PortAventura Park, known simply as PortAventura, is one of the theme parks at the PortAventura World Resort in Salou, Spain. The main park first opened in 1995, originally as a joint venture between Alton Towers, Tussauds Group, and Anheuser-Busch. In 1998, the majority of Tussauds Group's shares were sold to Universal and the park was rebranded as 'Universal's Port Aventura' (making it the first Universal Studios theme park in Europe) until 2004, when Universal sold all of its interests, and the park reverted to its original name. Woody Woodpecker continues to serve as the park's mascot through a licensing agreement with Universal. PortAventura is currently managed by La Caixa banking group's investment vehicle Criteria.
PortAventura Park has six themed areas, including SésamoAventura, which first opened on April 8, 2011. SésamoAventura consists of rides mostly geared towards young children, as well as the indoor dark ride Street Mission. Walk-arounds of Bert (Blas), Ernie (Epi), Cookie Monster (Triki), Grover (Coco), Elmo, Zoe, and Abby Cadabby roam the park greeting guests in addition to appearing in stage shows and parades. Count von Count (Conde Draco) only appears during Halloween season.
SésamoAventura has a surface area of 13,000 m2 and took 14 months of completion, with an investment of 15 million euros. Claudio Mazzoli served as the artistic director of the project.
Shops and Restaurants
La Cocina de Epi (Ernie's Kitchen) – a restaurant with three terraces covered by giant mushrooms as a sun shade.