Parque de Atracciones de Madrid - April 2018
April 6th and 7th 2018, I went to Madrid, Spain for my first ever time to Parque de Atracciones de Madrid and Parque Warner Madrid. I spent the first day in Parque de Atracciones and the second day in Parque Warner.
On April 6th, I visited Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. Much like Tivoli Gardens and Liseberg, Parque de Atracciones is a city park. It is not as centrally located as Tivoli or Liseberg, but still close enough to the city to be considered as one. From my hotel, it was only a 20-minute ride with the Madrid Metro to the park, which drops you off a few hundred meters before the entrance. Because the park is owned by Parques Reunidos, I had free entrance with my annual pass from Bobbejaanland.
I always try to keep my expectations as low as possible to avoid disappointment, especially since this park is owned by a company that is known for running not-so-great parks. And guess what, it was just as I expected it to be. It didn't blow me away, but it was a nice, relaxing amusement park. Note how I said amusement park though, not theme park. Granted, some rides and areas are fairly well themed, but other rides have absolutely no theming. And if you have read my previous trip reports, you know how much I love theming and the overall experience. That is something this park is definitely missing. They do have the potential to be a great park, though. They just need an excellent coaster, because their current coasters are just okay - nothing mind blowing. It is not like they don't know how to theme their rides, because the Nickelodeon Land area looked great, just like their Mine Train Coaster. Don't get me wrong, I did have a great time at this park! They have some good, fun rides. Also, the back of the park is very relaxing.
The weather forecast for the day was pretty bad with lightning storms and rain. While it did rain the first part of the day (it was just a light drizzle), the second half of the day was mostly dry. This resulted in very low crowds, and thus also in low queue times. Most of the rides were at most a 10 minute wait, except for their Wild Mouse coaster Vértigo, which had a 30 minute line all day.Padrinos Voladores (1.5/10)
Credit whore or not, I enjoyed this little coaster. And it had some cute theming!TNT Tren de la Mina (6/10)
This coaster was a surprise hit! It is very smooth, and it has a really good pacing through the entire ride, without being too intense. There are also a few good pops of airtime. On top of that, TNT Tren de la Mina actually has some pretty good theming. It is definitely one of my favorite family coasters.Vértigo (4/10)
It is just your standard Mack Wild Mouse. Nothing special to say about it, except the fact that this was the left side of Bobbejaanland's Speedy Bob. It is a great coaster for the whole family, though.Abismo (7/10)
Abismo is clearly the best coaster in the park. Besides the fact that it is a very unique ride, it is also a very fun ride. The ride starts with taking you to the top of its massive 46-meter (150 ft) tall tower, vertical! On a normal coaster, when you reach the top your direction is changed to the normal position. Not with Abismo! It takes you upside-down, which gives some awesome hangtime! Next, you twist through the Sky Loop
-element before plummeting straight down. With the standard SkyLoop coasters, this would be the end of the ride. But what if I told you Abismo is special? It has an extended layout with some tight turns and great airtime! The ride was also very smooth and had some pretty good forces. The only negatives I can say about Abismo is that a) it has no theming, and b) the restraints crushed my thighs every single time we were at the bottom of the first drop. Despite all that, I think this a really great coaster that I enjoyed very much!Tarántula (6/10)
I am not a massive fan of spinning coasters, but I really enjoyed Tarántula. It is one of the longest spinning coasters I have done. It doesn't really have a special or unique element like for example Winja's has, but it doesn't need that. This ride just keeps going and going. It is definitely one of my favorite spinning coasters.Tornado (5.5/10)
Tornado was probably the biggest disappointment of this park. I was really looking forward to finally riding an Intamin Inverted coaster, but I didn't enjoy it as much I would have liked. The two loopings had some good forces, and the corkscrew had a good snap to it. But that's pretty much it, the rest of the ride is pretty forgettable and forceless. Also, Tornado is not a smooth coaster. It gave me a few moments of headbanging in the turns and the helix at the end. And again, this ride has no theming.
So overall, I had a fairly great time at this park. The highlight of the day was clearly Abismo. There are a lot of other good rides, but like I said before they really need a standout attration, like a major coaster or a large scale dark ride. So, is it the best park I have ever visited? No, not by a long way. But it also isn't the worst park I have visited, by far. Would I visit this park again? Well, I would not come to Madrid solely for this park. But if I am in the area? Sure, why not? Although I would much rather spend my time at the superior park a bit more south of Madrid.
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