So this summer my parents decided to make a trip to the Basque Country in Spain which, originally, included no parks. Naturally I tried to convince them to visit at least one and so on our way back home we made a stop in Madrid for me to check Parque De Atracciones (which I had never been to) and Warner which I had visited in 2006 and 2007. But first....
Completely by chance I came across a POV of a coaster in a little park in San Sebastián (which we were visiting) and it happens to be the world's oldest operating steel coaster. The park is located on top of a mountain and it has great views. We were in a bit of a hurry so the coaster was the only ride I tried (the rest wasn't very interesting for me anyway).
Part 1 - Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo
The view was quite nice.
The GPS sent us through a really scary narrow twisty road! It doesn't look like it in the picture but it was nerve-racking to know that at any moment we could crash a car coming the other way.
San Sebastián's beach "La Concha"
Finally the terrifying road came to an end.
Some bumper cars.
This boat ride thingy with the coaster on top.
For the lift nerds! (I'm actually one)
The lift was rather fast!
The first hill.
Here they come!
Station and train (with brakeman)
The track (more like rails, really)
Transfer track/rails and second train.
A closer look.
Yes, no up-stop wheels will go here.
Front seat! (these photos were taken with permission)
No restraints, seatbelts whatsoever!
Going over the boats.
The biggest drop. The ride was fun. Nothing special but the drops weren't so bad given the absence of restraints. Very smooth too.
Some random slides for kids.
Another look at the view.
and one more...
I don't know what this tower is.
Cresting the hill.
Into the lift.
Take the tunnel!!!!
Still don't know what this is.
Back seat POV!
I had no idea what the camera was taking picture of when I snapped this one.
Backwards POV! In the back I nearly got some air on the double down which is pretty impressive given that I would have flown out if there was (and so would the train due to the lack of up-stop wheels).
One more look at this wheel.
And about to go down. There was nothing there stopping you from grabbing the lift cable. Want proof?
See? (I was not actually touching it, obviously)
Nice ride. Didn't experience the rest of the park but had a nice time. the view was great and the coaster was fun. So if you happen to go to San Sebastián, check this.
Part 2 - Parque de Atracciones de Madrid This was a place I had never been to. It was also the first time I went to a park alone as my parents were already going with me to Warner the following day. It was Friday and I got there 20 minutes before opening. To my surprise they only opened the doors at 12 (opening time) and I went running straight to Abismo (the ride I was looking forward to the most and also because it only has one train). Got two rides with little wait then I hit tarántula and so on.
The crowds were minimal and lines were always very short. That being said, as they were only running one train in attractions which had more so they weren't so fast (but not too long either). I think the most I waited was 25 minutes. Overall the place was nice with decent attractions, plenty of trees (which was nice due to the heat) and nice atmosphere. Still, operations weren't very efficient and it didn't feel as "professional" as some bigger parks I've been visiting.
Here are my reviews for the main rides:
Abismo (6x) - My first Maurer Söhne and only my second looping ride with lap bars. I'm not really a big fan of hang-time so I wasn't expecting to like the beginning but, to my surprise, it was very fun (and you got a nice upside down view of Madrid too). The restraints were comfy and the ride was smooth. That airtime hill gave some proper air and either the trim before the station wasn't working or I didn't feel it. Anyway, there was a pop of air before the station. My favourite ride at the park.
Tornado (7x) - My first intamin inverted coaster (excluding the shuttle ones) and it was okay. More forceful than I expected but not very smooth. I could avoid head-banging by leaning my head back against the headrest. The corkscrew felt very B&Mish but the helix could have been more forceful. Still a nice ride, my second favourite at the park. Comparing it to the batman clone I rode the following day, it didn't have the same non-stop action as that (probably because the turns between inversions weren't very fast or forceful)
Tarántula (3x) - My first (wow, I got a lot of "firsts" here) spinning coaster and had a great time. It didn't spin too much but the layout was fun. Smooth and had some moments of air. It was also reasonably long.
TNT Tren de la Mina - I don't really know what to say as I usually don't ride these family coasters. Still, I enjoyed it and it fitted the park and area well. Just one thing: I noticed that during braking the trains shook in a odd way which I assume is because the brake fins are on only one side and as a result, the force is not evenly distributed across the cars. Nothing too bad, though.
Vertigo - The first time I bothered to try a wild mouse and it was what I expected (maybe a bit more violent) and it had some pops of air. When I was pushed against the side of the train it was fine but g«being pushed against the seat divider was a bit uncomfortable.
Lanzadera (3x) - Despite not being very tall this intmain drop tower does pack quite a nice punch and has that classic "freefall" sensation that apparently the newer ones don't have (haven't tried those, only 1st and 2nd gen).
I also rode the star flyer which gave some great views of the city and park.
Here we are
Running across the park
This is for later
A closer look
The camera wasn't taking pictures today
Twistyyy!!!! I quite enjoyed the weird lift, which I wasn't expecting. Seeing Madrid upside down is funny.
The drop again
Now to Tarántula
Lift and first MCBR
with a car
First turn. The ride was pretty fun although in the brakes, when the train is set straight it hurt my legs a bit.
Here they go!
This hill gave some proper air!
Overbanks are always fun.
the turn again
Oh, look! We're in Paris!
My first intamin full circuit invert
It was closed. Oh intamin...
Love this angle. The track looks so sexy!
Another first for me.
Airtime hill of awesomeness
More than 90 DEGREES!!
The trim wasn't working (at least I didn't feel it)
Into some air
This drop tower wasn't massive, but really good.
Star flyer in the distance
Sort of upside down!
Ahhh.... That free falling feeling
Some fountains. The park looked really good with all these trees and vegetation.
Take a guess: another first for me!
It's not that tall, so....
This is how I like my queues.
These girls (which you can't see) were screaming way to loud for my ears.
Now this was odd. The train was sitting in the station like this and I asked what was going on. The guy answered that they were waiting for 24 riders to fill the train. What!? Well, at least I didn't wait much.
Tarantula from tornado's station
turn after the loop
here they come
Didn't bother to try this.
This really sexy angle again
didn't ride this either
this I did
through the trees
this was just hanging around here (really, it was stopped)
these things are always fun
more of it
cresting the lift
water ride right next to it
take the tunnel!!!!
they about to get seriously wet
there they go
around 90 DEGREES!
for the drive tire enthusiasts
for the chain lift wheel enthusiasts
for the odd gerstlauer anti-rollback enthusiasts
first drop and turn
thee they go
also odd one-sided magnetic brakes which cause the train to shuffle in an odd way
here we are again
from the bottom of the park
entrance (the main one)
The Mr Freeze coasters should have speakers playing the sentence: "Let's kick some ice!" right before each launch
What does one say after riding a Batman clone? The G force is strong with this one.
Great photos!! I specially like the ones you took of Tornado! I'd like to clear up a couple of things: first, the trim that Abismo has it is not for slowing down the speed during the ride, it has the function of saving the train from getting stuck at the bottom of the camelback just in case it made a rollback in the lift, which is not very frequent but it could happen as there is not anti-rollback system. The other thing is that the photoride of Abismo is NEVER working, not just when you went (as well as the ones in Tarantula and the log flume).
I'm looking forward to seeing the report from Parque Warner
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