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In Pictures: The 3 major new theme parks coming to Europe

1. Ferrari World (PortAventura, Salou, Spain)

First opened in 1995 by a consortium involving the Tussauds Group, Anheuser-Busch and Universal, PortAventura was sold to the Italian private equity group Investindustrial in November 2012. The group clearly has big plans for the resort (already one of Europe's leading tourist attractions), and has struck a deal to bring the world's second Ferrari World theme park to Salou.

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While it will be modelled closely on Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Spanish version is set to be on a smaller scale and won't be hosted entirely indoors like its predecessor. The budget is a relatively meagre €100 million, and there's no word on yet on whether this will be a full-blown second gate or simply an additional land within the existing PortAventura theme park when it opens in 2016.

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What we do know is that the area will cover 75,000 square meters, and will consist of new rides, a 250-room luxury hotel, restaurants and shops. Ferrari promises that it will be "an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari".

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The headline attraction will become Europe fastest accelerator coaster, taking the crown from the 80 miles per hour Stealth at Thorpe Park in the UK.

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Little is known about the other attractions, although a dueling race car ride is seen in the concept artwork criss-crossing the land.

Which new European park are you most excited about?

Now that you've seen the plans, which of Europe's three new theme parks are you most hoping to visit?

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