Dragon Khan, PortAventura, Spain


Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 4/5


This rollercoaster throws you around A LOT. It goes upside-down eight times (if you haven’t read the facts) so you feel dizzy at the end. I think the best part is the first and biggest (vertical) loop. The other types of loop are a diving loop, a zero-G roll and a cobra roll, then there are two interlocking corkscrews.


Launched 2 May 1995

Cost $10 million

Duration 1 min 45 seconds

Maximum speed 65mph (105kph)

Maximum height 45 metres

Maximum drop 49 metres

G force 4.7

Inversions 8


Shambhala, PortAventura, Spain


Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 5/5

Vertigo factor 5/5

Overall 5/5


I was really excited about this rollercoaster because it had only been open for 4 months when I rode it, and it’s the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in Europe, with the longest drop. The reason it’s called Shambhala: Expedition to the Himalayas is that the drops are like mountains. It also crosses the neighbouring rollercoaster Dragon Khan several times. My dad nearly didn’t go on it because he had been watching YouTubes of it and he scared himself. At the end of the first drop it felt as if the tunnel was going to chop my head off. I think it was an optical illusion.


Launched 12 May 2012

Cost €25 million

Duration 3 mins

Maximum speed 83.3mph (134kph)

Maximum height 76 metres

Maximum drop 78 metres

G force 3.8

Inversions 0