PortAventura’s Shambhala to be Europe’s Tallest Roller Coaster

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Europe’s Tallest Roller Coaster to Open at PortAventura in 2012
Shambhala Roller Coaster - PortAventura Park - SpainPortAventura Park (An hour from Barcelona, Spain) is already home to popular coasters like the Intamin launch coaster Furius Baco and the former inversion king Dragon Khan. Soon, it will also boast, Europe’s tallest roller coaster when it opens Shambhala. Located in the park’s Chinese section, the B&M hyper coaster will have a Tibetan excursion theme.

Shambhala – PortAventura’s New B&M Hyper Coaster
Guests will brave a 249′ 4″ (76 meters) tall lift hill followed by a 255′ 11″ (78 meters) drop into a tunnel. After the plunge, the trains will reach a blistering 83 mph (134 km/h). Then guests will be treated to 5 airtime hills along what’s being described as an out and back layout. Shambhala take the title of Europe’s tallest from another B&M hyper (Europa Park’s Silver Star) by about 10 feet.  Silver Star had the height crown for nearly a decade.

Read more about Shambhala at PortAventura. I haven’t been able to find an animated POV video or even a teaser, but this video will at least show you what the rest of the park looks like. You can skip to about 50 seconds or just watch the whole thing and enjoy Spanish-speaking Ernie:

Also check BloggerCoaster.com’s PortAventura coverage periodically. He’s got a lot on that park including the very first images of Shambhala pieces at the park.

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  1. Need… POV… Must… Find…

  2. Yep I'm going to Spain in 2013. Guess what will be my first stop in that country. : )

  3. I just can't wait to see the construction, and eventually pov.

  4. This looks good. There may not be an official pov yet, but a person did a no limits simulation based on the coaster plane. Here is the link: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.ph

    • Yay! POV! It looks awsome. 🙂

  5. Is it just me, or are there a lot of hyper coasters going up in 2012?

    • truee; but moreso Im really seeing B&M coasters a lot more than others. B&M always been popular but some of the main BIG attractions are coming from bandm; for example Leviathan and this and that inverted coaster in park asterix. 2012 must be b&m's year! 🙂

  6. Its about time Europe got a new tallest. I was starting to think Silver Star would be tallest forever.

  7. With this coaster, PortAventura will have the tallest in Europe(Shambhala), the second and third fastest ( Furious Baco and Shambhala, respectevly) and the second with most inversions (Dragon Khan). Please, post more!!!

  8. Im looking forward to seeing this ride; port aventura seems to have quite a few solid rides like Dragon Khan and Furious Baco. I have no doubt this will be amazing! 🙂

  9. Looks great, must try and get to PA


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