The Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Snow White and Hänsel and Gretel are some of the protagonists of Tibidabo's attraction this Saturday: The Castle of Stories. It is a large, three-story structure, where ghosts, ogres and wizards live, who are guardians of the secrets of traditional tales. The new attraction looks, as explained by the Barcelona City Council today, to claim stories as an emotional and intellectual heritage of both adults and children.
Whoever enters the Castle will be received by one of the ghosts, who explains the route to follow. Visitors will pass, for example, to the Tower of the Sleeping Beauty, the infinite library of stories, the magical garden courtyard, the enchanted forest or the treasure chambers. The route ends at the medal hall, where ghosts, ogres and wizards help to overcome the tests so that the youngsters become guardians of stories. The route incorporates technologies and new audiovisual languages.
The new attraction is, in fact, a reconversion of the mysterious castle that already operated in the park since 1955. The Castle of Stories was already the protagonist of the press conference of the new Tibidabo season, which was held at March and, then, it was announced that the proposal would be in operation in the summer. Its start-up, however, has ended up delaying more than expected.
A sweet moment for the park
Tibidabo has left behind the bad figures of visitors to the deadly accident of the Pendulum in the summer of 2010. From that moment the alarm and the economic crisis were fatally associated to sinking the park's results. The same 2010 closed the year with a loss of 2.2 million euros and a global visitor of 402.009, far from the 600,000 that the installation needs to guarantee its profitability. 2016 and 2017, on the other hand, were years of absolute record of visitors. Last year, the park received 732,574 visitors – an average of 4,666 newspapers – and also obtained the best rating note from customers: 8.1. The government of Ada Colau has abandoned the idea of privatizing the amusement park that had been addressed during the mandate of Xavier Trias.