Furious Baco, PortAventura, Spain

Copyright: Rhonda Carrier

Copyright: Rhonda Carrier

Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 4/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 2/5

Overall 2/5

MY VERDICT

I don’t rate this ride very highly because it is like Rita at Alton Towers – it goes too fast and is over too quickly (about 30 seconds once the pre-show is over). It is a bit better than Rita, though, because it goes upside-down. Furious Baco goes very fast – from 0–84mph in 3.5 seconds! – so it’s definitely an eat-my-dust kind of rollercoaster.

WARNING: If you are just over 1.4 metres tall, like me, you will probably get a headache from being bashed around!

STATS

Launched 5 June 2007

Cost €15 million

Duration 55 secs

Maximum speed 84mph (135kph)

Maximum height 14 metres

Maximum drop n/a

G force 4.7

Inversions 1

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Dragon Khan, PortAventura, Spain


RATINGS

Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 4/5

MY VERDICT

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.

STATS

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

RATINGS

Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 5/5

Vertigo factor 5/5

Overall 5/5

MY VERDICT

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.

STATS

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

Muntanya Russa, Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

RATINGS

Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 4/5

Overall 2/5

MY VERDICT

Tibidabo isn’t a themepark, it’s an amusement park overlooking Barcelona. The Muntanya Russa (which means ‘rollercoaster’ in Catalan) is on top of a big hill (so is the amusement park), so when you go down the drop, it looks like you’re gonna go WAAAGH down to crash into the city. Then it does a sharp turn and snakes though the woods very fast.

See more on Tibidabo and our family break in Barcelona.

STATS

Launched 23 December 2008

Cost €3 million

Duration 1 min 13 secs

Maximum speed 49.7mph (80kph)

Maximum height 25 metres (522 metres above sea level)

Maximum drop 31 metres

G force 3.5

Inversions 0