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PortAventura Announces €10 Million Expansion of Costa Caribe Aquatic Park

image008Salou, Spain (January 23st, 2012) — PortAventura confirms this season one of its most expected projects: the complete renovation and extension of the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, the second park of the resort, right next to PortAventura.

In 2013, the commercial strategy will rely on the new aquatic park, but mostly on the great successful projects recently added to PortAventura: SésamoAventura’s family area, which has been the most important enlargement in the park’s history, with more than 13.000 m2 of new family attractions, and Shambhala the, the highest European roller coaster. Both projects are the new symbols of the park, and they have turn PortAventura into a European model for family holiday leisure.

The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park project means an enlargement of 14.000 m2 of new facilities, reaching that way the 50.000 m2 total surface of the park. The extension has a €10 million budget and will open in May. The project is framed in the €75 million investment plan approved by Investindustrial in November 2012, with the goal of the expansion andadaptation of the resort to a public more and more international.

The aquatic park is a key part of the strategy, as it is proved by the fact that foreign visitors are more than 50% of the total aquatic park’s visits (most English and Russian). In fact, a study done in Russia in 2012 evidenced that one the most important factors to choose PortAventura for eventual holidays is the fact of having an aquatic park.

Enlargement plan

A 12-floor high toboggan
Among the new attractions, it is particularly highlighted the highest free drop toboggan in Europe, which will mean a challenge for the most adventurous thanks to its 31 meters, which is similar to a 12 floors building. It is the highest European toboggan with these characteristics. The adventurous who dare to ride, should face up a vertiginous 55º pitch and a drop speed of 6 meters per second. Undoubtedly, such an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Multi bump Toboggan
Next to the highest toboggan, a second one will be placed for those who prefer a more moderate but equally fun experience. It will be Multi Bump type, which means that it’ll have a rolling trip and two fast slope’s changes. This toboggan will be 19’64 meters high and the trip is more than 100 meters.

Competition toboggan
Another area of the park will be dedicated to a 6 lanes toboggan, for both children and adults to compete and find out descends fastest. For this drop, visitors need to lie down a kind of acarpet- sledge, and they’ll be projected at full speed. They’ll find a trip full of slope’s changes
and fun water jumps.

Children pool
The children pool will have two depth levels: 50 cm and 30 cm for the little ones. One of the main elements in this area is the pirate ship full of Sesame Street’s characters where children could enjoy themselves by walking through the decks or sliding down the 4 toboggans. Right next to the children pool there’s also the Splash Pad, a small play area with interactive water jets that children could step on or run after.

Tropical adult pool
Connected to the children’s pool, is the adult’s one. Both will be placed at different levels, so a waterfall is created in the children’s. Adult’s pool is thought to be a place to swim, to have fun, but also to relax. That’s why there’ll be water beds and invigorating water effects. As well as children’s, the adult pool will also have a nice waterfall to reinforce the Caribbean theme.

Caribbean theme
Besides the waterfalls, PortAventura’s development team has prepared a very detailed theme with the aim of allow the whole family to live a Caribbean adventure by mixing emotions and relax. The park will also have great green areas with more than 50 plant’s species and palms. The whole theme will take you to the Caribe: the posters, pergolas, hammocks, and of course restaurants.

With this enlargement, the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park will have a total surface of 50.000 m2, 16 attractions and toboggans, 8.500 m2 of water’s sheets, and 5.000 m2 of green and relax areas. Additionally, a new snack bar will be placed, in order to complete the gastronomy offer in the aquatic park.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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