Mattel Adventure Park will be part of the ambitious Crystal Lagoons Island Resort near State Farm Stadium and the Westgate Entertainment District.

Officials announced the toy-making giant’s involvement at a groundbreaking ceremony for the station on Thursday morning.

The adventure park will feature a Hot Wheels roller coaster, go-kart experiences, an indoor Thomas section and a life-size passenger train based on the popular children’s character.

“A passion for innovation and excellence guided the design of our site,” said Mark Cornell, president of attractions and entertainment at the resort, in a press release.

“Mattel shares our vision and sets the platinum standard for concept gaming. We are thrilled to create the nation’s first Mattel Adventure Park in Glendale.

Developer ECL Glendale, LLC aims to open a resort in 2022, before State Farm Stadium hosts Super Bowl LVII in February 2023.

Plans for the resort call for a 48-acre development on the southwest corner of 95th Avenue and Cardinal Way, just south of the stadium, anchored by an 11-acre water park.

The lagoon will have white sand beaches and will be up to 10 feet deep.

The project also includes 630 hotel rooms, restaurants, retail and office space, and a 130-foot-tall “aerobar.”

According to documents dating from when Glendale City Council approved the initial resort plans, the development will create approximately 1,800 jobs and nearly $10 million in tax revenue annually for Glendale for 25 years.

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