PortAventura: General Discussion

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by DynamiteDaly, 15th Jun 2012.

  1. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    A theme park is the last place I would want to be on Christmas Day but have no problem with them opening.

    I've worked a Boxing Day at a park, that was fine.
     
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    Correct.

    In regards to Christmas Day, there is certainly a big demand for visiting parks on this day. It’s regularly Disney’s busiest day of the year, with phased park closings, which happened in California this year.

    I guess PA will have looked at their hotel occupancy during times when the parks are closed and seen an opportunity to increase revenue (albeit some of their hotels close at different times if the year anyway).
     
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    Disney parks are often full on Xmas Day so there is obviously a market for it.

    It's not for me though but then I think English tradition at Xmas is kind of drummed into us. We gather with family, we eat Turkey and Chocolates, we watch the Queen say her piece or not depending on how you feel about the Royals, we watch films and basically sit around all day chilling out. Oh and we drink lots of beer and wine
     
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    As has already been said, a lot of Spanish people tend to celebrate on 6th January as opposed to 25th December; I know it's certainly when children get their presents in Spain, as we had to do a whole block on Spanish festivals as part of our Spanish GCSE.

    As for PortAventura opening on Christmas Day; most year-round parks do, and most year-round parks do still seem to generate a decent amount of business on Christmas Day. I think the idea of spending Christmas at a theme park is more popular than you'd expect; I've known people who spent Christmas at Walt Disney World, for example.
     
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    That's my understanding too. Like I said above they also like to eat with family on Xmas Eve evening and being British and not knowing the local customs we felt somewhat under dressed when in the Colorado Creek buffet that night. I felt more relaxed about the situation though after the free alcohol they served.
     
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    Is that where the three venture capitalists arrive from Madrid bearing gifts of capital, equity and residual liabilities?
     
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    Theme parks, water parks and zoos in Spain and Canaries are always open on Christmas Day.

    Edit: just seen lots of others said this already!
     
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    We've booked 10 days at end of July. Family holiday and staying on site.

    We know it's going to be very busy but so what. Think I will be making the most of it. Early morning rides on Red Force and Shambhala. Relax around pool in afternoon.
     
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    Get the express pass, when your staying onsite you can get one what is unlimited for your whole stay for around €70. It’s really worth it! I always get it when staying onsite.
     
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    New for 2020 / 25th Anniversary

    Details for PortAventura's 25th Anniversary have started to emerge online in preparation for the new season in March, this will mark the start of PortAventura's continuous 365 days a year opening calendar!

    NEW: Easter Celebration!

    For the first time PortAventura will be be celebrating Easter with the new Easter Celebration! event in PortAventura Park. SesamoAventura will be decked out with Easter decorations as well as activities such as egg decorating and themed character meet 'n' greets.

    NEW: Shrek: The Musical!
    Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona return to PortAventura in 2020 (after appearing as a meet 'n' greet during Christmas) in a new musical show at the Temple Magic Jing-Chou in China.

    NEW: Daytime Lagoon Show (Name yet to be released)
    Pyrotechnic show on the Mediterrania Lagoon.

    NEW: BMX Stunt Show
    Stunt show in Ferrari Land.

    NEW: 25th Anniversary Show
    Musical in Grand Teatre Imperial.

    NEW: 25th Anniversary Party
    (Details yet to be released)

    NEW: Show at Plaza Imperial
    (Details yet to be released)

    NEW: FiestAventura 25th Anniversary Special
    FiestAventura is set to be renewed with new theming, floats and special effects when the show returns this summer with a 25th Anniversary overlay.

    NEW: Oscar the Grouch Meet 'n' Greet
    In addition to Sesame Street characters, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Trixie, The Count, Cookie Monster and last years arrival Big Bird, this year Oscar will join his pals in SesamoAventura.

    Other news, additions and events are expected to be released on the run up to the 25th Anniversary and throughout the year...


     
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    PortAventura Express Update

    This year PortAventura are changing the way PortAventura Express is offered to hotel guests, the following Hotels and room types will have certain Express packages included in their booking at no extra cost.

    PortAventura Express Max (One ride on each Express attraction)

    • Hotel Colorado Creek ****P Bedrooms
    • Hotel 'The Callaghan's' ****P Bedrooms
    • PortAventura Dream Village ****E Suites
    PortAventura Express Premium (Unlimited rides on each Express attraction)
    • Hotel Mansion De Lucy ***** Bedrooms & Suites
    • Club San Juan ***** Suites
    • Hotel PortAventura ****S Suites
    • Hotel El Paso **** Deluxe Woody & Friends Suites
    PortAventura Express Ferrari Land (One ride on each Express attraction)
    • Hotel Mansion De Lucy ***** Bedrooms & Suites
     
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    So The Callaghan's no longer includes unlimited Express? Even less of a reason to return! Next we'll be told that there's no cava on the breakfast!!
     
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    Well you did all moan that too many people had express, you got what you wished for! :sunglasses:
     
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    I had no idea the full names of the hotels were so filthy!
     
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    They're probably suggestions to use when PortAventura have cocked up your restaurant, hotel and/or spa reservation.
     
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    The fastrack mess at PA is pretty much beyond fixing at this point. I wouldn't entertain the idea of visiting PA without using it as the queues at that place are such an abject misery even at relatively off-peak times, so the best outcome at this point is they don't increase the amount they sell any further so the FT queues don't get any longer.

    They could probably reduce the amount of unlimited FT they sell significantly but still have to run rides at 50% FT, so reducing allocations would offen not help the main queues at all.
     
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    I'm going to be there for a week at the end of May but we're now staying offsite so won't get any of these perks anyway. Seriously looking forward to finally getting on Red Force. I need it to complete the set as I have ridden the two Strata's in the states despite being further away.

    Shambhala will no doubt creep back up my top ten as well after getting back on it for first time in ages. Best hyper I Have ridden I would say.
     
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    @Benjsh What influenced your decision to stay off site? Just curious.
     
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    Family holiday so we won't be going to the parks everyday. Want a good 4/5 days chilling doing nothing. In fact I think we're going to opt for just the two day tickets tbh. Plenty of time to get some rides in. My lad will only be 6 too so won't be getting on any of the big rides just yet. Shambhala single rider line will be getting hammered a fair bit. YES!
     
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    Isn't Red Force technically a Giga coaster?Strata just refers to it being a complete circuit coaster of 400 feet or more.
     

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