Okay, so there will definitely be queues, you know that when you’ll exit, you just might be forced to make your way through the gift shop, and you know that at least one of your kids will eat something that will make their mouth turn blue. Even in another country, there isn’t any of the apprehension that can come with going somewhere unfamiliar with your family. The only difference to the experience is that it’s warmer. Just an hour from Barcelona, PortAventura World feels just like home for Brits.
A huge time park with six different worlds, a huge waterpark, six onsite hotels, and caravanning opportunities, you could still find new things to see and do at PortAventura even if you’ve been here for weeks. The seven rollercoasters are giants that will make your jaw drop just by looking at them. Then there are the log flumes and rapids, the carousels, spinners, mazes, retro funfair attractions, soft-play area, and SesamoAventura kids’ world. The other worlds- Mediterranean, Mexico, Polynesia, China, and Wild West- each have one or more stages or theatres with live entertainment, dancers, singers, and shows every hour. Next door is Ferrari Land, with more rides, which includes a 112-metre high rollercoaster that accelerates to 112 mph in five seconds. The Sesame Street Mission is the park’s new attraction for 2019. Even three-year-olds can take the hi-tech ride, as long as they’re at least just over one metre high. The story that goes that a cookie is missing, so Detective Grover is called in to solve the crime. You must put on a pair of 3D glasses before you get into the New York taxi-style ride and use your lasers to shoot down 3D cookies. The attraction cost £13 million, but, to be fair, it shows, as it really is a world-class ride.
While you’ll need to know Spanish in order to understand the ride’s main narrative, there are a sufficient number of English phrases to make sure you know what’s going on as you’re whirling around street scenes and past characters from the show. The best thing about it is that, for those of you who are competitive, you’ll find out at the end who shot the highest number of cookies. The ride is located right in the middle of SesamoAventura, so if you’re afraid that your little ones will want you to take them to the main attraction and blast more cookies, there’s plenty more to distract them.
While some come with height restrictions, there’s no shortage of rides for the kids. One is called The Magic Fish, where you skim in ponds across the water. There are some smaller roundabouts for the youngest of children. Then there are soft-play areas in each of the five worlds to keep them amused if the older ones start wandering off towards the bigger rides. The train that takes you around much of the park is a great addition for anyone who needs to take the weight off their feet.