Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PortAventura Names Its B&M Mega Coaster

PortAventura has given an official name to it's new 250 foot tall Bolliger and Mabillard mega coaster, Shambhala.  Themed as a trip among the infamous Himalaya mountains, the word Shambhala refers to a geographic location used in Buddhist teachings.

The ride will have heavily themed station and queue areas, and from some photos of a model of the ride that just surfaced Shambhala will also have a tunnel at the base of the first drop, and a splash down feature in the middle of the ride.   Additionally, the ride's turnaround element looks like a departure from Bolliger and Mabillard's standard designs; a large helix that rises to the mid-point, then falls back in a swooping drop.

2012 is really shaping up to be one of the most exciting new coaster years in some time!