The entertainment industry in Greece has been marked by a new development activity in recent years, the birth of the modern theme parks. With the ride-based amusement parks of early 20th century America as its antecedents, the amusement theme park industry has witnessed a fairly rapid international expansion in recent years.
And all that for good reasons: they have a family appeal; they usually have high standards of service and maintenance and cleanliness; they contain enough activities to create an average visitor length of stay of typically 5 to 7 hours; and finally, they almost always have a pay-one-price admission policy.
The field includes water-parks, natural environment parks, technological parks with many activities and hi-tech games, where investments in the thrill hardware are combined with a high level of service from the "hosts and hostesses" so that a unique local culture and friendly human contact is balanced to the high technology.
Greece has a number of existing amusement theme parks, such as ALLOU FUN PARK in Athens, MAGIC PARK in Thessaloniki, water parks like AQUALAND and HYDROPOLIS in Corfu, WATERLAND in Thessaloniki and WATER PARK in Rhodes, and there are several large scale theme-park projects under consideration at this time, intended to combine high technology with human scale and quality service.
Besides, a new and unique in its kind in Greece theme park is the Vagonetto - Mining Park of Fokis near Amfissa, an educational park about the history of bauxite mining. The tour lasts about an hour and takes place in a vagonetto.
The majority of the existing theme parks in Greece are tourist-oriented, part of a mix of recreational and leisure activities, including high quality hotels, convention and conference facilities resorts, recreational shopping and diningareas, sports activities including golf, tennis and water-related activities and excursions into nearby local tourism areas.