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Local Newspaper "Diari de Tarragona" states that PortAventura World is set to re-open in July (day TBA) after the end of the state of alarm in Spain caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, with changes that are yet to be disclosed. Presumably strong sanitary measures will be taken in order to fulfil the resort's goal of being recognized as a safe destination in the country.

 

Link (spanish):

https://www.diaridetarragona.com/costa/PortAventura-se-prepara-para-abrir-de-nuevo-en-julio-20200525-0047.html

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Apparently, PortAventura in partnership with LaLiga (Spain's professional football league) have decided to open a new land/park themed to football (soccer, for Americans).

 

These news come a bit as a shock as no one was expecting this move on their part, not even die-hard PA fans.

 

Here is the link to the article in Spanish: https://www.lavanguardia.com/economia/20200913/483444069204/portaventura-laliga-futbol-egames-gamers.html

 

And here is the link to a video in Spanish talking about The Beat Challenge (an experience similar to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom) that will be available throughout the property: https://videos.elmundo.es/v/0_sybz267u-del-cesped-al-parque-de-atracciones-laliga-sigue-la-senda-de-disney-la-nba-y-ferrari?count=0

 

Thi is a bold movement, to say the least. FerrariLand (which opened in 2017) has been underperforming and doesn't even feel like a half-day park, yet management wants to invest money on a fourth gate. What do you think?

 

On the one hand, sports, football and LaLiga, are extremely popular, so it seems like a great move from a business perspective. Football has such a huge fanbase among Spaniards (it would be the equivalent to NBA in the US or even Nascar), so I am sure this will get people talking and speculating, as the idea seems innovative. If only we got something as cool as Kennywood did with Steel Curtain lol

 

On the other hand, if a well-established brand like Ferrari couldn't pull off a decent park, how can LaLiga (which has no connection whatosever with parks) think they will be up to the challenge? I am really skeptical about this project.

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I have to agree with you, it seems odd to open a fourth gate when Ferrari Land isn't a full day park, or a even a half day park. When we visited last year, we went straight to Red Force and then did the drop towers. Nothing else in the park really caught our eye, so we headed back to PA after those two rides. We did go back later in the day for more rides on Red Force (the line was only about 20 minutes around 5pm), but there really isn't any must-dos at the park besides Red Force. It would make more sense to have LaLiga be a land within Ferrari Land, as that would really help fill out the park.

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Wait the first time I read about this I figured it was just a restaurant and some digital experience not entire new gate, that confuses me even more then the beginning. I wonder how this will will turn out for them as I don't understand the move at all.

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I have to agree with you, it seems odd to open a fourth gate when Ferrari Land isn't a full day park, or a even a half day park. When we visited last year, we went straight to Red Force and then did the drop towers. Nothing else in the park really caught our eye, so we headed back to PA after those two rides. We did go back later in the day for more rides on Red Force (the line was only about 20 minutes around 5pm), but there really isn't any must-dos at the park besides Red Force. It would make more sense to have LaLiga be a land within Ferrari Land, as that would really help fill out the park.

 

Completely agree, but even as a land, it would feel out of place in Port Aventura park. It would make much more sense in the Ferrari Park. Not only to increase it's size but also just the modern vibe the land will bring with it.

 

From a business standpoint, I kinda get the idea. Same logic why Ferrari Land, and Walt Disney Studios in Paris, were built. Just to enhance the 'size' of the resort, making it feel guests need more days simply because they're advertising multiple parks.

 

Timing wise...

 

Odd choice and timing for sure.

 

yea, that really doesn't make much sense. Especially since PA resort has some pretty major liquidity & debt issues.

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I definitely wasn't expecting this announcement. I agree with everyone else that the best way to integrate this into the resort would be to add it as an area of Ferrari Land. That may actually make that park worthy of a full day. If this opens as a standalone park, I fear it may not have enough rides for a full day and be a repeat of Ferrari Land.

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Hey Everybody :) 

I have a question. I want to visit PortAventura this year. However neither me or my companion have a drivers licence to rent a car. What is the best way to get to the park from an international airport (probably Barcelona) and can you recommend a stay at the PortAventura Hotel?

Also, how many days do you think are enough to experience everything the Park(s) have to offer? 

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6 hours ago, domirellativegal said:

Hey Everybody :) 

I have a question. I want to visit PortAventura this year. However neither me or my companion have a drivers licence to rent a car. What is the best way to get to the park from an international airport (probably Barcelona) and can you recommend a stay at the PortAventura Hotel?

Also, how many days do you think are enough to experience everything the Park(s) have to offer? 

PortAventura is super easy to get to by train, it has its own stop on the train line.  So you'll just have to taxi from the airport to the main train station in Barcelona.  I would plan at least 2 days at the park, or 3 if you want to hit the water park.  I would also suggest staying at one of the on-site hotels as park admission is included if you stay there.  The park also has express passes you can buy, which I would suggest getting at least one of the days of your visit.  I would check out the park's english website as it was very helpful when I was planning our trip back in 2019.

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8 hours ago, domirellativegal said:

Hey Everybody :) 

I have a question. I want to visit PortAventura this year. However neither me or my companion have a drivers licence to rent a car. What is the best way to get to the park from an international airport (probably Barcelona) and can you recommend a stay at the PortAventura Hotel?

Also, how many days do you think are enough to experience everything the Park(s) have to offer? 

See if you can fly to Reus, Ryanair and a few European budget airlines go there, and it's literally a 10-15 minute taxi drive away from the park. If not, it's an easy train journey from Barcelona by train. 

I have stayed at the Gold River hotel and actually really liked it. Not sure about the PortAventura hotel. The theming was really nice and it has its own entrance into the park, but it wasn't really possible to go to other hotels in the evenings (like I normally do at Europa or Disney). 

I think if things go your way you can do the parks in two days, but the operations are very unreliable, so it depends when you are visiting and how much time you would normally spend eating, watching shows etc (some of the shows are good), so maybe 3 days if you aren't on a tight schedule and you're not likely to visit again for a while.

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Thank you very very much @VegasBaby & @KarlaKoaster

Great to hear that the train ride is no problem from Barcelona. I'll also check the route through Reus as this sounds extremely convenient. 

I'd probably combine a stay in Barcelona as well as a stay at the on site resort so I can freely choose how many days are enough but 3 sounds about right. I always do every attraction, even the kiddie rides.

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10 hours ago, domirellativegal said:

Thank you very very much @VegasBaby & @KarlaKoaster

Great to hear that the train ride is no problem from Barcelona. I'll also check the route through Reus as this sounds extremely convenient. 

I'd probably combine a stay in Barcelona as well as a stay at the on site resort so I can freely choose how many days are enough but 3 sounds about right. I always do every attraction, even the kiddie rides.

No problem, let me know (message me) if you need any Barcelona recommendations as I have lived there for most of my life!

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11 hours ago, domirellativegal said:

Thank you very very much @VegasBaby & @KarlaKoaster

Great to hear that the train ride is no problem from Barcelona. I'll also check the route through Reus as this sounds extremely convenient. 

I'd probably combine a stay in Barcelona as well as a stay at the on site resort so I can freely choose how many days are enough but 3 sounds about right. I always do every attraction, even the kiddie rides.

Hope you have a great trip, we absolutely loved our visit to Barcelona and PortAventura.  Make sure you get some night rides on Shambhala, it's an airtime machine and the night rides are insane! 

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My Wife & I spend the first week of October in Salou every year and we fit in 2/3 days at Port Aventura every time we’re there.

It’s a great time to go as the park is extremely quite mid-week with most rides being walk-ons and you also get the bonus of the park being decorated for Halloween.   We always buy the 2 Parks/3days ticket which means we can spend a day at each park mid-week going on all the rides when the queues are really short (don’t forget the shows, they’re all amazing) & then we go back at the weekend when the park is really busy, just to watch the Halloween Parade which is only on Sat/Sun at the start of Oct.  We also get as many night rides on Shambhala as possible. (Front row in the dark is the nuts)

We always stay down in Salou which is a beautiful town with great hotels, beaches,bars & restaurants.  It’s a fantastic cost effective alternative to the on-site park hotels & it’s only 15-20min walk to the park from the town (their are also plenty of buses/taxis and even a boardwalk style train) that will take you there too for a few Euros if you don’t want to walk).  
Our last hotel room in Salou had an amazing view of Red Force’s Top Hat from the Balcony, was right next the beach and cost less for a full week than it would for 2 nights in a park hotel. 

We fly from the UK to Reus Aiport which takes around 2.5 hours. Reus airport is only 15mins/8miles from Salou & Port Aventura and a taxi costs about 35 Euro each way in a taxi.

Hope that helps,

enjoy you trip. 

 

 

 

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Also Tibidabo is a cute park in Barcelona worth going to (bus is probably the fastest way there) with incredible views of the city, particularly if you go up the church. There are a lot of historical rides and the Vekoma coaster is great fun with amazing views too. 

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