PhotoTR: A warm weekend in Madrid

Part 2: Parque de Atracciones
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Re: PhotoTR: A warm weekend in Madrid

Postby simon8899 » Thu May 15, 2014 7:23 am

Part 2 - Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

PAM is easily reachable by Madrid Metro line 10. Coming from the city take the line in direction Puerta del Sur and exit at station Batan. Follow the signs from the plattform to the park side entrance.

I started the day with covering the sightseeing basics:

- Plaza Del Sol with Kilometer Zero
- Historical Plaza Mayor
- Late second breakfast with Tapas and Beer at the historic Mercado de San Miguel
- A stroll past the Palacio Real, the Royal Palace

PAM offers a great ride selection for all ages with Nickelodeon Land for smaller kids as well as a solid flat selction for adults including a StarFlyer, a TopSpin, a Frisbee, a Disk'O and a Condor. The programs vary but are overall more thrilling than those at Parque Warner. Also very soaking is the Intamin Shoot-The-Chute Los Fjordos. Sadly as I got to the log flume they were just evacuating all riders from the boats after a total breakdown. The operations varied heavily and ranged from okay to toally nerve-wrecking.

Out of the seven coasters I ended up riding only three for various reasons: The two kiddie coasters in Nickelodeon Land allowed adults only acoompanied by a kid. The Wild Mouse had a ridiculous line: They had four cars running, filled these, dispatched them and then waited until all four cars returned to the station. And Tornado had a a ridiculous maximum height restriction with 1,87 meters - Sakaniemmi has none and I guess some member here can post if such thing exists for Volcano at Kings Dominion - and I was turned down at the station. I was about to leave in anger but then drowned a liter of beer and forget about it - you will find no pics of this coaster in my report as I tried to pretend it is not there afterwards.

Abismo: I love SkyWheels - and this long variant offers great upside down hangtime as well as good forces and nice airtime. This truely is the highlight coaster of this short trip.

Tarantula: One of the longest Maurer spinners around. Not spinning that much but nevertheless a fun coaster. It had among the best operations in the park, mostly due to the design of the continous loading plattform.

Tren de la Minha: Funny minetrain by design a Gerstlauer Family Coaster using the same system like Hansa-Parks's Schlange Von Midgaard but offering a much bigger layout. This coaster had the worst operations, the two girls were masters at the art of time suckage.
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Arrived at the Batan entry
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One of the two Nickelodeon Land kiddie coasters only rideable with a kid
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Nice to see a new Telecombat ride
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The Wild Mouse with the Crazy Attendants
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The TopSpin had a short but great program: Offering a 5-7x multispin depending on the load
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Hooray for upside down hangtime
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About to be dropped
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Unique insight into a Frisbee
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Fountains and greenery among the StarFlyer who did a quite long program - great views of the park and the city
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Lots of Huss rides here
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Good forces coming out of the SkyLoop
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Frisbee also ran a good program
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More Maurer-Söhne goodness
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Happy riders - line was mostly at 15 minutes all day
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Good airtime at the drop into the station despite a trim brake before the drop
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Got Tarantula at lunch time with only a five minute wait while it had at least 30 minutes the rest of the day
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A Huss Condor named Rotor. This had a four digit postalcode on the serial number plate which are out of use since Germany's unification - so this Condor is at least about 25 years old
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Some clowns on the move. The small car blared loud pop music
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More Abismo airtime
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It took them nearly 10 minutes to load a Waveswinger...
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A small standard Disk'O
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Twisty goodness
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Lots of industrial fence around rides. Why not using some nice sandstones and cast iron - would look much better...
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But then you can soothe your eyes with this view a few meters onward
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Did I mention Abismo offers amazing upside down hangtime???
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Wet chicas! Spanish girls often wear bathing suits under their tee and jeans - so tried not to stare...
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This one soaks you as good as the one at Parque Warner
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And if you do not want to stand in line there are other options to get soaked by this ride...
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Fun little mine train with horrilbe operations.

Thats it for now. In about two weeks onward to England for Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Dryton Manor - if weather permits...

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Re: PhotoTR: A warm weekend in Madrid

Postby rcjp » Thu May 15, 2014 8:17 am

Nice pictures!
Love this one. Just looks... kind of wrong but awesome!
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Haven't been to the park yet. I'll make sure I don't miss it next time I go to Madrid.
The Mr Freeze coasters should have speakers playing the sentence: "Let's kick some ice!" right before each launch

What does one say after riding a Batman clone?
The G force is strong with this one.

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Re: PhotoTR: A warm weekend in Madrid

Postby Dapalm » Thu May 15, 2014 11:54 am

Yeah, spanish operator sucks, but the park looks really nice. I live 200km away from it, but I haven't visited it in years. I will try to go this summer. I'm looking forward to ride Abismo. About Parque Warner I agree in everything. Coaster Express is the worst coaster I have been on (apart of Magnus Colossus). They both should get the RMC treatment. Or, the Son of the Beast treatment.
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Re: PhotoTR: A warm weekend in Madrid

Postby rcjp » Thu May 15, 2014 3:08 pm

Dapalm wrote:Or, the Son of the Beast treatment.

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The Mr Freeze coasters should have speakers playing the sentence: "Let's kick some ice!" right before each launch

What does one say after riding a Batman clone?
The G force is strong with this one.

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