Following record attendance in 2017, French theme parks including Puy du Fou, Parc Asterix and Futuroscope are planning large capital investments in 2018.
Last week Disney announced that Disneyland Paris is to receive a €2bn ($2.44bn), multi-year expansion that will include new Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars areas. To keep pace the smaller parks in France are also planning capital investments.
Puy du Fou is the second most popular park in France, behind Disneyland, with 2.2 million visitors. Last year it opened two new productions, a hotel and two restaurants as part of a plan to invest €200m in the park by 2025.
Its future projects include a new €140m ($172m) park in Toledo, Spain with a planned opening in 2020. The operator is also targeting a third park in China.
Compagnie des Alpes plans to invest in accommodation at Parc Asterix, pumping in nearly €100m ($123m) over three years. The investment will fund the construction of a new 150-room hotel to open in 2018, followed by a second hotel of the same size in 2019.
Futuroscope has more long-term plans. The company is eying a second park in the next 10-15 years. The new park would be smaller than the first, occupying 14 hectares of what is currently a coach park. This year, the Poitiers-based park will launch two new rides, a flight with Thomas Pesquet and a care race with Sebastien Loeb.