Mini-TR: Parque de Atracciones, Madrid, Spain 7-9-01

Mini-TR: Parque de Atracciones, Madrid, Spain 7-9-01

Post by Richard Morenc » Fri, 13 Jul 2001 02:04:36

I have been taking a trip across Europe for the psat three weeks.  As I had
a free day in Madrid, I decided to check out the local amu***t park,
Parque de Atracciones.  This was an easy park to get to, only three stops
away by subway from my hotel.  The price was cheap, about $18 for the POP
ticket.  Interestingly, instead of a wristband for the POP, they used a
temporary tattoo that is fixed to the skin.
I knew nothing about this park going into it, and was pleasantly surprised.
The whole atmosphere of it was unlike any American park I've been to,
especially with regard to safety.  Not to say that it was unsafe, it was
just different.
First ride of the day:  Tornado.  This was a custom Intamin inverted
coaster.  The ride ran with two 12 row trains, but only one was in
operation.  The layout included two vertical loops, a corkscrew, and a 360
degree helix.  The ride was fun, but very very slow.  The operator said that
the train must have 20 passengers or it will roll back, and I could believe
it, as the train nearly stalled in the second vertical loop.  Even the final
helix was taken at a fairly slow speed.  Still, the ride was fun, and was a
nice surprise.
The only other coaster I was able to ride was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat.  This
was the first Wildcat I have been on, and it was an excellent ride.  The
ride packed a punch, and I could easily have ridden this one for hours.  My
only concern was that people were exiting the cars as they were still moving
down the final brake run.  I guess that safety rules must be different in
Spain ;)
The park had a few flat rides, including a frisbee, top spin, enterprise,
swinging ship, giant drop, and condor.  Though small, it was well worth the
money spent.

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Richard Morency
Tulane University, Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2002