Parque de Atracciones (or simply Amusement Park) is small urban park located at Casa de Campo, a huge parkland just outside of the city of Madrid, Spain.It includes a boating area on the lake, cycle tracks, walking areas, cafes, the teleferico, zoo and naturally the amusement park itself.
The park opened in 1969 with beautiful vegetation and elaborate scenic designs in all its 4 themed areas: Zona Tranquilidad, Zona del Maquinismo, Zona de la Naturaleza and Zona Infantil (an infant land, a rides land and 2 rest areas).
The park is one of our favorite destinations during Halloween because it offers plenty of shows, a fantastic horror house and since 2014 it hosts an event inspired in AMC’s the Walking Dead series (see photos).
Parque de Atracciones has a number of roller coasters, giant pendulums, high ferris wheels and plenty of water rides to cool folks down in Spanish summers. There is also so-called tranquil zone where more relaxing activities are offered such a jungle cruise similar to the one at Disney Paris. Small children would love the kiddie area with small roller coasters and water slides, bumper cars or pirate ships, puppet theaters, train rides and adventure playgrounds.
Tornado, an inverted roller coaster, is the highlight for trill seekers with a total length of 2,624.7 feet (800 meters) and a height of 98 feet, but we especially liked Tarantula, a spinning roller coaster, similar as MIR in Europa Park. We rode four times in a row (see video). Also we’ve tried the recently opened Star Flyer, an 80 meters wheel chair ride (it’s chili up there because the attraction is also on the top of the park, but the city view is spectacular…). Some things you might miss if you don’t research the park are an excellent fun house that looks like a riverboat and an upcharge haunted house that opens at night.
We spent a 6 hours at the park on February 2012, returned during Halloween day in 2013 to ride TNT Tren de la Mina rollercoaster and for the Horror show (they are called Passagem del Miedo in Spain) and again in 2014’s Haloween party. There were notable changes from our first visit. Parques Reunidos, the owners, are making sound improvements in the park, including a brand new children’s area inspired by Nickelodeon TV franchise. The decorations and shows for Halloween were also top nocht.
The entrance fee is alright and there’s a lot of parking spaces in the vicinity for free (Facebook page of the Park often offers big discounts during off peak season). Food is not so great (in February 2012most food stands are closed and for Halloween 2013 the park was too crowded for us to apreciate a fine meal) but you could come outside for Spanish traditional paellas, tapas or even a picnic in the adjacent parkland.
In sum, Parque de Atracciones is fun place for a full day hangout with friends and family e due to the recent improvements deserves a second look for theme park fans!.
By Carlos Canaes, Ana Alegria, Rosa Ferreira and Rita Moura. Updated 31/7/2015
Location: Casa de campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
Tickets: 31,90 ADults (from 19€ online)
Opens all yearTop Rides
TNT Tren de la Mina, Abismo, Tornado, Star Flyer
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