It was a memorable occasion, made even more memorable with the news that the park would be opening two days later to the public.
More than 2,000 guests attended the private event, including Thailand’s HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who cut the ribbon to open the proceedings, and Bishop Bernardo Alvarez, who gave his blessing to the park. Loro Parque President Wolfgang Kiessling, and Christoph Kiessling, Director of Siam Park were also among the dignitaries, as were Paulino Rivero, President of the Canaries, and Ricardo Melchior, the Cabildo President.
Hundreds of press were drawn to the occasion from all over the world, and they were not disappointed as a spectacular firework display welcomed everyone to this incredible world of water.
The guests enjoyed traditional dishes from Thailand and Spain, and were treated to an exhibition of surfing and Thai dancing among other attractions, plus a demonstration of the mind-blowing three-metre, artificial wave which is the highest in the world.
Siam Park officials were relieved after such a long delay – the park should have opened last spring but it suffered minor technical problems – Siam Park is expecting around 600,000 visitors a year.
The big question on everyone’s lips for months – “how much will it cost to get in?” - has been answered as well. And surprisingly, considering the phenomenal array of attractions available, the prices are reasonable. Adults will pay 28 euros (25 for those with residencia), and children 18 euros (17 with residencia). You can also pre-book your tickets on the internet.
This magical, mystery park, situated between junctions 28 and 29 on the TF1 and well-signposted, is based on the ancient kingdom of Thailand and is already seen as one of the biggest and best-themed water park in Europe.
Among the exciting features is a dare-devil, hair-raising water ride – the Tower of Power – which has a breath-taking 28-metre drop and a memorable finale. The Volcano is just as scary, enveloping riders in darkness as the speed builds up and a spectacular laser show is revealed.
And if you want to prove your mettle, challenge your pals to a contest on the Nagar Racer, a head-first, six-lane race from top to bottom. You can also slither through the inside of the Jungle Snake, then catch your breath while experiencing a swirling ride on a five-seater raft, plunging headlong down the Mekong Rapids.
You won’t to miss the Dragon, with its mammoth jaws open wide as it hurtles closer and closer, higher and higher in a gravity-defying experience.
There are 14 major water attractions, plus five bars and restaurants in which to relax and catch a second wind. But it all sounds too much for mum and dad, there is plenty of tranquillity in the park to enjoy. The Sawasdee River, for examples, meanders through the park, and you can sit and soak up the atmosphere as you drift along, taking in the waterfalls, exotic islands and the spectacular aquarium.
For youngsters who may find the going a little hard, there is the Lost City, where they can splash about to their heart’s content in their very own fun-packed world, designed with safety in mind.
The carp, provided by Loro Parque and now basking in the Floating Market, will appeal to all visitors to this aquatic kingdom, as will the sea lions, also from Loro Parque, frolicking on Sea Lion Island.
All in all, Siam Park is a must – the perfect family day out.