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"Reading the other reviews I seem to be in the…"
Reading the other reviews I seem to be in the minority here!
DP, DD and I went this summer, while on holiday in Spain, we got a 3 day 2 park pass.
We loved the waterpark and spent a great long day there, but found the theme park to be really disappointing.
We were gutted that our passes didn't allow 2 days in the water park and we had to have 2 days at the park instead. I felt that there weren't actually that many rides in the place, and there was also a lack of medium rides, between the huge rollercoaster and the more baby rides. We queued for about an hour for the worst "4d" ride I have ever been on, totally rubbish.
Overall, I didn't really think the theme park was up to much...give it a miss and spend extra time in the water park instead!Read moreLess
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"WE stayed in one of the resorts own hotels. The…"
WE stayed in one of the resorts own hotels.
The park itself is spotless. I think this park is more suitable for families with older children, many of the rides have a (quite high) height requirement. I enjoyed the shows as much as the rides.Read moreLess
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"We went to Portaventura for 4 days in Sept with…"
We went to Portaventura for 4 days in Sept with DD who is 10 months old.
We stayed in the Hotel Gold River, which is all wild west themed and it was excellent. Very amusing and well done. The staff were very accomodating and very good with children and our hotel room could not be faulted.
We stayed Bed & Breakfast-which is just as well seeing as off-season half of the eateries are only open at the weekend.
The breakfast was a huge buffet breakfast- great choice for all and they do cater for those with allergies etc. The costumed characters also visited and made DD's holiday!
The theme park itself was good. The rides are very short so it is possible to do it all in a day off peak as the queues weren't too bad.
Unfortunately there is nothing for small children to do at all (3 years and under) which was a bit of a letdown, I gather they are working on a sesame street themed play area for tinies at the moment so it's a shame we missed it!
Weather was lovely even in Sept- although the spaniards would lead you to believe it was winter as they wouldnt even go near the pool or water rides!
Hardly any brits which was nice ;)
I would definitely go back when dd is a bit older.Read moreLess
"We stayed at the PortAventura hotle last summer and had…"
We stayed at the PortAventura hotle last summer and had a fantastic time. The hotel was lovely, very clean and the staff were very helpful. The park was excellent, with rides to suit all ages.
I would definitely advise staying at the PortAventura hotel as there is a seperate entrance into the park and it is easy to pop in out as you want. Your hotel room key also acts as a fast pass in the evening which is fantastic as the park stays open until midnight and is still really warm them.
Food and drink in the park is a bit expensive but comparable to any British theme park I think.Read moreLess
"A really nice theme park with lots to do, we…"
A really nice theme park with lots to do, we went in August and it was a bit too hot, but loads of rides and shows to keep the whole family busy.Read moreLess
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"We went to Portaventura for the day as part of…"
We went to Portaventura for the day as part of a holiday in Spain, it was quite expensice to get in, but it's very big and there is loads to do.
We stayed in nearby Salou which was a nice resort with plenty to do.
We spent one full day in the theme park, we got there when it opened and didn't leave until it closed, you could easily spend a couple of days there, we ran out of time.
The characters are an added bonus, my dd's loved having their photograph taken with Shrek.
there is a good mix of rides to appeal to all ages.Read moreLess
"This place is fantastic, and I've been in June for…"
This place is fantastic, and I've been in June for two years running. It's owned and run by Universal Studios so characters are based around Shrek, Betty Boop, Pink Panther, Popeye, etc.
Laid out similarly to Disney parks, Portaventura is a huge theme park with 5 lands to explore. Home to the world's fastest rollercoaster (The Furious Baco), and 30-40 other rides with age/height suitability from around 3/1m. Everything is well connected by old locomotive steam train, wide easy paths, plenty of excellent wheelchair access and good signposting.
My two children - 4 and 9 - went to the theme park for an incredible 5 days running and we always ran out of time. The park is well kept, clean, well serviced, and has plenty of baby care facilties.
There is a huge water park as well, providing easily a days entertainment on slides, lazy river, huge water fun house, and wave pool.
Staying in the resort is perfect. The main hotel, Hotel Portaventura, is attached to both parks, and literally 5 minutes from your room to the gate. Access to everything is via your hotel room passkey, and you can use it to ship stuff back to your room. I've only stayed at Hotel Portaventura, but there are 3 hotels in the whole complex, with shuttle buses to the parks from the other two.
Staying at the resort gives you breakfast included, and it's the biggest breakfast buffet of all time. Plenty of very healthy options, plus plenty of unhealthy ones. Not quite up to American standards of gross out, but you can get pretty full up. There are plenty of places to eat in the hotel and park for lunches, from sandwiches to full table service. Prices are comfortable, but not cheap. Plenty of guests take some of the breakfast things, like yoghurts and juice, to accompany them through the day. Queues for ice creams and drinks are relatively short, but the art of fast food has yet to be grasped here so expect a little delay even for a cheeseburger (think Chuckle Brothers do MacDonalds). All of the food concessions are run by Nestle, so as long as you want their products you're OK. If you don't, then you'll get mighty thirsty. Drinks round the park are pricey, but very available. There are free water fountains, and to keep prices down I usually take a small bottle with neat squash in, and use it to flavour bought water, or water I trust from a park source.
Prices for the hotel for more than three days include the park and water park access, and also give you early entry some days, and fast passes for some rides. You can also go in and out of the parks at will. This was especially important this year as we arrived at 9.30am, luckily our room was ready, and we went straight to the park after dumping our bags. Check out is at 11am, but the hotal can store your bags for you, and you can use the park on your last day for as long as you like. We left the park at 7.15pm, got our bags, and were at the airport by 8.15pm.
It's located in Salou, south of Barcelona. We flew Ryanair (the totally non-cheap cheap airline) at aboutRead moreLess
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