PortAventura plans €10 million expansion for Costa Caribe water parkBy Nick Sim, Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:58
Spain's PortAventura resort has confirmed that it will spend €10 million on a major expansion of its Costa Caribe water park, with several new attractions set to debut in May 2013.
The total size of Costa Caribe will increase by 14,000 square metres, to 50,000 square metres. The expansion will include a 12-storey freefall water slide, several smaller slides, a new Sesame Street-themed children's pool and a tropically-themed adult pool complete with a waterfall.
The headline addition to Costa Caribe will be the Toboggan slide, which will boast a 55 degree drop and will stand at some 31 metres tall. A second, shorter slide will be on offer for guests who prefer a less intense experience, but will stand at 20 metres tall. Families will be catered for by a 6-lane mat-racer slide.
The Sesame Street themed pool will be based around a recreation of a pirate ship, and will boast numerous interactive features. It is designed to build on the success of the SésamoAventura area at the PortAventura theme park, which debuted in 2011.
Costa Caribe is designed to tie in with the on-site Hotel Caribe, and boasts a similar Caribbean theme. As part of the expansion, PortAventura will invest heavily in new plants and theming elements, as well as a new snack bar.
PortAventura is now under new ownership, with Italian private equity firm Investindustrial having taken full control of the resort in November 2012. The group had already acquired a 50 percent stake in 2009, and paid Spanish bank La Caixa €120m for the remaining half.
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