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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Cyber.Fiber » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:03 pm

Just the other day while at Canada's Wonderland, my friend got kicked off Leviathan and Behemoth for size. She carries her weight through the hip and thigh area. I noticed that the seats slant backwards raising your thighs up past the hip so that the seat cradles you. The clamshells must lower down into the hip, but because of the position that the seat puts you in (thighs higher than hips) if your thighs are bigger the clamshell cannot be pushed down past the thighs becuase they are higher than the hip. I'll draw it up and post it in about an hour to give a visual of what I'm talking about.

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Postby fdelhomez » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:41 pm

chokeslamcena wrote:Hey fdelhomez,

Great to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the park (though 10 times in 2 days seems like overkill... Surely it can't be THAT good!?). Is the POV video from your first ride?

Also, seen as you have current-day experience with the coaster, would you care to give an opinion on the current discussion regarding seating? Did you see m/any people getting removed from the ride, or hear anything in relation to this (apparent) thigh/restraint issue?


Hi, yes that was our POV from the very first ride we get on Shambhala and it really was THAT good, it was my coaster number 113, and I easily rank it second behind EGF! And for the problem with the seat I Only see one guy removed from his seat because of his size (mean fat) if you look after my trip reports you'll see how fat I am (1m83 for 103 kg, let you do the weight translation ;-) ) and I was abble to ride it without any problem, compared to Raptor from Gardaland where I almost couldn't lock the seat belt it's way larger!
Hope that let's everybody know! The test seat is not referencing the good size to get on the ride, really!
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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Jivo » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:31 pm

Hi chokeslamcena, I'm that "Xavi" from Coaster Critic's FB comments (also known as Jivo or Bloggercoaster). And let me explain you my personal experience until today, to make clear my views on Shambhala.

I tried it out on the third day of operation, when it's assumed that a problem like this should have been resolved but "oh god!" It turned out to be a little hell. I tried to ride on 3 occasions and in different rows and seats, being expelled from Shambhala in all this attempts. I saw too that in each cycle they expelled 3 or 4 people per train, so it was not an isolated case of me.

After a few days I could talk to other park workers and ride-ops from Shambhala that indicated to me that the park received hundreds of complaints every day about it and that the ratio of expelled people was 16% (between 3 and 6 people in every cycle).

Apparently the park made ​​changes in operations and adjusted the harnesses, so I decided to try again a couple of weeks later and yes, I fit and could tasted the speed and hills of Shambhala!

Unfortunately that day it fell next to me a piece of metal (although in fact were two) and the park closed since then for a week Shambhala, apparently to change the lift chain and improve security of guests (there was some commotion on Twitter and Facebook, even Oriolat uploaded all the photos here, I think).

Fortunately, Shambhala now works perfectly (and great!) and it seems that the park has changed the measures of the seats to make it more "fat-friendly", although of course they can't violate the safety standards and probably still have people who can not ride it.

I only will give you two tips for your visit:

1) As fdelhomez says: don't pay a lot of attention to the test seat measures. The fact that makes you fit or not (if you are a little width of thighs) is really the effectiveness of the ride-op checking the harness, not really the sit measures.

2) The queue time in Shambhala is like a lottery. Maybe 10 minutes, maybe 3 hours. It depends on the number of trains (this is not Silverstar and they don't put on track the three trains from early in the day :( ), if the park is crowded or not on your visiting day (given that we are in summer season is more likely to be) and more random aspects such as weather or the cuts in operation (thing that is quite common in PortAventura).

Anyway, I think I've said all I had to say, anyway this week i will do a big review in Bloggercoaster so if you want more info, you know where to find it :airtime:

Have a nice visit!!!

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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby chokeslamcena » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:04 pm

Fabien, you don't look very heavy at all (and 103kg isn't overly big, either, so I'd have been surprised if you'd gotten issues). I love that you really seem to be enjoying yourself in the video though.


Xavi, it's great that you're here. I was actually going to send you a message on Facebook (but thought I'd better not, incase I just ended up annoying you).

I don't particularly mind queuing up for a long period of time, but we'll be there in late September, so I'm hoping that the park won't be too busy during that time (though I don't mind. Last time we went was in October, and the first day we went, coincided with a Spanish holiday, and we queued 3 hours for Furius Baco. The second day we went, we were on it in less than 10 minutes, and the same for the rest of the park. It was very quiet).


It's a great relief to hear that the park made adjustments to the ride to allow it to cater for more people (and larger people). I do realise it's a security measure they have to take, in the interest of people's safety, but when I looked through your Facebook photographs, and I seen the size of you (you seem very average weight, I wouldn't consider you big at all) I was horrified to think someone of your size could be removed from the ride.

16% is a massive number for a roller coaster (in my opinion). To be honest, all I'd like to be assured of is that if someone can fit in (but not exceed) the seats of Furius Baco or Dragon Khan, that they will also fit into Shambhala (this would resolve my issue as I know my friend can ride those).

You've obviously ridden on Baco and Khan, when you (eventually) got to ride Shambhala, did you find there was much of a difference in seating (was it a significantly tighter fit, for example?).

I will keep my eyes peeled on Bloggercoaster for some Shambhala related news. From what I've seen of your site (I won't pretend that I've read it all, but I have taken a good look at it) you seem to provide pretty decent coverage and go in-depth (which is always a bonus).

Cheers for posting on this thread, Xavi! :)

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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Dj-Javixxxxx » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:54 am

Just to make some comments:

- The problem with the harnesses has been minimized, and in fact, the number of people who can't ride has been significantly decreased. Ride CM's have also improved the way they close the harnesses.

- Before ride, be sure you check the seat outside the main queue. Keeping the head back to the seat while raisings the knees will help to close the harness.

To add some freshly news, the 30th of June was PortAventura's first White Night, featuring extended opening hours from 10am to 04am (18h of fun!). During the day, Shambhala's queue was from 1h to 1h 45min. In the night, it increased to more than 2h!

Even the park was flooded with people, it was a great new experience. The park also added new street animation (flamenco, music bands, capoeira, foam party, batukada, electronic music with DJ Ernest Codina...). FiestAventura (PortAventura's night show) was performed at 03:30 am.

Here is a little video that I made with some photos. Enjoy!


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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Prinston » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:32 am

Hi! Here I bring you some photos which I taked a few days ago in my yearly visit to PortAventura. I hope you'll like them.

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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby 6flagsbrad » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:45 am

Those photos are simply amazing! This park looks so beautiful.

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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Werner » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:31 pm

Those are some really great photo's of Port Aventura! Can't wait for my summer holiday to start, and finally taking my 'real' camera to this amazing park! :mickey:
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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby TDR62 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:24 pm

Some of those Photos are really nice (some could do with a bit of WB adjustment), making me look forward to my trip at the end of the month even more.

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Re: PortAventura Discussion Thread

Postby Noxegon » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:32 am

A quick review of Shambhala...

Considerably more intense than than Silver Star with some great floating airtime.It does have a bit of a B&M rattle though, and having assigned seating sucks -- especially when front row is basically reserved for those on the top of the line express pass.

Is it a number one? No. Is it the new best hyper in Europe? Depends on whether you like Expedition GeForce or not.

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