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PortAventura Park
Location Salou and Vila-seca, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Park section China
Status Operating since May 12, 2012
Cost €25,000,000
Height restriction 140 cm (55 inches)
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Hyper
Model / product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1680
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height249.3 feet
Drop255.9 feet
Top speed83.3 mph
Length5,131.3 feet
Steepest drop77.4°
G-force3.8 g
Onsite construction: RCS GmbHHELP
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Shambhala is a steel hyper roller coaster located at PortAventura Park in Salou and Vila-seca, 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]

The ride is located in the park's China themed area and intersects with Dragon Khan, 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 | 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 degree 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 and another tunnel. The ride ends with two more camelbacks and a 180 degree turn into the station.

Design[edit | edit source]


Trains[edit | edit source]

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