PortAventura World is an entertainment resort in Salou and Vila-seca, Tarragona, on the Costa Daurada in Catalonia, Spain. It was built around the PortAventura Park theme park, which attracts around 3.5 million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in Spain and the sixth most visited theme park in Europe. The resort includes a second theme park, Ferrari Land, since 2017 and also includes PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, five hotels, a convention centre and a RV park. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe which attracts around 5 million visitors per year. It has Reus Airport within 15 minutes of it and Barcelona Airport within an hour. There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona, Salou and Tortosa.
|Slogan||Parks & Resort|
|Location||Salou and Vila-seca, Catalonia, Spain|
|Owner||InvestIndustrial and KKR|
|General Manager||Sergio Feder|
|Opened||13 June 2002 (resort)|
1 May 1995 (first park)
|Previous names||* Universal Mediterranea (2002-2004),|
* PortAventura (2005-2012),
* PortAventura European Destination Resort (2013-2015)
|Operating season||Spring through winter|
|Visitors per annum||4.9 million|
|Area||119 ha |
'Port Aventura' opened in 1995 in Salou, Tussauds Group had a 40,01% in the park while La Caixa had 33,19%, Anheuser-Busch had 19,9% and FECSA had 6,7%. In 1998 the majority of Tussauds Group'shares in the park were sold to Universal and the park was rebranded as 'Universal's Port Aventura', which made it the first Universal Studios Theme Park in Europe.
In 2002, a water park (Costa Caribe) and two hotels (Hotel PortAventura and Hotel El Paso) were constructed, and the resort was further rebranded as 'Universal Mediterranea'. In 2004, NBCUniversal (Universal Studios' parent) sold all interest in PortAventura. It is owned and operated by La Caixa banking group's investment vehicle Criteria, but as of 2005 the Universal name has been dropped from the branding, and the resort was once again named 'PortAventura' (the space in the name is deliberately left out for trademark reasons). In 2009, the resort hosted 3,310,000 visitors.
In December 2013 KKR picks up 49.9% stake in PortAventura from Investindustrial that still owns 50.1%. In 2016 the resort was renamed as 'PortAventura World Parks & Resort'. The second theme park, Ferrari Land, was inaugurated on 7 April 2017.
The park features five theme areas based on civilizations (Mediterrània, Far West, México, China and Polynesia), and one theme area based on Sesame Street. Mediterrània is the main entrance area of the park.
- Main rides
- Furius Baco, an Intamin Accelerator Coaster with winged seating, which opened in June 2007. It has a top speed of 83.9 mph (135 km/h).
- Stampida, a dueling wooden roller coaster.
- Tomahawk, a junior version of Stampida and which runs parallel to it.
- Silver River Flume, a traditional log flume.
- Grand Canyon Rapids, a whitewater river rapids ride along the Grand Canyon.
- Hurakan Condor, an Intamin drop tower ride. This ride is one of the tallest in the world at 330 ft.
- El Diablo - Tren de la Mina, an Arrow Dynamics mine train roller coaster. The top speed of the coaster is around 60 km/h.
- Dragon Khan, with 8 inversions this formerly held the record as having more inversions than any other roller coaster. It also held the world record for the tallest vertical loop on any roller-coaster. The ride built by Bolliger & Mabillard was one of the two roller coasters that Port Aventura had when it opened. It consistently ranks among one of the world's best roller coasters in polls.
- Shambhala, this B&M hypercoaster beat three European records as it was the fastest (134 km/h) and tallest roller coaster in Europe. It is 76 m tall and had longest drop in Europe at 78 m (2 m underground).
- Angkor, a large splash battle themed in the Angkor ruins that opened in 2014.
- Tutuki Splash, a Shoot the Chute themed along an erupting volcano.
- Tami Tami, a roller coaster for children.
- Street Mission, an interactive Sesame Street dark ride.
InvestIndustrial and Ferrari signed a deal to build a new area themed to the Italian sports car brand in the PortAventura resort covering 75,000 m2, including new rides, a 250-room hotel with restaurants, shops and car racing simulators. Ferrari Land is the resort's second theme park, separate from PortAventura Park. Its entrance is adjacent to PortAventura Park's main entrance. The Mediterranean theme is common to both entrances, as Ferrari Land is inspired by Italy, including recreations of Venice's Piazza San Marco and Rome's Colosseum. The main ride of Ferrari Land is a 112 m tall vertical accelerator coaster that surpassed Shambhala as the tallest coaster in Europe and is also the fastest coaster in Europe. The park was opened on 7 April 2017, after an investment of more than €100 million. Ferrari Land opened a kids area in 2018.
Ferrari Land is the second amusement centre themed to Ferrari in the world, after Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Some rides and attractions
|Shambhala||Bolliger & Mabillard||83 miles per hour (134 km/h)||249 feet (76 m)||5,410 feet (1,650 m)||China||2012|
|Dragon Khan||Bolliger & Mabillard||65 miles per hour (105 km/h)||148 feet (45 m)||4,165 feet (1,269 m)||China||1995|
|Furius Baco||Intamin||83.9 miles per hour (135.0 km/h)||15 feet (4.6 m)||2,789 feet (850 m)||Mediterrània||2007|
|Junior Red Force||SBF Visa Group||28 miles per hour (45 km/h)||Unknown||Unknown||Ferrari Land||2018|
|Red Force||Intamin||112 miles per hour (180 km/h)||367 feet (112 m)||2,887 feet (880 m)||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Stampida||CCI||46 miles per hour (74 km/h)||84 feet (26 m)||3,127 feet (953 m)||Far West||1997|
|Tomahawk||CCI||30 miles per hour (48 km/h)||44 feet (13 m)||1,444 feet (440 m)||Far West||1997|
|El Diablo - Tren de la Mina||Arrow Dynamics||37 miles per hour (60 km/h)||54 feet (16 m)||3,306 feet (1,008 m)||México||1995|
|Tami Tami||Vekoma||21.7 miles per hour (34.9 km/h)||28 feet (8.5 m)||679 feet (207 m)||SésamoAventura||1998|
|Kon-tiki Wave||HUSS Park Attractions||66 feet (20 m)||Unknown||Unknown||Polynesia||1995|
|Serpiente Emplumada||Schwarzkopf||9.8 feet (3.0 m)||Unknown||Unknown||México||1995|
|Yucatán||Mack Rides||–||13 revolutions per minute||Unknown||México||1995|
|Hurakan Condor||Intamin||330 feet (100 m)||71.4 miles per hour (114.9 km/h)||370 feet (110 m)||México||2005|
|Maranello Grand Race||C&S||–||Unknown||1,870 feet (570 m)||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Thrill Towers||S&S Worldwide||180 feet (55 m)||Unknown||Unknown||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Street Mission||Sally Corporation, ETF||–||Unknown||Unknown||SésamoAventura||2019|
|Tutuki Splash||Intamin||35 miles per hour (56 km/h)||45 feet (14 m)||01,438 feet (438 m)||Polynesia||1995|
|Silver River Flume||Mack Rides||35 miles per hour (56 km/h)||50 feet (15 m)||02,260 feet (690 m)||Far West||1995|
|Grand Canyon Rapids||Intamin||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||Far West||1995|
|Canoes||Zamperla||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||Polynesia||1995|
|Angkor||Mack Rides||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||China||2014|
Amusement rides using motion pictures
|Dino Scape 4D||Thinkwell Group, Universal Creative||6.6 feet (2.0 m)||Unknown||Polynesia||2000|
|Flying Dreams||Brogent||Unknown||Unknown||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Racing Legends||Simworx||Unknown||Unknown||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Street Mission||Sally Corp, ETF Ride Systems||Unknown||Unknown||SésamoAventura||2019|
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park is a water park which is adjacent to PortAventura Park. It has an area of 50,000 m2, which includes 16 attractions and slides, as well as over 8,500 m2 of water-covered surface area. It is themed to the Caribbean, with beaches, palm trees, and Latin and reggae music, and it also includes shops and restaurants.
- King Khajuna – Europe's tallest free fall slide of 31 metres and 55 degree descent by ProSlide. Opened in 2013.
- Ciclón Tropical – MultiBUMP slide by ProSlide. Opened in 2013.
- Rapid Race – Pro racer opened in 2013 by ProSlide.
- The Mambo and Limbo – Two corkscrew water slide by ProSlide. Opened in 2002.
- El Tifón – Two typhoon Water Slide by ProSlide. Opened in 2002.
- El Río Loco – Lazy River. Opened in 2002.
- El Torrente – A 4-passenger tube by ProSlide. Opened in 2002.
- Barracudas – A pair of 2 Passenger tube sails through tunnels and spins at full speed by ProSlide. Opened in 2002.
The resort features six thematic hotels:
- PortAventura Hotel PortAventura: Mediterranean theme (4*).
- PortAventura Hotel Caribe: Caribbean theme (4*).
- PortAventura Hotel El Paso: Mexican theme (4*).
- PortAventura Hotel Gold River: Far West theme (4*).
- PortAventura Hotel Colorado Creek: Far West theme (4*).
- PortAventura Hotel Mansión de Lucy: Victorian-style Far West theme (5*).
- Hotel Ferrari: Ferrari theme (5*) (future)
During seasonal events like summer nights, Halloween (September–November) and Christmas (November–January), PortAventura Park opens seasonal walkaround rides or shows, including the mazes: [REC], Horror in Penitence, La Selva del Miedo and the nighttime Halloween show Horror en el Lago.
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