Mirabilandia Kids Festival

April 19-22nd 2019

2019 sees the 22nd year that this tournament has been played and it has grown and grown, welcoming teams from all over Europe who travel to play in this unique event.

Mirabilandia Parks are the main sponsor of this tournament with the opening ceremony being held inside the park with an exclusive show for the participants.

It’s played on very good fields in the host town, Cesenatico, including 5 pitches at the brand new sports centre of Virtus Cesana.

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Tournament Programme

Friday April 19th – Arrival of the teams until 1.00 p.m. Tournament check-in. The tournament matches begin at 4.00 p.m. At 9.30 p.m. the tournament opening ceremony with a parade of all teams, the national anthems, players oath and a folkloristic show featuring bands, flag bearers and musicians.

Saturday April 20th – Matches all day starting at 9.00 a.m..

Sunday April 21st – At 9.00 a.m.all teams gather in the square in front of the Mirabilandia Park’s entrance where at 9.30 the doors open for the official tournament opening ceremony with a parade of all teams, the national anthems, players oath and an exclusive show for the tournament participants. You can spend the remainder of the day inside the park until 6.00 p.m. when the matches continue.

Monday April 22nd – At 9.00 a,m/3.00 p.m. the tournament finals are played for all age groups. After the awards ceremony the tournament finishes and the teams get ready to go home although it is possible to stay one or more extra nights if you wish.

Accommodation and Meals

The tournament offers two levels of accommodation, either a two star hotel or a three star hotel. All hotels are strictly selected and many of them are located in Cesenatico.

Meals – During the tournament, the food provided is full-board (including breakfast, lunch and dinner).

The first meal eaten is usually the dinner on the day of arrival and the last is lunch on day of departure. However, if you arrive early, you can make the first meal lunch, and have only breakfast on the day of departure. In this case, you will have to notify the organisation prior to arrival.

The Area and Things to Do

The tournament has Cesenatico as its base. Cesenatico is a port town with about 26,000 inhabitants on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is located in the province of Forlì-Cesena in the region of Emilia-Romagna, about 19 miles south of Ravenna.

One of the features of Cesenatico you will probably see first is the Canal Port that divides the town centre into West and East. With just two small ferries, you can cross the water to the other side, and you pay just 40 cents for the trip. The “Tower” of Cesenatico is another feature that’s hard to get around. It clearly divides the Eastern and the Western beach. When built, it was the highest skyscraper in Europe for several years. Today it’s mostly empty and under renovation.

A sandy coastline extending for 7 kilometres from Zadina, where the pinewood stretches as far as the beach, permitting holidaymakers to take it easy and enjoy the cool of centuries-old pines, to Centro, with Leonardo da Vinci’s canal harbour lined with fish restaurants renowned throughout Italy, as far as Valverde and Villamarina, neighbourhoods offering modern accommodation structures of different types and categories.

Comfortable, quiet and safe beaches equipped to cater for a cosmopolitan clientele. The broad avenues and extensive vegetation give Cesenatico a very relaxing look, which is further enhanced by the quaint squares of the old-town centre, the numerous mooring facilities full of pleasure craft, the two large town parks and the multicoloured sails raised on the boats in the Maritime Museum. Cesenatico offers all this and lots more…

Things to see and do

FLOATING MARITIME MUSEUM – Via Armellini, 1847042 Cesenatico – Ponente

The Museum, situated in the oldest and innermost part of the Leonardo’s canal , collects and represents ten typical sailing boats (restored and reactivated) of the high and middle Adriatic sea, used for fishing and marine traffic: the Bragozzo and the open-sea Bragozzo (small sailing-boats), the Battana and the Top (flat-bottomed boats), the Lancia (launch), the fishing Trabaccolo and the transportation Trabaccolo, the Paranza and the Barchét (medium-sized fishing boat).

The Museum, which was founded at the beginning of the eighties, is not only the synthesis of centuries and centuries of marine civilisation from Trieste right to Pescara, but is also an effective summary of the particular role of the port of Cesenatico over the years.

LA CATTEDRALE DELLE FOGLIE – Giardini al Mare Viale Ferrara47042 Cesenatico – Centro (FC)

“The Leaf Cathedral”, an idea of Tonino Guerra realised by the iron sculptor Aurelio Brunelli. It is made of steel leaves, 3.5 metres high, disposed in circle like an amphitheatre

The cathedral is a tribute to the nature and the work of the men who cultivated the land: it is located beside the flowerbed where you can find old fruit trees of the Romagna area planted to preserve the sprout and to contrast loss of biodiversity.

THE BEACHES
Cesenatico is one of the most famous and renowned seaside resorts on the Riviera Romagnola, frequented by tourists from every part of Italy and Europe. Because of the cleanliness of the beaches and of the sea, Cesenatico has received the “Blue Flag” from the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

The beaches in Cesenatico are sandy, with a shallow sea where the land slopes gently as you leave the beach. The beaches are about 7 km. long, 5 of which are those managed by beach establishments while 2 are free areas and mostly visited by youngsters.

The bathing establishments offer their clients many services which go further than just sun beds and umbrellas. On the free beaches, however, there are other services like volleyball courts and beach soccer pitches.

The beaches in Cesenatico are controlled by 27 control towers managed by the Cooperativa Bagnini di Cesenatico, which guarantee a certain safety in the waters of this seaside resort.

ATLANTICA WATER PARK – Piazza Marco Polo, 447042 Cesenatico – Ponente (FC)

The main attraction of the Atlantica water park is the wave pool: similar to that of Riccione’s Aquafan, it has a circular shape with an atoll at the centre dedicated to group dances and animation; every hour are generated waves that last a few minutes and simulate those of the sea.

The waterslides are very popular with children: there are the Kamikaze which have a maximum slope of 60% and which allow to reach a high speed; the Plano Shuttle – the most adrenaline attraction of the park – which consists of a descent to be done from 10 metres high on board a bob: the long ride ends in a pool; another small water slide is the Soft Foam Wave. For the little ones there is the Baby wave: it is a pool in the shape of 8 that has a water slide and two fountains.

Among the most crowded attractions are the Onda Lenta River and the Long Wave Anaconda. The first is a 1km long artificial river that allows participants to circumnavigate the entire park on board an inflatable boat. The second is instead a structure over 15 metres high that has 3 slides that intertwine with each other and reach a fair speed.

Inside the park there are several dining options, a green area where you can have a picnic, a candy store and a store for shoppers, a photographer to capture the best moments of a day at the Atlantic of cesenatico, showers and changing rooms. In addition there is a space for group dances and a games room where kids can have fun with their favorite video games.

Finally, in the park there is also a well-equipped Bingo hall with over 500 seats: the room is open from 3 pm till dawn and also includes modern slot machines.

 

Mirabilandia Parks –  SS16, km 162, 48125 Savio RA (13 miles from Cesenatico)

Mirabilandia is the biggest amusement park in Italy, With a total area of 850.000 sqm It has an area of 30 hectares, with an additional waterworld area of 10 hectares, called Mirabilandia Beach.

The most notable attractions are the Katun inverted roller coaster and the iSpeed launched coaster. It has the world’s tallest Watercoaster, the “Divertical” with a height of 60 m.

It also is home to the 90-metre tall Eurowheel, Europe’s second tallest Ferris wheel.
The areas present since it opened in 1992 are:
Dolce vita studios (Italy sixties);
Motorworld
La vecchia Europa (“The old Europe”, the less scenic area, with rides of ancient origin);
Adventureland (an leafy area)
Bimbopoli (children’s area)

In 1997, new scenery and themes, depicting exotic and fantastic places, were added to the park. These mostly related to the world of adventure: the entrance plaza was edited in pirate-style and renamed Pirate Bay, whilst the restaurants had a similar re-theming (like the “Locanda del Faro”).

The Katun inverted roller coaster was built in 1999, surrounded by a visually arresting theme (the “City of Sian Ka’an”, with pre-Columbian Maya civilization architecture).

In 2000, the look of the two mascots of the park, Otto Leprotto the European hare and Mike the mallard (two animal species widely visible in the park or in the meadows around the central lake) were modified.

In 2003 Mirabeach was created, a Caribbean-style watery zone with hydraulic games. In 2006 the horror/western-style dark ride Ghostvillewas staged. In 2007 the themed attraction Raratonga was added.

In 2008 the dark ride shooter Reset was added, along with the adjacent footpath outside. iSpeed launched coaster took the place of Sierra tonante (“Booming Sierra”) in 2009.

On April 26, 2011, Ghostville was retired, replaced during the season by a walking path instead of wagons. It was opened July 13, 2011 with the name Phobia.

Included in your tournament package are a free entrance ticket to the park for two days.

Getting There

We don’t book flights instead we pass your details on to a company called AVIATE GROUPS who are specialists in obtaining the best group flight prices out there. They use their experience of the market and relationships with major airlines to guarantee you the very best fares. If you would like us to get a quote from Aviate on your behalf please ask.

If you want to book your own flights you are more than welcome to do so. The closest airport is Bologna which is 62 miles away. Here are a list of the airlines that fly there from across the UK and Ireland.

Aer Lingus from Dublin. BA from London-Heathrow. easyJet from London-Gatwick. Ryan Air from Dublin, Edinburgh, London-Stansted and Manchester.

The next nearest airport is Ancona which is 69 miles away. The following airlines fly there.

easyJet from London-Gatwick. Ryan Air from London-Stansted.

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