Holidays In Spain - With The Mouse
If they were the ones making the decision, where would one in four children choose to go on holiday?
They would opt for the U.S. to visit Disney World. This is according to a survey of 2,000 five to 15-year-old UK residents. Walt Disney World Florida
was the clear winner at 22.65 percent of the total votes in the Teletext Holidays survey.
The second favorite children's holiday destination, according the survey, is Spain, including Menorca and Majorca. But What if holidaymakers could do
both at once? The possibility of visiting a Disney theme park in sunny Spain may one day be more than a dream.
Prior to the 1992 opening of the Disney theme park in Paris, other European locations had been discussed. Spain had been one consideration.
Company officials eventually opted for the current Paris location. Spain-Disney talks, however, have continued since that time, according to rumour.
More earnest talks of a Spain Disney theme park began a couple of years ago. The company had been watching other theme park ventures, like
Madrid's Warner Brothers Park to gauge their success. That park, as well as PortAventura in Barcelona, had been fairly successful with growing
numbers of annual visitors.
It appeared that those talks favoured the Costa del Sol region of Spain for a new Disney theme park. To date, however, all talk is still little more than
rumour. The company did seem to express though, that the possibility of a Spain Disney theme park was a strong one.
Disney or not, Spain remains ever popular with UK tourists, even the youngest ones. The results of the Teletext Holidays survey lists Spain as having
received eight percent of the youngster's votes.
The survey listed the islands of Menorca and Majorca separately from the rest of Spain. Menorca and Majorca were also highly favoured with the
Combining the holidays in Menorca and Majorca votes with those for Spain, the region received 11.35 percent of the total vote. Other dream holiday
destinations for the children surveyed included Wales and the United States (apart from Disney World).
The Teletext survey covered more than just the destination aspect of a dream holiday. Respondents were also asked to indicate accommodation
preferences. Most five to 15-year-olds preferred the comfort of a hotel over a villa, condominium, tent or camper. The majority of children surveyed
indicated swimming (both in pools and in lakes/oceans) as a top choice for holiday activities.
Whether a Disney theme park ever becomes a reality in Spain remains to be seen. The rumours are still rampant, despite the fact that nothing official
has been put to paper yet. The possibility remains strong, though, that UK children may one day have less distance to cover when visiting a Disney
However, one of the survey's biggest findings is that the vast majority of the respondents preferred travelling abroad. Domestic vacations were
eschewed by many in favour of leaving the country.
Still the United States remains a top destination for UK children. It's probable that, even should a Spain Disney emerge, Walt Disney World in Florida
will always be a favourite. After all, it's the flagship of the Disney theme parks. It's still the largest of all the company's resorts, with multiple theme
parks in one destination. And Spain will find that hard to beat with children.
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