2 parks in 1 locationThe Mattel theme park is being developed under the same umbrella as the water park. The longtime toy manufacturer in 2019 announced plans to create in-person attractions. 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.
- An 11-acre resort-style water park with paddleboards, boogie boards and scuba diving gear.
- Two hotels with a combined 650 rooms.
- Aerophile’s Aerobar, a venue that will serve food and drinks at 130 feet off the ground.
- A 4D theater and a “fly theater,” similar to the “Soarin’ Around the World” attraction at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.
- A massive balloon that will take visitors nearly 400 feet into the air.
Race to open ahead of Super Bowl LVIIThe project is targeted to open in late 2022, in time for out-of-state visitors arriving for Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in 2023.
Phelps said Crystal Lagoons and the Mattel theme park will go hand-in-hand in continuing to transform the area into a constant, year-round destination — not just a spot for sports and concerts at State Farm Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals play, and Gila River Arena, where the Arizona Coyotes play.
City Councilmember Joyce Clark, whose district includes Westgate and the Crystal Lagoons project, called the development “the most significant project in Glendale since the arena opened in 2003 and the stadium opened in 2006.”
The area has continued to fill out since Glendale last hosted the Super Bowl in 2015, including more hotels, restaurants, a casino and a Topgolf venue.
“The people who were here in 2015 … they’re going to be absolutely shocked by what they see,” Phelps said.
Reach reporter Joshua Bowling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-444-8138. Follow him on Twitter @MrJoshuaBowling.
Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.