Excitement continues to grow as the opening of the new hypercoaster ride, Shambhala, at PortAventura approaches. The theme park, near Salou in Spain is building a new roller coaster due for completion this Spring.
It will become the tallest and fastest ride, with the longest drop in the whole of Europe! At its highest point you will be 76 metres off the ground, from which you will then plunge 78 meters at 134 km/hour, which is over 80mph! Hold onto your hat, you may need it when you plunge towards the tunnel at the bottom of the 78m descent, it will appear to be too small to get through, but we expect you will make it. We bet you duck though! Big Bird, who appears at the park in the Sesame Street area has been barred already (too tall…)
Once you have squeezed through that first tunnel, expect 5 stomach churning hump backs, where memories of food eaten earlier are expected to flash before you…
The engineering work has been very intricate, there is 1600 metres of track, 1600 tons of steel, all supported in foundations 18 metres deep! Look at this great picture of the work so far!
The new roller coaster will be positioned in the area of China, next to Dragon Khan, and actually crosses Dragon Khan in four places!
The ride will be themed around history’s unforgettable expeditions. Shambhala is part of the Buddhist tradition and refers to a legendary kingdom that once existed high in the Himalayan mountain range. The rollercoaster will be part of a new kingdom in the park, heavily inspired by Bhutan, and allowing up close access to Shambhala and its lake, which is an integral part of the ride itself.
The plan is to take you on your own personal expedition to go higher, lower and faster than you have even been before. Will you succeed in your quest?
Get to PortAventura this Spring to find out!
Here is the latest video from PortAventura, showing quite advanced stages of construction
You can visit the park by staying at one of the parks 4 PortAventura hotels, where hotel guests enjoy free admission the park, or in nearby Salou where frequent shuttle buses whisk you right up to the park gates!
There is no excuse not to visit this year!