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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby A.J. » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:11 am

JordyC wrote:For some inexplicable reason, my car was here..

You have good taste. The FF / GTC4 would probably be the Ferrari model line I'd buy if I had the money.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JJLehto » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:06 am

Awesome pics!! Color me envious! Looks like a great trip
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby tuxedomask5432 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:52 pm

Wow, it took some seeing Red Force up close to notice the subtle differences in the track design from Intamin's previous launched coasters such as Stealth, Kingda Ka, or TTD. Yes the obvious is the track itself, the same seen on Flying Aces and Skyrush. But what's really interesting & different to me about Red Force is how the pull out from the drop, descends lower than the actual launch track. This is not the case on Intamin's previous iterations of this ride.

Also, the twisting transition to the top hat is close to the highest point, allowing for a VERY long straight piece of track on that straight-down drop. It's fun to think that the ride reaches top speed AFTER the drop. :b :br

I was initially kinda bummed by this attraction considering the Intamin that is already at the original Ferrari World. However, the drop after the launch looks so insane, and judging by your review it seems like endless airtime while going straight down :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer:

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:56 pm

JordyC wrote:Yes, but with your Ferrari Land ticket, you can also enter the main park. So by this, they are kind of admitting that it's not a full day park yet. But that is okay, because that means that you can squeeze a few more rides in on Shambhala! :airtime:


At least they learned from the mistakes of when Disneyland Paris opened Walt Disney Studios Paris and included Ferrari Land with the Port Aventura ticket instead of making it a more expensive hopper option. I'll have to check out Ferrari Land next time I visit Spain since I have relatives in the Barcelona area. Hopefully Ferrari Land will have a few more attractions by the next time I visit Barcelona.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JJLehto » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:41 pm

tuxedomask5432 wrote:Wow, it took some seeing Red Force up close to notice the subtle differences in the track design from Intamin's previous launched coasters such as Stealth, Kingda Ka, or TTD. Yes the obvious is the track itself, the same seen on Flying Aces and Skyrush. But what's really interesting & different to me about Red Force is how the pull out from the drop, descends lower than the actual launch track. This is not the case on Intamin's previous iterations of this ride.

Also, the twisting transition to the top hat is close to the highest point, allowing for a VERY long straight piece of track on that straight-down drop. It's fun to think that the ride reaches top speed AFTER the drop. :b :br

I was initially kinda bummed by this attraction considering the Intamin that is already at the original Ferrari World. However, the drop after the launch looks so insane, and judging by your review it seems like endless airtime while going straight down :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer:


Oh I didn't notice that, interesting indeed how the return track is lower. And the twists on the tower seem more gentle, perhaps will cut down on roll backs?
I had no idea the speed either, 112 mph!? Glad to see, I feel like such a spoiled American, especially from the Northeast, so glad to see Europe getting more and more awesome coasters
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:56 am

cfc wrote:Very good report. I agree that the park needs to grow a bit more--much as Ferrari World did when it first opened.


Thank you! Yes, when they put in a few more rides and shows (and Red Force is open all day), I can definitely see it as a full day park.

Hilltopper39 wrote:This place is pretty interesting to me, on one hand it seems strange that there is a separately gated park attached to an existing park, but on the other hand Ferrari and F1 racing (I think that's the right circuit but really don't know) is INSANELY popular in Europe so I'm sure this place will be slammed all the time and sell a ton of merchandise so it's probably a great concept.


When the park was first announced, I wasn't too sure about it. But like you said, I understand why they did it. And yes, everybody seemed to love the place! Almost everyone was buying merch, although it was quite expensive.

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JordyC wrote:For some inexplicable reason, my car was here..

You have good taste. The FF / GTC4 would probably be the Ferrari model line I'd buy if I had the money.


I sure have ;) The park was full with awesome Ferrari's!

JJLehto wrote:Awesome pics!! Color me envious! Looks like a great trip


Thank you! Yes, it was a great trip indeed.

tuxedomask5432 wrote:I was initially kinda bummed by this attraction considering the Intamin that is already at the original Ferrari World. However, the drop after the launch looks so insane, and judging by your review it seems like endless airtime while going straight down :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer:


The drop is indeed insane! It seems like you are falling forever. :airtime:

805Andrew wrote:At least they learned from the mistakes of when Disneyland Paris opened Walt Disney Studios Paris and included Ferrari Land with the Port Aventura ticket instead of making it a more expensive hopper option. I'll have to check out Ferrari Land next time I visit Spain since I have relatives in the Barcelona area. Hopefully Ferrari Land will have a few more attractions by the next time I visit Barcelona.


Yes, it is a great thing that the main park is included in the Ferrari Land ticket. Also, when you are in the area, FL is worth the visit for Red Force alone, in my opinion.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby redfoot12 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:15 pm

tuxedomask5432 wrote:Wow, it took some seeing Red Force up close to notice the subtle differences in the track design from Intamin's previous launched coasters such as Stealth, Kingda Ka, or TTD. Yes the obvious is the track itself, the same seen on Flying Aces and Skyrush. But what's really interesting & different to me about Red Force is how the pull out from the drop, descends lower than the actual launch track. This is not the case on Intamin's previous iterations of this ride.

Also, the twisting transition to the top hat is close to the highest point, allowing for a VERY long straight piece of track on that straight-down drop. It's fun to think that the ride reaches top speed AFTER the drop. :b :br

I was initially kinda bummed by this attraction considering the Intamin that is already at the original Ferrari World. However, the drop after the launch looks so insane, and judging by your review it seems like endless airtime while going straight down :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer:

Wonder if some changes/adjustments were made because this is a LSM launch instead of hydraulic (like on Stealth, KK, TTD)?
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:54 pm

^I think the biggest reason why the pull out from the drop descends lower than the launch track itself is because of the terrain. If it had the same height as the launch, the track would be much higher up, what leads to higher supports etc. That's why they made it just a few meters above the ground, I think. Hence why there is that little hump in the middle of the brake run.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:41 am

PortAventura Park - April 2017

Hello everyone!

From April 10th - 12th 2017, I went for my first ever time to PortAventura World to visit the new Ferrari Land and - of course - PortAventura Park itself. I spent one day in Ferrari Land, and the other two days in the main park.

On April 10th and 12th, I visited PortAventura Park. I heard some great reviews from this park, but I always try to keep my expectations as low as possible, to avoid disappointment. And wow, this park is absolutely gorgeous! The theming throughout the park is fantastic. It's up there with my favourite parks; Europa-Park, Efteling and Disneyland Paris. The days I visited, the park was very busy. Queue times exceeding 120 minutes were not an exception. And yes, that was for all the rides, not just the main coasters. But luckily, I had the Express Pass for the two days I was there. So instead of waiting 2 hours, the longest I've waited was about 20 minutes. Most of the rides were a walk-on with the Express Pass. Except for Hurakan Condor, their 100 m (330 ft) Intamin Drop Tower. This ride is not included in the Express Pass, so I waited 60 minutes for this. Overall, I had an amazing time at both PortAventura Park and Ferrari Land!

Shambhala (10/10)
Oh. My. God. This coaster is just out of this world! After my first ride, I knew that this was my new number 1 coaster, beating Taron, Helix and Expedition GeForce. It is just insane how much airtime there is. You are out of your seat more than you are in it! To begin with, the drop is unbelievable. It seems to last forever! Every hill gives strong floater air, and that during the entire hill. And the small airtime hill after the turnaround even gives some ejector air. Also, the theming is great. All the Himalaya theming with snow and everyting, it just works so well. And of course, the trains are as comfy as it can be. All of this makes Shambhala a fantastic coaster, that will be my number one for a very long time.

Dragon Khan (8,5/10)
It is more than 20 years old, but it is still a lot smoother than some newer coasters out there. The ride is very intense as well. Every single inversion is just fantastic. My favourite one is the second loop, were you get perfect weightlessness at the top. Again, the theming is great. I love the Chinese feel of it.

Furius Baco (7,5/10)
Furius Baco is definitely an interesting coaster. And I actually really liked it! Yes, it's not the smoothest coaster out there, but as long as you keep your head forward you're fine. The launch has some serious kick to it, and it's just crazy how fast you are going so close to the ground. And the In-Line Twist at the end just makes this ride even better. Also, (again) this coaster was very well themed.

Stampida (6/10)
I heard some very bad reviews of this ride, but as always I try to get on it with an open mind. And yes, it's not the smoothest coaster, by far. But the layout is good, and the fact that you are duelling makes it even better. I know it's a *little* shaky, but as long as it isn't too much and the ride is fun, I don't mind. And to my surprise, the first drop gave some decent air in the back. Also, the airtime throughout the ride was better than I expected. I think it is a fun, action packed wooden coaster.

El Diablo - Tren de la Mina (5,5/10)
This was a very fun family coaster, that interacts beautifuly with the log flume next to it. There was some pretty decent theming, and you got some nice pops of air here and there.

Tomahawk (4,5/10)
Tomahawk is a great little wooden coaster, that interarcts with Stampida. It's nothing too special, just another very fun family coaster.

Tami-Tami (2,5/10)
Your standard Vekoma Junior Coaster. Although, this one had some great theming!

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Welcome to PortAventura Park!

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Stunning views as soon as you enter the park.

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First ride of the day: Furius Baco!

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Look at that queue line, just massive: 2,5 hours at this point.

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Probably the best part of the ride!

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What a beautiful themed area.

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Aloha Polynesia!

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Next up was Tutuki Splash. It gets you seriously wet.

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It's so nice to look at.

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Ypu got some airtime on that double down.

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Big splash! If you're on the lift hill at this moment, you will get absolutely soaked!

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The park is also home to lots of great shows.

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Kon Tiki Wave was next.

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It has to be one of the best themed Pirate Ships.

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SesamoAventura, the kids area of the park.

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It is home to lots of kids rides, and also to this Vekoma Junior Coaster; Tami-Tami.

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Tami-Tami is completely over water, awesome!

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There's a big tree in the middle of SesamoAventura.

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Like all the other areas, it is beautifully themed.

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It is time for Angkor!

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This is definitely the best themed Splash Battle that I've ever done.

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Two coasters, two trains, one photo. Only at PA.

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The entrance for Dragon Khan looks great.

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Dragon Khan going for a dive, Shammy B for some serious air.

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Perfect zero-G!

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You can get real close and personal with Khan.

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It's such an impressive coaster to look at.

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It has the best B&M roar I have ever heard! It is so loud.

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Who doesn't like a good ol' Cobra Roll?

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An underneath lift hill shot for y'all.

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Are you ready for the Himalayan expedition?

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What a massive airtime hill!

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Going full speed.

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In case you've never seen airtime from underneath.

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Hands up if you love Shammy!

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Hairtime!

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Diving into the tunnel.

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Rising towards the sun.

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Look how tall it is!

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There can never be too much water in the Spanish heat.

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Shambhala climbing its massive lift hill.

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It's so easy to get two trains in one photo at PA!

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Seriously, there is theming everywhere.

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The trains are much better than the ones on Silver Star, where you sit with 4 next to each other.

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Where else in the world can you get a view like this?

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No, we are not in China.

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Dance Revolution is an amazing show in the Gran Teatre Imperial.

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The Chinese themed area is lovely!

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Next up, El Diablo - Tren de la Mina AKA lift hill: the ride.

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It's a very fun coaster, but going from one lift hill into a trim brake and then on another lift hill is just absolutely pointless.

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At least it has some nice theming.

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Hurakan Condor towering above the mine train.

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I really like all the different entrances to the themed areas.

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I love theming like this.

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Hurakan Condor is a massive drop tower.

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It is huge, but not that forceful.

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Unfortunately, Templo del Fuego was closed..

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Bienvenidos Mexico.

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Tomahawk!

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It is a fun little woodie. Definitely not a kiddie coaster, though.

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PortAventura is home to lots of flat rides.

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The time has come to face Stampida.

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The first drop was surprisingly good.

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They seem to really enjoy it..

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Slowly climbing to the top.

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The double up gave some nice airtime.

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Some people like it, some people don't..

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The fact that it duels, makes this ride a lot better.

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The Far West is my favourite themed area at the park. I just love all the little details.

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It is time for a ride on the Silver River Flume.

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This ride got me absolutely soaked.

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It's such a beautiful park.

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Another water ride: Grand Canyon Rapids.

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This has to be one of the fastest rapids that I have ever done.

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Far West entrance sign.

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Shammy and Khan peeking through the trees.

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It is random theming like this that makes this park for me. It doesn't have to be there, but it just makes the whole experience a lot better.

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Chinese driving school.

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A few more photos of the park's two major coasters.

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Just another Cobra Roll.

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Dragon Khan doing its thing.

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Shammy B's massive first drop.

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Interlocking corkscrews!

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Who doesn't love some gorgeous B&M curves?

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It is such a beauty.

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I will end the report with this fantastic view.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
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1. Shambhala - PortAventura Park 2. Taron - Phantasialand 3. Helix - Liseberg 4. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 5. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 6. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 7. Goliath - Walibi Holland 8. Red Force - Ferrari Land 9. Balder - Liseberg 10. Silver Star - Europa-Park

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:54 am

Great photos! I'm loving this report.

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