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Shambhala

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Shambhala
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PortAventura Park
Location Salou, Tarragona, Spain
Status Operating since May 12, 2012
Cost €25,000,000

($34,500,000USD aprox.)

Height restriction 55 inches (140 cm)

Max:83 inches (210 cm)

Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Hyper
Model / product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1680
Propulsion Chain lift hill hill
Height249 feet
Drop256 feet
Top speed83.3 mph
Length5,131 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop77.4°
Duration3:00
G-force3.8G Min: -0.5G
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Shambhala is a steel hyper roller coaster located at PortAventura Park in Salou, Tarragona, Spain. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and on-site construction was handled by RCS GmbH. It opened on May 12, 2012. Shambhala is the tallest hypercoaster and second-longest roller coaster in Europe. It is also currently Europe's tallest coaster. However, the ride will only hold the height record until 2017, when Ferrari Land's Red Force opens at a height of 367 feet.

Design[edit]

The ride is located in the park's China themed area and intersects with the Dragon Khan roller coaster, crossing it several times. Due to the ride's length, it extends up to the Polynesia area. The ride goes past a lake with fountains and a pedestrian pathway.

The ride has cyan rails, white track and dark grey supports.

Layout[edit]

After leaving the station, the train turns 90 degrees to the right, then begins to climb the 249 feet tall chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top of the lift, the train drops back down to the ground on a 77.4 degree angle reaching speeds of 83 mph and passing through a tunnel. Following the first drop, the track curves upwards into a 190 feet airtime hill before dropping again and racing through a sweeping high-speed ampersand-shaped helix. Following this comes some small-size camelbacks and a big splash after a drop and another tunnel. The ride ends with two more camelbacks and a 180 degree turn into the station.

Trains[edit]

The trains have staggered seating, first used on Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland, in 2008.

Awards[edit]

Shambhala entered as the sixth best steel roller coaster in the 2012 Best Roller Coaster Poll.

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Steel
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References[edit]

  1. Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999 - 2013) - Best Roller Coaster Poll