PortAventura Park - April 2017
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!
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.
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 is a great little wooden coaster, that interarcts with Stampida. It's nothing too special, just another very fun family coaster.
Your standard Vekoma Junior Coaster. Although, this one had some great theming!
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