Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris has welcomed its 250 millionth visit since first opening in 1992. Enthusiasm for the unique destination remains strong, with its two theme parks, seven Disney hotels, two convention centres, a leisure centre (Disney Village) and its 27-hole golf course.
‘We’ve just reached the symbolic figure of one quarter of a billion visits. This shows that the French and Europeans in general, have whole heartedly welcomed theme parks – and Disneyland Paris in particular. This milestone confirms the draw of the destination and our guests’ attachment to the Disney brand’, stated Philippe Gas, C.E.O. of Euro Disney S.A.S.
Guests are primarily families from all over Europe. Disneyland Paris registered record attendance this year, with 15.6 million visits, mostly by families with young children (66%).
French guests (49% of visits) maintain a strong presence at the destination alongside those from the United Kingdom (13%), the Benelux countries (12%), the Iberian Peninsula (10%), and then Italy (4%). The rest come from various parts of the world.
The 2011 World Weightlifting Championships will be held at Disneyland Paris from Saturday 5 November until to Sunday 13 November and British weightlifting will have eight competitors flying out to France to compete in the World Championships in Paris.
The World Championships will be the first competition to be held during the qualification period for the London 2012 Olympics.
Athletes with Olympic dreams will be competing at Disneyland Paris as they look to kick-start their bids to make it to next year’s Games.
Peter Kirkbride, 23 and from Kilmarnock, was due to compete in Paris but has withdrawn due to an ankle injury sustained at the Commonwealth Championships in October.
The exact dates that each athlete will compete is yet to be finalised depending on how each group within each bodyweight category is divided during the technical meeting later in the week.
British Weight Lifting’s Performance Manager Fiona Lothian said: “This is a great opportunity for the GB athletes to put down a marker for London 2012 selection, the progress the athletes have made over the last few months means we are now in a position to field a much bigger team than we sent to the Worlds 2009 and 2010.”
Athletes aiming to compete at the London 2012 Olympics have target weights they need to achieve between now and May, which they must lift on two occasions to be considered for selection.
Once the athlete has achieved the required mark, British Weight Lifting may then nominate them, before final ratification by the British Olympic Association.
Source: Sky News