|Theme Park:||Port Aventura Park (since 2016)|
|Port Aventura (2004 - 2015)|
|Universal Port Aventura (2002 - 2003)|
|Universal Studios Port Aventura
(2000 - 2001)
|Universal's Port Aventura (1999)|
|Port Aventura (1995 - 1998)|
|Part of the Resort
Port Aventura World
|Address:||Avinguda de l'Alcalde Pere Molas|
|Operated by:||Port Aventura Entertainment SAU|
Port Aventura Park in Salou is one of the largest theme parks in the country. It is part of the amusement resort Port Aventura World. Originally planned by a consortium of Spanish investors and Anheuser-Busch, the theme park opened its doors for the first time in 1995. During the construction phase, the English Tussauds Group also joined in, taking over 40% of the shares and the subsequent management. In 1997 Universal Studios took over the shares of the Tussauds Group. This was followed by numerous name changes and the expansion into an amusement resort. In 2004, NBC Universal and Anheuser-Busch sold their shares in the park to the Spanish bank La Caixa, which then held almost 100% of the shares. Since the end of 2009, the investment company Investindustrial has held a major stake in the park.
Port Aventura Park is home to some of the best roller coasters in Europe, such as the wooden roller coaster Stampida or the hyper coaster Shambhala. The park also offers a very large number of family-friendly rides, breathtaking water rides and a large number of worth seeing shows.
Fun Fact #1: The site on the outskirts of the city of Salou was one of the possible locations for the European Disneyland Resort, but was rejected due to the weaker infrastructure compared to the city of Paris.
Fun Fact #2: Originally, a roller coaster similar to the Loch Ness Monster from the US amusement park Busch Gardens Europe was to shape the face of the park. John Wardley of the Tussauds Group, however, was able to prevent this from happening, whereupon the Dragon Khan roller coaster was commissioned.