Rarely do American theme park and entertainment firms and their European parks achieve success. However, managing theme parks in varied markets no longer appears to be as challenging as it once was. Recent speculation, particularly in the Spanish and European theme park communities, suggests that Universal may return to the resort it operated from 1998 to 2004. Let’s examine what is known and what is rumored about the potential return of Universal’s PortAventura/Universal Mediterranea.Continue reading “Will Universal Return to PortAventura?”
When Port Aventura debuted in 1995, the park’s focus on natural and historic beauty earned it a reputation as one of the top parks in the world. Twenty years and several management changes later, the resort was poised to bring a second gate online; the theme – of all things – an automobile company. Conceptually shallow and profoundly indulgent, Ferrari Land gave PortAventura fans whiplash from the day it was announced – but was it really as bad as it seemed?Continue reading “Ferrari Land: An Honest Review”
There’s nothing more coveted by coaster enthusiasts than an amazing night ride on one of their favorite coasters. As we get into the Halloween season many parks are staying open later. So we thought we’d rank what we consider the ten best parks for night rides. Get ready to add some evening park visits to your bucket list!Continue reading “The Ten Best Parks for Night Rides”
Today, with the eighth article, our Spanish Theme Park History series comes to an end. During five months we’ve dived into the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks, some of which no longer exist, and some others are still operating and receiving guests nowadays. We’ve traveled in time through 168 years in theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. In this last article of the series, we’ll focus on four different theme parks: Siam Park, Ferrari Land, Horrorland, and Puy du Fou. It has been a pleasure to travel in the Spanish Theme Park History with all of you!Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 8: Siam Park, Ferrari Land, Horrorland & Puy du Fou”
It’s safe to say that 2021 is a huge year for the UK theme park industry. There have been new additions across the UK such as The World of David Walliams, Croc Drop and of course Tornado Springs (read our article here). However, one of the most exciting additions will open this Saturday (29th May) at Legoland Windsor Resort. We were so lucky to be able to explore LEGO Mythica before it opened to the public and would love to share a first look with you. Warning: this article contains spoilers!Continue reading “Mythica- Legoland Windsor: A first look”
Today we’ll continue our series about the Spanish Theme Park History with the seventh article. Every two weeks we’re publishing one of eight articles about the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist, but some others are still operating and receiving guests nowadays. In this series, we travel in time through 168 years in theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. In this article we’ll focus on Parque Warner, the second-largest Spanish theme park.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 7: Parque Warner”
After a little break, today we’ll continue our series about the Spanish Theme Park History with the fifth article. Every two weeks we’re publishing one of eight articles about the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist, but some others are still operating and receiving guests nowadays. In this series, we travel in time through 168 years in theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. In this article we’ll focus on PortAventura, the very first theme park of Spain and the only Universal park that has ever existed in Europe.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 5: PortAventura”
Today we’re starting a new series about Spanish Theme Park History. This eight part series will be released bi-weekly. Come back every other week for another article! We’ll be covering the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist and others are still operating and receiving guests. In this series, we’ll travel through 168 years of theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. Today we’ll focus on Camps Elisis, the first Spanish amusement park.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 1: Camps Elisis”
We’ve already published quite a few top rankings this month but this one could of course not be excluded. After our Top 10 of 2018, the coaster landscape in Europe has changed quite a bit. That’s why we expanded to a Top 20 instead! Continue reading “Europe Top 20 Coasters – 2020”
Alex: Months after its original opening date, PortAventura has opened its doors this week with tons of new COVID-19 preventive measures. A light celebration of its 25th Anniversary that has been obviously cut down due to other important issues taking place right now. Let’s take a look at the first day of the season!
Alex: One of Europe’s most anticipated new rides this season opened its gates just this weekend at PortAventura! We were there to discover the first dark ride at the park.
Alex: Now that the new European record-breaker rollercoaster Red Force has opened meters away from Shambhala, let’s review this huge B&M hypercoaster which held the record of the tallest coaster in Europe for 5 years! Continue reading “Ride Review: Shambhala – PortAventura”
Alex: Last weekend Ferrari Land, one of the main projects for 2017 in Europe, opened. Despite the hype I had for the park, it felt as such a disappointment. Why? Where to start…
Last week we brought you our very first Ferrari Land update, and it spread around the internet very quickly! A week later, and we’re back for more! A lot of progress has been made, and the all-new coaster ‘Formula’ is shaping up quite nicely. Join us as we take a look at PortAventura’s gigantic new 2017 addition! Continue reading “Ferrari Land – Construction Update – February 14th 2016”
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What better way to start off our European coverage than with the construction of Europe’s tallest and fastest coaster coming to Ferrari Land at PortAventura in 2017? Continue reading “Ferrari Land – Construction Update – February 8th 2016”