Costa del Sol theme park loved by Brits left abandoned and frozen in time given lifeline with fresh hope it will REOPEN | The Sun

AN ABANDONED theme park loved by Brits could finally reopen after being left to rot for almost three years.

Opened in 1976, the famous Tivoli World adventure resort was once considered one of the best theme parks to visit along Costa Del Sol, Spain.

While it was shut down in 2020, the struggling park briefly reopened after tackling Covid – but could only manage a two-month stint before closing doors once again due to a legal battle.

Due to a bizarre contractual loophole, employees of the Spanish-themed park and site workers kept showing up to work at the closed sight – and they were not allowed to seek employment anywhere else.

Their daily protests led to a legal battle before the site was shut down for good.

But the dark period for Tivoli World could finally be over as new investors plan to buy the struggling sight.

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Deputy Mayor of Benalmadema, Presi Aguilera, revealed a foreign investment fund is available and is "very interested" in working up the site and reopening it.

Aguilera said: “There is a foreign investor who is very interested and the Benalmadena council has contacted the owner, the Tremon real estate group, to hold talks facilitating the takeover.

"None of us want it to be used for anything other than an amusement park.

"This space must be non-residential, but it could have a hotel or be used for commercial activity, but it must be linked to the amusement park's opening.”

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Earlier this year,  the Benalmadena Town Council stated: "The strategy and position of this government team are aligned with that of the unions and company committee, all working together to achieve the reopening of the park.

“We are going to continue to protect Tivoli because we believe that it is vital for tourism and the economy of the Costa del Sol, and there is no other way to do it than to reopen the park.”

Tivoli World was once considered one of the best theme parks to visit along Spain’s Costa Del Sol – especially by the Brits.

But it has been left to rot with zero guests since it was forced to close its doors in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Photos show the previously buzzing theme is now rotting away – with a decaying boat, plants growing over the signs and drained and dirty swimming pools.

Meanwhile, Europe's biggest theme park today has become an eerie abandoned land filled with decaying dinosaurs, scattered debris, and a dozen lifeless rollercoasters.

Officially opened as Wonderland Eurasia in 2019, Ankapark in Turkey has been deserted for more than three years now after the operator struggled to pay wages and electricity bills.

Back in the day, President Tayyip Erdoğan praised the venue as "one of the symbols of pride for Turkey."

It was fair enough for him to say that – the theme park boasted 26 large rides, 2,117 smaller ones housed in 13 huge tents and a large outdoor area.

An impressive fountain that could sprinkle water up to 120m high was built in the outside area, and a parking area was created to accommodate almost some thousand cars.

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The multi-million dollar project was built to attract five million visitors per year.

Instead, all it could attract was a dark fate for itself that was filled with dust, rot, and a bunch of lawsuits.

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