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Unread 29 Oct 15, 06:58 PM  
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PortAventura, Barcelona, Cambrils October Mid Term Trip Report

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Flight with Rynair was great - just over 2 hours. Their "be nice" policy must be working - our checked bag was 1 kg over and nobody made a fuss, they asked to checked extra hand luggage with it free of charge.

Reus airport is small, the luggage was out quickly. We took taxi in front (no wait) and they showed us fixed price listing of 30 euro to PortAventura.

We were at hotel PortAventura at around apr 10:30am. Our room was ready early and the polite staff at reception talked us through breakfast, dinner, entrance to the park. We were given time for breakfast between 8 and 8:30 and dinner after 7 (no set time slot)

The weather was sunny - not hot as summer day in Spain, slightly chillier to what the weather was in Orlando last year in October. Swimming pool isn't heated (as it was at WDW) and was closed at that time of the year





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Staff were very polite and helpful
Beds comfortable
Pretty and clean
Food was ok for both breakfast and dinner, Spanish omelette and pancakes delicious and plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, meat & fish.
Location is great, with own entrance to the park
Fridge & safe free of charge
Guests were mainly French with some Spanish & British and I think Russian. Hotel staff spoke freely French and English.
There was a rally at same time and many of the guests were wearing rally gear in the morning - the hotel was busy but never felt too crowded.

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The walls very thin and we can hear conversations in the next room. I am not talking about yelling, it was quiet conversations

Our room smelled like smokes and I think the likely reason was that the neighbors next door were smoking inside and the smoke was somehow coming in our room. With 2 days in the hotel only we didn't feel like complaining and got on with it

The swimming pool looks rather small, it may be busy in the summer. I would stay at the hotel for 2 or 3 nights. Not sure if I would stay for longer.

There were halloween decorations

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We spend the first 3 full days and 2 afternoons at the theme park. It opens at 10 during the week until 7. However there is very little open at 10, with many attractions not opened until 12 and some are only open weekends. Few of the Halloween specific attractions and Temple of Fire are only open weekends. Most food locations were also closed.

Park is beautifully decorated for Halloween and very well themed in different areas

We entered the park from the hotel to the area called Mediterranea. It have only one main ride - furious baco and my son wasn't tall enough and me and my husband weren't interested in it at this time. Few shops to browse around. Few restaurants that seem to be closed most of the time during the week at this time of the year at least. We had mediocre meal at Raco de Mar - the theme park most known table restaurant. It's also the area where Halloween Parade and Fireworks are on at night.







We moved to SeasamoAventura.
we did bouncing butterflies (ds was too old for it really at age of 8)
coco piloto (better at night, some pretty views but really babish ride) open after 11am
magic fish - not huge ride but kind of fun
tami tami - small train ride, open after 12

we returned few times during our stay to this land but only did the magic fish and once coco piloto for the views. For kids age 8 or over it doesn't have much to offer - but it's pretty and very themed.

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China have the theme park biggest rollercoasters Dragon Khan and Shambala. We gave them a miss. This time



We did Angkor many times during our stay - picture credit to PortAventura website



It's beautifully themed. You can chill out and you can try not to get too wet. It may or may not work that way! It was family favorite







We couldn't see the sand animation or bubblebou show however we sow the Halloween Escape show twice. The acrobats were amazing, the venue very comfortable, music very catchy and special effects excellent. I have seen less impressive shows in Vegas by cirque du soleil.

we also did the tea cups, which I hate but didn't want to say no to my little one.

We didn't spend much time in Polynesia at all. My son was not tall enough for kontiki (and he did similar ride in Legoland Windsor). Tutuki splash was closed. He did the canoes but he was too big for them to be honest - it's probably more suited for 5 year olds. It's pretty themed. We had no interest in the birds show, all food places were closed, there were number of halloween attractions but not for 8 year olds and desigual shop.

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El labirinto de los mayas. My son managed to get me to do it twice. I hate it, I feel so disoriented and trapped and confused in it. He finds my reaction to it fun. Pic credit of pafans



El Diablo - Tren de la Mina - family favorite. It's suppose to be like thunder mountain but to be honest it isn't. It's just a train ride, it's fun but isn't at all as well themed. It attracts long waiting times and it's included in express pass.

We also did Templo del Fuego, at this time of the year open only weekends and part of express pass. We enjoyed it but it's kind of once and done. I won't say too much to avoid spoilers

We had lunch at La Cantina on time for La Muerte Viva (The Living Dead) Show. You can get a meal deal with starter - as big salad or nachos, main course - as chicken and chips or burrito, dessert and a beer or none alcohol drink for about 17 euro. Considering you also get a show, I felt it's a good value.




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it wasn't as scary as it looks in the picture

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Far west was everyone's favorite land.

Rides
Wild buffaloes - bumping cars. My son wasn't allowed on his own, and he wasn't very happy about it but still did it on every visit. It's fun
Tomahawk - train ride, family favorite but I think it doesn't open until 12. Pity as it attracts long waiting times
Stampida - favorite ride in the park and the biggest ride our sun was tall enough to go. He loved it
Silver River Flume - I guess it's little like splash mountain. We loved it but only did it once as we were drenched after.
Laberinto BlackSmith - fun play area and parents can enjoy a beer but the smoking in playgrounds around kids only as it's outdoors is incredibly annoying
Grand Canyon Rapids - it's not as nice as the rapids in AK but it was still fun ride we all enjoyed and did few times.

Shows - we did Vampires, and I suggest going ahead of the show as the venue isn't as big as the one in China and many were unable to get in. Ordering drink is mandatory - but we did 3 tapas (as chicken wings, nachos, nuggets for our son) and 2 beers for about 18 or 16. Lovely show and the venue looked good, although allot of it was in Spanish. I am sure it's even better if you understand it



Far West had the most fun rides and great halloween decorations



actually I think the below is Mexico









we also had a meal at the Old Steak House. There was live music and some of the songs questionable for young audience but I will take it as a none english speaking country. The Halloween Parade characters pop over for a scare but there weren't any scared children around - I think they avoided kids. It was fun - lovely land to explore

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Halloween parade - few pics. It wasn't on the scale of WDW however - it's part of your daily ticket as all other shows mentioned, the characters were fab. They repeat the same few minutes song through the parade and it's less then 10 minutes, but we still enjoyed it





a good spot to watch the parade arriving 20 minutes ahead mid week are the stairs at the left side of the entrance next to the shop. A good spot for the fireworks is waterfront table at the cafe next to the boat - make sure you are at the railing even if you move chairs as many people arrive when the fireworks start and any tables at the back won't have view at all. You can get little wet.

the fireworks are more like a mini show and in Spanish, with water fountains and projections - fun but short and not comparable to ... you know Disney. Still we enjoyed them allot


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We also had a night at Hotel Gold River Superior room. It was gorgeous, good beds, exactly same food as hotel Portaventura and the room included express pass max. It's one for the visit, once per ride not a daily express pass - we made good use of it. Superior rooms are in the main building. Weekends were very busy

I would happily stay at Gold River again, not sure for full week but night or two. There isn't pedestrian entrance to the hotel from outside the park so arrival either with taxi or you need to call (not sure where the free phones are located) and you will be collected. The hotel is in the Far West part of the park and has own entrance.

There ware no decorations for halloween, and the hotel is open only weekends at this time of the year.







The pools look good but nothing for kids appeal as slides.

Few prices from portaventura parks

1.8e - bottle of water
3.5e - pint of beer
1.8e - donut

we didn't find it expensive at all

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Ahhh, we went the year it opened, before visits to Disney. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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