I'm a bit confused about how long we actually spent at Port Aventura and don't know what we did on each day, so I'll just lump it all in together. PA was definitely one of my favourite parks of the trip, I could have spent a week there and never gotten bored. I've spent as long as I can remember watching cheesy tv advertisements for the resort and when I started visiting Europe on my own in my teens always talked about going, but still didn't really expect the theming to be as amazing as it was. The areas are all beautifully done, we spent a good chunk of our first afternoon in the park just walking around (the place is freaking huge, by the way!) exploring. The food was good, the hotel was nice, bar was fun (though needed to be open later
), my only real complaint about the hotel was the internet access... I paid for 20 minutes one evening and it took 12 minutes to go to my email log-in screen and another 6 to log me in, leaving me with 4 minutes to read and respond to everything.
Furius Baco evoked interesting responses from people, and it seemed to very much be a love/hate coaster. I for one loved it, and created my own "I despise it but want to ride it constantly" or "I love it but want to destroy it" camp. It seemingly kicked the crap out of a lot of people, but I found it highly aggressive rather than rough, which I like in a steel coaster. Odd though, because generally I feel pain and roughness more than most seem to. But whatever. I loved it. Never quite got a night ride, I kept just missing it closing, so I guess I have a good reason to go back!
Dragon Khan was a lot of fun, and one of my most anticipated coasters of the trip. Your ride is DEFINITELY mostly dependent on what train you end up in though, the green(?) train was not a fun ride at all, yet I loved the ride in the others. My front row night-ride on Khan is a stand-out memory. The view going up the lift hill is incredible, I hadn't realised until then how close we were to the water.
El Diablo... I really remember nothing about this ride other than the "million" lift hills.
I love the section where you go up a lift hill, drop, go around a bend, and then go up another lift hill. So pointless, but so funny.
Tami-Tami was actually a lot of fun, although that might just be because I rode it in Kyle's arms.
This was the first coaster we rode in the park, figuring we'd save the great stuff for last, but it actually wound up being much fun! Didn't bother with a re-ride though I don't think, far too much other good stuff to do than return to a family coaster, fun or not.
Tomahawk, the junior woodie, was also pretty decent. Give me that over Stampida any day of the week. A few people rode Stampida on the first day, though I didn't, and warned me it was pretty brutal. The morning of our Stampida ERT was the day after I'd found out that I'd graduated from uni back home, so I was just *slightly* hungover after consuming rather a lot of Sangria in celebration. That, combined with my low tolerance for restraint-related bashing meant that I only managed to ride three times (and it would have been two, I was co-erced into the third one) before collapsing on a bench. I'd agree with Robb's assessment in the PA thread that inside Stampida somewhere is a great woodie, but those trains... That was what killed me. Many of us sported matching "Stampida bruises" on the outsides of our legs for the rest of the trip. Mine didn't heal for two weeks!
One of the most awesome attractions at the park (thanks Larry for reminding me of its existence) is Templo del Fuego. It's sort of the same basic idea (effects-wise) as Universal's Backdraft
, only with an acted (and sometimes improvised) pre-show rather than a video one. I was told (but don't know if it's true or not) that it holds or held some kind of world record for manufactured fire being the closest to the audience. It's awesome, anyway, with a couple of surprising moments. Just watch out for the one cocky actor who uses the Spanish and French speaking audience members to make fun of the English. ::wink::
As far as flats and miscellaneous attractions go, Hurakan Condor has to be the first thing I mention. It's rare these days for pretty much anything to give me a *real* adrenaline hit, but I got off that thing shaking from the rush. Incredible view, incredible drop. I loved all three sides but I think the floorless standing was my favourite. And the ride-ops deserve kudos for creating the finger-waggling "nononononononono" which became part of our repertoire. The splashdown boat was GREAT, with two drops, the second of which has the potential to drench the boat going up the first lift if it's timed right. Saturating flume too, which we rode frequently to escape from the heat, and since we had awesome front-of-the-line passes. The park also had a bunch of "meh" flats which were all run pretty tamely, though Larry Chris and Robb managed to damn near snap my spine on the teacups, a rubbish simulator with the funniest safety video EVER (somebody needs to post that if anybody has it), and a damn decent show over the lake in the evenings. Not quite up there with Disney, but a fab show all the same. Definitely one of my favourite parks now.
Oh, and the resort also has a waterpark. It's pretty nice, and the slides are decent, but it's not exactly huge, and really isn't anything too special. Definitely a nice enough place to spend a few hours in the afternoon though, I'm really glad we all went. Plus, we got a bonus striptease for FREE!!!
I took VERY few pictures at this park, in fact I only took my camera out of the hotel room on the first day we arrived. I was having so much fun that I didn't bother taking pictures, so it didn't seem worth carrying the camera around. Apologies that out of the few pictures I'm posting, half of them are from the bar.
Hector and I are happy to be at Port Aventura... And I'm happy to have my own Retarded Red Hat Club!
The first lunch. Everybody else ate from this Italian place, I went and got a giant footlong chili cheese dog.
The Panthers enjoyed meeting Woody('s girlfriend). <insert your own joke here>
This picture REALLY doesn't capture how wet we are. From the ankles down and from the knees up I was SOAKED, with only my mid-legs oddly dry.
The awesome bar crew, who made it worth being exhausted every morning.
I find it funny how worried Robb looks by Chris's tongue... In fairness, it could have been ANYWHERE.
Me and Jeff in the bar on celebration night.
Kyle and I are hot... And I mean that in the literal sense.
Not only did I get a free striptease performed for me at the waterpark, but also back at the hotel... You whore.