THE FAMED IRISH PLAYWRIGHT GEORGE BERNARD SHAW ONCE SAID: “WE DON'T STOP PLAYING BECAUSE WE GROW OLD; WE GROW OLD BECAUSE WE STOP PLAYING.” NOW, AN ENJOYABLE, ENTERTAINING AND SOPHISTICATED JOURNEY BACK TO THE HALCYON DAYS OF CHILDHOOD AWAITS YOU AT ISTANBUL’S NEWLY OPENED VIALAND THEME PARK.
Theme parks in the world’s major metropolises are some of the most enchanting examples of our contemporary concept of fun and games. And Istanbul’s Vialand has recently become one of the most popular such venues, which offer an array of different entertainment themes. Adding a new dimension to entertainment in the city, Vialand also fills an important gap, as evidenced by an influx of tens of thousands of visitors from Russia, the Balkans and the Middle East since its opening only a few months ago. This 21st century wonderland is full of surprises for families with kids, groups of friends, company employees and visitors to Istanbul.
TECHNOLOGY’S FUN SIDE
Vialand is a perfect paradise, and it’s all in the details. First of all, the theme park occupies a sprawling area of approximately 600,000 square meters. The minute you enter, its endless array of attractive and fascinating entertainment zones will draw you in and transport you to other worlds. Knowing that the rides and games created here with advanced technological infrastructure and software programs are managed by on-site experts immediately instills a sense of confidence, and you quickly cross this critical barrier and let the child in you run wild.
CHOOSE YOUR THEME
Vialand has more than fifty different entertainment themes, so you need to get there as early as possible. Because, as we know from experience, when people decide to entertain their kids, their own inner child is often awakened, and suppressing its insistent “Me too, me too!” screams is never easy. The secret of Vialand’s attraction for grownups lies in the unusual entertainment concepts it offers.
If you’re a foreigner who loves Istanbul or simply wants to get to know the city and pick up a few tips, then "Once Upon a Time in Istanbul" is just for you! The minute you step into this street, you will find yourself on a magical journey back to the past, surrounded by the old city’s elegant architecture in the form of historic fountains, shops and houses with jutting, cantilevered balconies.
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
One of the most outstanding features of the theme park is the sheer variety of its entertainment zones. In World of Legends, you will discover a practical alternative to travel in a time machine and relive all the amazing stories of Istanbul from the conquest right up to the old city of the late 19th century. A stroll over to World of Adventure is sufficient to beam you up to the present.
DID SOMEBODY SAY ADRENALINE?
Adults have a right to have fun too! And Vialand’s World of Adventure section is just the place to beat work stress and escape the urban rat race. Get ready to scale the heights, negotiate the tunnels and push your speed limit here. Oh, and plunge down waterfalls too. If you like speed, heights and surprises, then World of Adventure is just for you!
It’s said that kids glean bits of useful information while playing to their heart’s content. Well, Game World was created expressly for this purpose. First of all, you’re in a great place for having fun as a family. Games, tours, exciting toys and educational zones attract children of all ages in Game World. In the Mini Explorers zone especially, kids pick up a world of useful information while making fascinating discoveries. The little ones can experience some exciting moments as firefighters and race car drivers too.
STYLISH AND NATURAL SHOPPING
With its history, natural beauty and vibrant lifestyle, Istanbul already stands out. Now Vialand makes it a leader in the concept of entertainment as well. Besides the theme park itself, which enhances Istanbul’s brand value, you can spend some quality and fun time in the Shopping Center section, which brings together all the prestigious international brands. And the best part about the one or two-story outdoor shopping venues is that you feel you’re in a quality and comfortable shopping environment in a completely natural setting. Strolling around these shopping venues completely devoid of the claustrophobic gloom of the usual enclosed malls is pleasant and relaxing. And at the end of a day filled with entertainment and shopping, a fabulous meal awaits you at Vialand food court’s stylish venues serving palate-pleasing delights.