|Slogan||Parks & Resort|
|Coordinates|| / 41.08472; 1.15139 / 41.08472; 1.15139|
|General Manager||Sergio Feder|
|Opened||May 1, 1995; 22 years ago (1995-05-01)|
|Previous names||Port Aventura
Universal's Port Aventura
Universal Studios PortAventura
|Operating season||Spring through winter|
PortAventura World is an entertainment resort in Salou, Tarragona, on the Costa Daurada in Spain. It was built around the PortAventura theme park, which attracts around 4 million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in Spain and the sixth most visited theme park in Europe. The resort include a second theme park, Ferrari Land, since 2017 and also includes PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park and six hotels. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe. It has two airports within 30 minutes of it, including Reus Airport. There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona and Salou.
It was conceived and built as a joint effort by a Spanish Consortium and Anheuser-Busch (Busch Entertainment Corporation). When some of the Spanish Partners left the consortium the Tussauds Group replaced them as investors, finished the development and became the first operators. In 1997, Universal bought up most shares in the park and the park was rebranded as 'Universal's Port Aventura', which made as the first Universal Studios Theme Park in Europe. In 2000, two hotels and a water park (Costa Caribe) were constructed, and the resort was further rebranded as 'Universal Mediterranea'. In 2004, NBC Universal (Universal Studios' parent) sold all interest in PortAventura. It is now owned and operated by La Caixa banking group's investment vehicle Criteria, but as of 2005 the Universal name has been dropped from the branding, and the resort was once again named 'PortAventura' (the space in the name is deliberately left out for trademark reasons). In December 2013 KKR picks up 49.9% stake in PortAventura from Investindustrial that still owns 50.1%.
The second theme park, Ferrari Land, was inaugurated on April 7, 2017.
The park features five theme areas based on civilizations (Mediterrània, Far West, México, China and Polynesia), and one theme area based on Sesame Street, which was opened for the 2011 season of the park.
Mediterrània is the main entrance area of the park it features three rides but there are several restaurants and shops reproducing a typical coastal town in Catalonia.
Themed as an old wild west town, this area features many western buildings and sculptures. The area boasts nine attractions which makes it the biggest area in the park. Other attractions in this area includes a wild west version of Break Dance ride and Dodgems.
The area is also home to these thrill rides:
This area is themed exclusively on pre-Columbian Mexico, Mayan Mexico. It features temples, statues and a Great Piramide that is the entrance to the Gran Teatro Maya, the biggest show zone of the park.
China is one of the biggest theme lands of the park – The area includes a Chinese buffet called Marco Polo with a good range of dishes available. The main path through the area is themed in the same style as the Great Wall of China.
The rides are:
The Polynesian area is different from the other rides in the park as it is a more laid back area with less thrilling rides. Polynesia is home to two shows and a few attractions. Polynesia is one of the smallest themed areas.
The two main rides in the area are:
There is a submarine over a pool as part of queue line theming.
For the 2017 season, this has been rebranded as Dino 4D. The ride is based around a Jurassic Park Jeep journey which takes a turn for the worse, resulting in the need to escape from the dinosoars on the loose.
Themed to the Sesame Street characters, this area is aimed for the younger visitors of the park. It opened for the 2011 season, and it was built between China and Polynesia in former lands of the Polynesia area, maintaining some of its attractions. The investment was around €12 million. PortAventura joined Universal Studios Japan and Busch Gardens with an area dedicated to Sesame Street, being the only theme park in Europe.
It is home to 11 rides including:
The shows: It is also home to two shows and street animation starring Ernie, Bert, Elmo and company.
InvestIndustrial and Ferrari signed a deal to build a new area themed to the Italian sports car brand in the PortAventura resort covering 75,000 m2, including new rides, a 250-room hotel with restaurants, shops and car racing simulators. Ferrari Land will be a new theme park, separate from PortAventura Park. Its entrance will be adjacent to PortAventura Park's main entrance. The Mediterranean theme will be common to both entrances, as Ferrari Land will also be inspired by Italy, including recreations of Venice's Piazza San Marco and Rome's Colosseum. The main ride of Ferrari Land will be a 112 m tall vertical accelerator coaster that will surpass Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya as the tallest coaster in Europe and will also be the fastest coaster in Europe. The park is expected to open on April 7, 2017, after an investment of more than €100 million.
Ferrari Land will be the second amusement centre themed to Ferrari in the world, after Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi.
|Shambhala||Bolliger & Mabillard||83 miles per hour (134 km/h)||249 feet (76 m)||05,410 feet (1,650 m)||China||2012|
|Dragon Khan||Bolliger & Mabillard||65 miles per hour (105 km/h)||148 feet (45 m)||04,165 feet (1,269 m)||China||1995|
|Furius Baco||Intamin||83.9 miles per hour (135.0 km/h)||015 feet (4.6 m)||02,789 feet (850 m)||Mediterranean||2007|
|Red Force||Intamin||112 mph (180km/h)||367 feet (112m)||200 m||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Stampida||CCI||46 miles per hour (74 km/h)||084 feet (26 m)||03,127 feet (953 m)||Far West||1997|
|Tomahawk||CCI||30 miles per hour (48 km/h)||044 feet (13 m)||01,444 feet (440 m)||Far West||1997|
|El Diablo - Tren de la Mina||Arrow Dynamics||37 miles per hour (60 km/h)||054 feet (16 m)||03,306 feet (1,008 m)||Mexico||1995|
|Tami Tami||Vekoma||21.7 miles per hour (34.9 km/h)||028 feet (8.5 m)||00,679 feet (207 m)||Sesamo Aventura||1998|
|Flying Dreams||Brogent||N/A||N/A||N/A||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Hurakan Condor||Intamin||330 feet (100 m)||71.4 miles per hour (114.9 km/h)||370 feet (110 m)||Mexico||2005|
|Maranello Grand Race||N/A||N/A||N/A||570 m||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Thrill Towers||S&S Worldwide||180 feet (55 m)||N/A||N/A||Ferrari Land||2017|
|Tutuki Splash||Intamin||35 miles per hour (56 km/h)||045 feet (14 m)||01,438 feet (438 m)||Polynesia||1995|
|Silver River Flume||Mack Rides||35 miles per hour (56 km/h)||050 feet (15 m)||02,260 feet (690 m)||Far West||1995|
|Grand Canyon Rapids||Intamin||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||Far West||1995|
|Canoes||Zamperla||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||Polynesia||1995|
|Angkor||Mack Rides||10 miles per hour (16 km/h)||–||02,800 feet (850 m)||China||2014|
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park is a water park which is adjacent to PortAventura Park. It has an area of 50,000 m2, which includes 16 attractions and slides, as well as over 8,500 m2 of water-covered surface area. It is themed to the Caribbean, with beaches, palm trees, and Latin and reggae music, and it also includes shops and restaurants.
During seasonal events like summer nights, Halloween (September–November) and Christmas (November–January), PortAventura Park opens seasonal walkaround rides or shows, including the mazes: [REC], Horror in Penitence, La Selva del Miedo and the nighttime Halloween show Horror en el Lago.
The resort features six thematic hotels:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Port Aventura.|
Universal Parks & Resorts