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A must for people of all ages is the PortAventura Theme Park. It was formerly part of the Universal Parks & resorts, theme park division of NBCUniversal, but this link was dropped in 2005. The mascot of the park Woody the Woodpecker however, was kept and, as with Disney and the Disney characters, you will see Woody, Mrs Woody, Sesame Street characters and other mascots around the park for picture opportunities. They also appear in the evening parade just before the FiestAventura water spectacle at closing time.
PortAventura is just a short distance from the centre of Salou (The noddy train will take you there) and is one hour from Barcelona. The theme park is part of a resort which consist of a major theme park, water park, four hotels and a convention centre.
The park is quite large and cannot be fully experienced in a single day, if you are big on rides and shows then you may want to go for 3 days, 2 days is a good minimum to really experience as much on offer as possible. The shows are on at various times, these times change depending on whether it's low/mid or high seasons, there are more shows in high season but it's pretty impossible to see them all in a single day. During low/mid season only half of the snack shops are open.
The park is divided into countries - Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico, and the Far West.
The park's theme until recently has only consisted of different countries, but now includes a children's area called SesamoAventura.
Mediterrania is the main entrance area of the park, it features two rides but there are several restaurants and shops reproducing a typical coastal town in Catalonia. The area is home to the Firework show during the summer called FiestAventura when the park opens until midnight. The area is home to a popular ride called Furius Baco a intamin accelerator roller coaster.
Polynesia is home to a major water ride called tutuki splash and a 4D theatre. The area also includes shows.
China is home to the tallest and fastest ride in Europe - Shambhala. This amazing rollercoaster, which is new for summer 2012, is based on an expedition to the Himalayas and will leave you breathless! China is also home to Dragon Khan. With 8 loops this is one of the most thrilling rides in Europe. Even out of season the queues can be very long.
Mexico includes popular ride called Hurakan Condor, which is a freefall ride operated by a cable lift and the other popular attraction is the Temple del fuego, which is a walkthrough attraction with a high level of pyrotechnics.
Far West has 9 attractions which makes it the biggest area in the park, these include: water rides; Silver River Flume and Grand Canyon Rapids. The two roller coasters are: Stampida - This dueling Wooden roller coaster is the second largest roller coaster in the park. Tomahawk is a junior version of Stampida.
SesamoAventura is new for 2011, the theming is based on the TV series sesame street and is therefore catered for children. As well as having rides for kids, it also has restaurants and also it's own station meaning you could spend the whole day here as a family.
The admission rates are comparable with most theme parks but there are special offers to be had if you book online. There are reduced rates if you also want to visit the Water Park (PortAventura Aquatic Park). There are also evening rates from 7pm-midnight during the summer check calendar and rates on the website for exact information.
Horror takes over the whole park during the celebrations for Halloween at PortAventura. Zombies, skulls, mummies and skeletons invade the park during the months of October and November so you can be the star in an amazing experience. At Halloween, PortAventura dresses up for the occasion so you will feel fear like never before. Don't miss it and enjoy the theme park at Halloween!
Special occasions at the park are Halloween and Christmas.
Salou wears its best and welcomes you to Christmas in PortAventura. The whole theme park in Christmas will be full of excitement and surprises. You'll enjoy an authentic Christmas holiday with your family at PortAventura at Christmas like you've never before. With stunning Christmas decor, full of wonderful lights and special ornaments, Christmas at PortAventura offers you a myriad of choices to live the warmest moments. Live all the experiences that the theme park has to offer you and lose yourself in the wonder of these Christmas holidays. Enjoy all the shows and have fun with the little ones in these unforgettable Christmas holidays with your family. You will live wonderful moments to treasure. You will never forget Christmas at PortAventura!
The fast passes are available to purchase for the biggest rides. These are only available to purchase in the park.
If you stay at the Hotel El Paso you can get "Fast Passes " in the Hotel at a much reduced rate.
There are numerous restaurants and kiosks dotted all over the park, however please remember that prices are going to be higher than those in salou establishments.
The attached website gives all the information you are likely to need.
The Link below gives details of the different height restrictions for every ride in Portaventura.