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Shambhala

Shambhala

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Shambhala
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PortAventura Park
Location Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Park section China
Status Operating since May 12, 2012
Cost €25,000,000 ($34,500,000 USD)
Height restriction 140 cm (55 inches)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Onsite construction RCS GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Model / product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1680
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height76 metres
Drop78 metres
Top speed134 km/h
Length1564 metres
Inversions0
Steepest drop77.4°
Duration3:00
G-force3.8 g
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Shambhala is a steel hyper roller coaster located at PortAventura Park in Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and onsite construction was handled by RCS GmbH. It opened on May 12, 2012. It was Europe's tallest coaster from opening until 2017, when Ferrari Land's Red Force opened at a height of 367.3 feet.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Shambhala is the name of a mythical kingdom used in ancient texts.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

The ride is located in the park's China themed area and intersects with Dragon Khan, crossing it several times. The ride goes past a lake with fountains and a pedestrian pathway.

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

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train. The trains have staggered seating, first used on Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland, in 2008.

Layout[edit | edit source]

After leaving the station, the train turns 90 degrees to the right, then begins to climb the 249.3 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° angle, reaching speeds of 83.3 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. The ride ends with two more camelbacks and a 180 degree turn into the station.