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Photo TR - Halloween at Port Aventura

Postby gus1971 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:59 pm

Hi guys!

As a 40 year old birthday present, I was given plane tickets to Barcelona. So I took 2 days off of my itinerary to visit both Tibidabo and Port Aventura.

This trip report will be about this second park (later, I will add a new TR for Tibidabo; promise!) and its Halloween celebration. My day at Port Aventura was absolutely packed with fun. The park was a very nice surprise, mostly due to the terrific Halloween decoration and to the brand new Sesamo Aventura area.

I visited the park on a Wednesday and it was pretty empty, with walk-on queues to ALL of the rides.

For the coaster collection, Furius Baco and Dragon Khan are such fantastic coasters. The first one I experienced 4 awesome and smooth rides and 2 others not that smooth. I am not really sure why the difference, but if I have to guess I would say inner vs. outer seats. They were running 2 trains this day.

Dragon Khan is a wild version of Kumba. No mid-course brakes were on, whatsoever. So the second half of the ride was really intense. So intense I could not ride it more than twice in a row. From its lift hill, I could see lots of bulldozing and land leveling for the park's 2012 new attraction. I would say it will be a very big attraction or new area. Probably another coaster is coming to the park. But I did not hear any rumor about it.

El Diablo mine train was very good. Nice theming, 3 lift hills and a very fun family coaster. Different from Tomahawk – which I hated so much that I did not even bother to take pictures of this small rough coaster.

Stampida was fun, but let me down a bit for its total lack of airtime. Neither the double up nor the double dip saved the coaster from being just a nice dueling woody. For this one, the park, due to the lack of passengers, were filling the front of each train with only 6 to 8 people. No rides in the rear cars were being allowed.

Tami-Tami was a nice and beautifully placed kid's coaster. And I must say: Sesamo Aventura rocks! It's such a pleasant and fun and colorful kids area that I spent hours there. Despite of not having any thrill ride, I had a lot to entertain myself with.

Well, I will let the pictures speak for themselves... Hope you have as much fun as I did!

Cheers from Rio,

Gus.
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What is that smile all about?
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Are you afraid of spiders?
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How much wood would a woodpecker peck, if a woodpecker could peck wood?
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yeah, ok! I know my nose looks just like theirs...
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Pumpkins and more pumpkins...
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Smile!
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Guess there is an angry god nearby...
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Yes! There is an angry god nearby. And I guess he is drunk... He drives like crazy!
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All thru the vineyard. What a great ride entrance.
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Flying over the lake...
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One of the nicest themed trains ever, IMHO!
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if you open your mouth you can grab some grapes out of the vines, can't you?
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Let's get back to the station and drink some more wine!
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Sexy god of wine!
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Traveling to Polynesia...
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What about getting soaked to get rid of the heat on Tutuki Splash?
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Sea Odyssey theming is really nice.
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Going back 36 years to where I first got to know Sesame Street folks.
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My all time fave Ernie and Bert (Ênio and Beto, in Portuguese!)
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Looks fun, doesn't it?
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One of my favorite rides at Port Aventura... Silly, simple and nice, just like me... ;-)
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So nice even to look at...
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The giant tree looks amazing!
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No dragons allowed in the kids area...
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Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster
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Coco Piloto is soooo cute, twisting all over Sesamo Aventura Area, even over Tami-Tami coaster.
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There is Tami-Tami. Simple and nice, standing over a big pound.
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Are all adults claiming only coaster credits? Something tells me they are also enjoying themselves...
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More Tami-Tami among lush palm trees
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All ride stations and signs in this area are awesome!
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Oscar, be nice to the guests!
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How many colors did they manage to use in this area? ALL!
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Let's make the fantasy a bit spooky...
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Hey! The dragon was awaken! Time to move and defeat it.
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Dragon Khan was open only at noon that day and was running only the blue train.
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China theming is really appealing. Very nice area of the park
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This nice dragon is very unpolite: it spits water on guests. Again, a nice refresh for the hot weather.
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The contrast of all colors, including the blue sky, is super!
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I was so looking forward to this moment...
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The turn around between the interlocking corkscrews
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Ready to go down?
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Classy!
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Classy, classy!
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The 0g-roll is intense and divine!
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Cobra rolls are not my fave elements, but this one was damn good!
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The whole dragon awesomeness!
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And the Italian Trapeze became the Chinese Trapeze...
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And from China to Mexico, I left the dragon to the mine coaster: El Diablo
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El Diablo has a nice start and a great ending (after the 3rd lift hill)
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Hurakan Condor - Intamin's 2nd gen free fall tower, has a superb theming!
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How amazing the flat rides look!
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And then, time to follow the pumpkin car to the spookiest area of the park: the Far West packed with Halloween theming
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A graveyard for those who were eaten by Dragon Khan...
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And a lot of people lost their minds...
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Nice.
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A Halloween version of a Xmas tree...
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Hi guys! Am I invited to the party?
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Hey?! Is it a rave? A pool party?
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Amazing!
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This lady wakes up in a really bad mood, I must say...
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And here it is: the mother spider...
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WOW!
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It really catches the eye.
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Has this guy gone like that after riding Stampida? NO! After riding Tomahawk for sure!
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Only the front cars were being filled...
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Again, some very nice theming.
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Re: Photo TR - Halloween at Port Aventura

Postby Moose » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:19 am

Thanks for the great update and happy birthday ;)

I loved this park when I visited it with TPR. I too found Baco to give a very different ride depending on if you sat inside or out. I found it almost unridable on the outside. The sesame area looks like a wonderful addition; it reminds me of The Seuss area of IOA

Did you do any of the Halloween stuff?
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Re: Photo TR - Halloween at Port Aventura

Postby Wes » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:39 am

Thanks for the report!

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Re: Photo TR - Halloween at Port Aventura

Postby alilstronger » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:08 am

Awesome report! Looks like a fun park.
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Re: Photo TR - Halloween at Port Aventura

Postby gus1971 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:18 am

Moose wrote:Thanks for the great update and happy birthday ;)

I loved this park when I visited it with TPR. I too found Baco to give a very different ride depending on if you sat inside or out. I found it almost unridable on the outside. The sesame area looks like a wonderful addition; it reminds me of The Seuss area of IOA


Thanks a lot for the B-day wishes, Moose! Yeah, I must agree with you: Furius Baco is heaven and hell depending on which seat you take.
And I had the very same impression comparing SesamoAventura to IOA's Dr. Seuss Area. Indeed, both IOA and PA share a similar layout IMO. Both, great parks!
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