Cape Town – The Ratanga Junction Theme Park was an iconic fixture on the Cape Town skyline from 1999 to when it closed in 2018. Now Canal Walk Shopping Centre has announced a multi-million-rand project that will see a revamp of its food court and outside areas and facilitate the inclusion of a new attraction, The Ratanga Family Entertainment Centre.
“Being very much family oriented, Canal Walk Shopping Centre saw the long-term value in investing in this development with Ratanga World Ltd, as this will enhance the overall shopping experience, and speaks to shopping centres in South Africa remaining key destinations for retail and family entertainment activities.
“We will see a number of the amusement exhibits find a new home with us, while at the same time, our food court will undergo a significant upgrade to provide a world-class food experience for all palates. Combined, we hope to be entertaining children of all ages (mums, dads and grandparents too) for many years to come,” said Gavin Wood, CEO at Canal Walk.
While the focus of the activities will be on the under 12s, there will still be plenty of active options for teenagers and for those adults who remain young at heart with an adventurous spirit. The rides will re-energise the Half Moon Bay area (adjacent to the current food court) and the Grand Canal, it will include world class manufactured international rides such as White Water Slides, the famous Peter Petz carousel, Lady Bugz kids Ferris Wheel, Convoys Trucks, Maasai Swings, My Citi Bus ride, the Zip Line, Bubble Boats (kiddie paddle boats), adult paddle boats (on canal), Canal Boat tours, the Temperance Flyer train (locomotive touring from Canal Walk to Central Park), and the Stargazer water tube ride.
Other internal amusements that can be expected are Midi Bumper Cars, state-of-the-art climbing walls and international redemption games. To complement the new look and buzz, the centre will also be catering for a variety of taste buds in the restaurant section.