Disneyland Paris is set to construct the largest water park in Europe as part of ambitious project to add a new nature-based resort dubbed Villages Nature.
Parent company Euro Disney S.C.A. is working in partnership with Groupe Pierre and Vacances Center Parcs, which runs the Center Parcs resorts across Europe, to develop the resort. Built around a 3,500m² geothermal lagoon, the partners claim the resort will be "a unique model of sustainable development for tourism".
The resort will be located 6 kilometres south of Disneyland Paris, will span up to 500 hectares, and will feature 5,000 holiday homes. However, it could take as long as 20 years to complete construction, with a more modest first phase covering 175 hectares likely to open by 2015. The total cost of the project could reach as much as €1.8 billion, with the first phase costing around €700 million.
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In addition to visiting the giant water park, guests will be able to undertake a number of activities while staying at Villages Nature. These will include gardening, boating, hiking, horseback riding and walking, all of which are typical activities offered at existing Center Parcs resorts.
Euro Disney S.C.A. and Groupe Pierre and Vacances Center Parcs will each own 50% of the joint venture that will run Villages Nature, and both companies have stressed their green aims for the resort. 90% of its area will be retained as green space, while the resort will also attempt to be carbon-neutral and to generate zero waste.
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The lagoon will play a key role at the resort, with the deep geothermal source that feeds it also meeting the resort's heating needs. Two villages will be constructed around it during the first phase, with a third village being located in a forested area.
The partners to hope fund the development of Villages Nature by selling apartments, cottages and facilities to investors. The joint venture will manage and lease the housing units at the resort.