Port Aventure or Movie World Mardid?

Saturday, March 22, 2003 11:50 AM
I'm having to make a very hard decision as I have the opportunity to visit one and only one of the Big parks in Spain. Either Port Aventura or Movie World.

It's a hard decision because I would love to just choose to go to WB Movie World Madrid but that would only be for one day. Where as if I go to Port Aventura I'm allowed to stay in one of the hotels, giving me access to the park for nearly three whole days. Will it be Dragon Kahn or Superman? Stampida or Wild Wild West? Tutuiki splash or Rio Bravo?

Can anyone give me their opinions on either or both of the parks and help me to decide which park to visit?

Also could someone please help with information on when the parks are busiest and when Spanish schools are off for holidays! Again, any help would be much appreciated

Sunday, March 23, 2003 1:56 AM
Can nobody help?? Please!

Also sorry about the spelling mistake in the title (Aventura not Aventure). I checked the post but not the title!

Also you can just post views on any of the rides at either park! Thanks in advance

Sunday, March 23, 2003 3:07 AM
Depends what you're into.

Port Aventura is a very, very nice park with some really, really rich theming. It is probably my favourite European park. Port Aventura has absolutely incredible shows, too.

Movie World has some excellent rides. Superman is something special, and their incarnation of Batman is arguably one of the best in the world.

Staying in Madrid and using the train to get to Movie World is painless.

I'd say Port Aventura, but only marginally.

Regards, Marcus
*** This post was edited by Marcus Sheen 3/23/2003 8:07:50 AM ***

Sunday, March 23, 2003 4:35 AM
I've never actually been to Port Aventura, but there isn't a single person I know who will choose WBP over PA. So I'd say go to Port Aventura!

I've got a review of Batman La Fuga on my website.

Dutch Coastin' :: European coasters, thrills and theming!

Sunday, March 23, 2003 10:19 AM
That´s really a hard decision to make!

Did I get you right, you can chose one day MW over 3 days PA? Then there is no question to go to PA.

However, I would suggest to spend just two days at the park and spend at least one day at BARCELONA which is, hands down, one of thee most beautiful cities of the world!

There is a trainstation next to PA from where you can get easily to Barcelona in about 70 minutes. Its quite cheap as well.

Of course, Dragon Kahn pales in comparison to Superman. There is as well no Batman in PA (but they are literally everywhere in the US).

But STAMPIDA makes up for this! WWW in Madrid is really not a ride to write home about. And make sure to ride TOMAHAWK (the kiddie woody, which is surprisingly good).

Tutuki Splash is nicely themed and there is as well an Arrow Minecoaster which is so bad, you just HAVE to ride it to believe it.

i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

Sunday, March 23, 2003 10:39 AM
i would say PA... as you can go to the themeparks, 1 day at the main park, 1/2 a day at the splash park and maybe 1 day at the beach or something. There is alot to do at port adventura... as well as considering the Spanish holiday time tables, alot of British and German people visit that area, although if they do not coincide, pick when the Spanish are at school:)

Sunday, March 23, 2003 5:46 PM
I've been to WBMW, and not Port Aventura. I would probably say Port Aventure but if you goto Madrid there is one thing going for you. Parc de Attractions (sp?) in Madrid. It is a nice park in the city with some decent rides. The only coaster of note is Tornado, an Intamin inverted, but the park has some other decent rides too.

**Rollercoaster Fanatic**

Sunday, March 23, 2003 10:59 PM
Parque de Atracciones is indeed a nice park, but not a park you spend an entire day in. Beware that the park usually doesn't open until 13:00, and closes around 26:00 (which is Spanish for 02:00). The park is relatively small, and has barely any queuelines. A nice bonus, but nothing compared to what PA has to offer you!

Dutch Coastin' :: European coasters, thrills and theming!

Monday, March 24, 2003 6:53 AM
IF you think about going to Barcelona and you decide you cannot live without a park for a day, then you have to check out the wonderful TIBIDABO.

Its a quite old amusement park (with quite old but unique attractions). Getting there is half the fun. First you board an old tram, the "tramvia blau" which brings you halfway up the Tibidabo mountain.

If you go in the afternoon hours, i would suggest to have a drink at one of the nicest bars around. I forgot the name, but you can´t miss it. It has huge panoramic windows and terraces which overlook the WHOLE of Barcelona. Its a perfect place to chill and get ready for the next part of your journey.

After a drink or two, it will help to be a little tipsy (just a little!), you board the old "funicular railway" (its next door to the bar). Its a tram that climbs the steep mountain with the aid of cogwheels! If you are lucky, the driver will pull some amazing tricks with the carriages. Its almost a thrillride!

Now you are ontop of the mountain. You´ll see a very nice cathedral which has the entrance of the amusement park right next to it! (this is probably the only place in the world where you can find this).

Well, as I said, the attractions are not the reason to go there. Its the whole experience which makes this one of my favourite amusement parks.

There is a very odd Rollercoaster, some flatrides (falling star, TopSpin), a powered coaster, a walk through horror house (with LOTS of live actors), and a flume. Then there are a few rides which date back to the 1920s. A captive airplane, a suspended gondola ride (which glides over neighboring gardens, where you might see people working or having a barbeque!) And then there is this old sightseeing wheel, which has you standing on a small platform. The whole thing shakes as people board in the station, while you are swinging on the opposite side, 110 ftin the air. NEVER EVER was I so horrified on ANY ride!

What makes this place so special, apart from the unique location, is the placement of the rides. The park has many, multilevelled terraces, which are all facing the city of Barcelona. We are talking about a height of more than 1000 ft (!) above the city!

You will never find a Zierer Wave Swinger that carries you over the edge of a mountain! The Top Spin is beautifully themed in MAYA style and its located so that you see the city upside down above you. Its pure magic!

Hmm, this is quite offtopic now, but I just can´t stop raving about this gem of a park.


i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

Monday, March 24, 2003 9:18 AM
I came across pictures of that the other day! It looked well.......unsafe.....but fun.

Anyway thanks for the info I'm lookin forward to goin to Port Aventura becasue thats where I think i'm heading to! I just hope the Spanish aren't on school holidays on the 9th, 10th and 11th of April!


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