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If anyone is interested (I certainly was), Ferrari Land does have an Express Pass (details about prices,etc. are not given on the website).

From what PA told me, there is one pass that lets you access each ride once (obviously through the express queue). The price is €30.

 

Seeing as there are only about 6 rides, I'll probably just stick with not buying one (if I go this year).

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I'm off to portaventura in a couple of weeks, Anyone got any tips on how to make the most of the day ect best places to eat either locally or on park.

 

We're staying onsite at portaventura for one night.  With 1.5 days on park

 

 

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On 6/6/2017 at 1:17 PM, RobF said:

I'm off to portaventura in a couple of weeks, Anyone got any tips on how to make the most of the day ect best places to eat either locally or on park.

So far I have no experience from the restaurants there but ride-wise I suggest working your way around the park. Start with Furius Baco for this reason. Or, if you're that paranoid about queues then it'll probably be best to just get Shambhala out the way. :)

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On 2017-6-6 at 1:17 PM, RobF said:

I'm off to portaventura in a couple of weeks, Anyone got any tips on how to make the most of the day ect best places to eat either locally or on park.

 

We're staying onsite at portaventura for one night.  With 1.5 days on park

 

 

 

I remember the food on park not being very great at all, regarding evening food it depends which hotel you're staying in as each one has it's own restaurants. 

 

As you're staying onsite I'd highly recommend getting the unlimited fast pass which is discounted to hotel guests. 

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Just buy the unlimited hotel Fastpass, it'll make the day so much better...

 

Like, it's a complete no brainer...

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Had an amazing time at Port Aventura last week,

 

Key points

 

I have to say never have I visited a park with such poor operations in terms of speed and efficiency

 

 The fast pass system is 10x worse than fasttrack at merlin parks.

 

We stayed in the gold river hotel with 2 days on park and 1 night accommodation for £35 each which was a bargin.

 

In terms of the rides we did most of them, however I have to say I prefer silver star to shambala.

Furious baco is so rough for its age, any ideas why its so bad?

I think Dragon Khan is the strongest coaster at the park.

 

we also did ferrari land, red force seemed to be having lots of issues, I dont think for the ride line up it warrents the extra €25, its a shame red force doesnt utilise a hydrolic launch as its not very forceful but the views are brilliant.

 

 

Given I feel I have been generally quite negetive in this post, we had a amazing time at the park and local area,  I just didnt feel the overall wow factor that made me think I have to come back here I had when I visited Europa park and Phantasia Land

 

 

 

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PortAventura has really disappointed me this weekend just gone.
It's the kind of place that could be amazing, but isn't. It makes Thorpe's operations look like Europa's, queue jumping is terrible, most of the rides are painful, the staff range from okay to appalling, and the guests, urgh.

The lady in guest services was incredibly rude when she refused to give me a disabled pass, as a letter from a consultant isn't enough, she didn't even look, I imagine assuming I was trying to play the system.
It was taking them 5 minutes to dispatch trains on Baco. Baco is one of the worst rides I've ever been on. And no one gets out the way of mobility scooters, which I'm sure is something to do with anyone being able to hire them.

The scare mazes were an organisational nightmare, no time slots and ticket booths opening around the same time as the maze, rather than an hour before. The mazes also weren't open for long enough. Although, REC was being batched and operated better than any of the rides. The free maze had a 2 and a half hour long queue when we wanted to go on, but guess what, they sold fast tracks for that too!

I mean, sure, the place looks nice, and it has Shambhala, but when put next to Efteling, Europa or even Phantasialand, it pales in comparison. I've heard the phrase 'it's missing something' a fair amount over this weekend, but I think it's missing quite a few things.

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Unfortunately I can relate that Port Av is certainly nothing more than somewhat of a disappointment. At least from my experience.

 

Poor operations, unfriendky and unhelpful staff and some of the worst theme park food I have ever tasted. Never before have I struggled so much consuming food which is somewhat inedible. 

 

Shambhala is great, along with it's show line up and water rides. There is also something I somewhat like about Baco despite it's roughness. Theming is generally nice, but not quite to the standard of Phantasialand and Efteling in several areas. 

 

Ferrari Land feels modern, airy and decently landscaped, but doesn't have much going for it other than Red Force. It generally feels like a walk-in advert for Ferrari. 

 

El Paso Hotel was somewhat disappointing, as service was slow and staff not overly helpful either. They took ages to sort and repair the broken door in our room (which was at ground floor level). I now have a strong grudge against staying at ground floor level in hotels, as a result. 

 

Whilst there were things I actually liked about the place, I have no intention to return to PA for sometime in the future, which is a pity due to being home of my third favourite coaster (whilst in present writing).  

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I have pretty much the exact same complaints. 

The food in the park is dreadful, having tried pretty much everything they had to offer I can confirm that every restaurant there serves inedible food. The staff are completely incompetent and rude. The lady in guest services was also rude to us but compared to the ride hosts she was the best service we had at any point while there.

I have no intention to ever return to the park and seeing as you 2 have the exact same complaints id advise others not to bother visiting.

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I was planning on sending a strongly worded email, especially given the way I was treated by the guest services staff member. It was suggested that it might be a culture or law thing (like in Germany), but we visited Tibidabo and the staff members there couldn't do enough to help me out...
I'd expect the larger park to be more helpful, but the staff were terrible for the most part.
Is it a lack of planned management? It felt that way to me, ride hosts and ops left to do as they wish, rather than having rules set in place.

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14 minutes ago, TarinMaria said:

I was planning on sending a strongly worded email, especially given the way I was treated by the guest services staff member. It was suggested that it might be a culture or law thing (like in Germany), but we visited Tibidabo and the staff members there couldn't do enough to help me out...
I'd expect the larger park to be more helpful, but the staff were terrible for the most part.
Is it a lack of planned management? It felt that way to me, ride hosts and ops left to do as they wish, rather than having rules set in place.

We had no issues at all with disabled access at Portaventura, and we at at the noodle bar next to dragon khan on both days and the food was good. Cant comment on the rest of the park. But I do agree ride ops are shocking and fast track sales are worse than merlin! The park doesnt flow well in terms of theme and certainly feels like something is missing.

 

 

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We had no issues at all with disabled access at Portaventura, and we at at the noodle bar next to dragon khan on both days and the food was good. Cant comment on the rest of the park. But I do agree ride ops are shocking and fast track sales are worse than merlin! The park doesnt flow well in terms of theme and certainly feels like something is missing.
 
 
She said I needed a higher rate benefit letter, and they wouldn't accept a letter from my consultant... I don't get any benefits because I can walk further than 10 metres unaided most days. However, if she'd looked at the letter, she'd have seen 'Tarin has Multiple Sclerosis and cannot queue'. I'm sure the access was fine, but she wouldn't give me it, and was so rude about it!
The food was average, but really expensive.

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PA is a bit of a weird one for me - I think as a resort they are pretty spot on,  ride wise i think the park has a great offering, Shambarla and Khan are great and I admit I love baco (dont ask!!)

 

Really enjoyed Ferrari land too - although feel this could do with more over time. Ive stayed in Hotel PA, El Paso twice, and Gold River and have never had a single issue on any of my stays. 

 

The food offerings are a bit limited i would agree, id say the food on park was generally quite good, but the hotels offer little more other than the expensive buffet options although the Italian place at Hotel PA is really nice. 

 

Never personally had an issue with the staff being rude or unhelpful, but realize this can all be down to luck, on my last trip after a few rides on Baco the ride staff were actually really nice talking to be (probably wondering why I wanted to keep riding it!) but yes, there operations are poor, they are slow and very understaffed, i'd never visit the place without getting the express pass. 

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Agree with all the sentiments above Marc's post, when one of the best things you can say about a park is the express pass system, you know its got problems. Shambhala and Dragon Khan are great rides but if you have to encounter so much rubbish to get to them, it really isn't worth it. 

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