This is the week that Europe’s major theme parks reopened, PortAventura reported it had 40.000 Irish visitors in 2012, from its total of 3.8m in 2012, and a total of 780.000 Irish visitors in the last 15 years since the opening. PortAventura had international market growth of 21pc in 2012. Shambhala won “Kirmes and Parks” best attraction of the year, and “World of Parks” best novelty of the year in 2012. Its new aquatic park, Costa Caribe. is to open in May. The highlight is the tallest free fall toboggan in Europe. Efteling in Eindhoven, Legoland Windsor, and Alton Towers all reopened last week, PortAventura opened Friday, Legoland Billund and Europa Park on Saturday while Oakwood in Wales reopens on Mar 28, and Tivoli Copenhagen on Apr 11. On the nearest thing Ireland has to a theme park, a high level of stress was found among the animals of Tayto Park.
Disney, the champion Theme Park of them all have extended their 20th anniversary celebrations in Paris through to September and are celebrating this weekend with a spectacular weekend party and which they premiered the Disney Dreams show with two extra sequences, and showcased their revised parade. Travel Extra’s Marie Carberry is among the travel writers who sampled the weekend. Her report will be in our May issue.