Welcome to the center of Madrid, the capitol of Spain! Located in the heart of Casa de Campo, Madrid’s largest public park, is Parque de Atracciones de Madrid – a beautiful hilltop regional park that has been entertaining Spaniards since 1969.
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Madrid’s key traditional park is the first on our tour of Spain’s major parks. Home to an eclectic variety of coasters and large collection of rides, “PDA Madrid” is the perfect place to start on a Spanish park tour.
The park is a beautiful, starightforward traditional setup full of mature trees, thoughtful landscaping, and water featurs.
The most iconic coaster at PDA Madrid is easily Abismo, a custom extended Maurer Sky Loop. Small versions of this compact coaster are popular the world over, but the 2nd half of Abismo is totally unique to this installation.
Perhaps the most notable PDA Madrid coaster for enthusiasts is Tornado, a rare full-circuit Intamin inverted coaster. Stylistically, the similarities to Volcano: The Blast Coaster are obvious, but the ride’s modest three-inversion layout reminded us of Great America’s Flight Deck. The only other operating Intamin inverts with inversions are Discovery Kingdom’s The Flash: Vertical Velocity and Särkänniemi’s full-circuit Tornado.
Now our FAVORITE coaster at PDA Madrid is an unlikely victor: a Maurer spinning coaster, Tarantula. A massive ride for its type, Tarantula provides an unforgettable trip over dramatic terrain and down some spectacular drops.
Rounding out the park’s coaster collection are two small steel coasters, the Gerstlauer TNT Tren de la Mina and a Maurer Wild Mouse (the long departed other half of Bobbejaanland’s Speedy Bob, to be exact), and two Zamperla kiddie coasters: the standard Paw Patrol and the suspended Padrinos Voladores.
With the log flume down for the season, we skipped water rides entirely at PDA Madrid, but we did love the vibe of their thematic shoot-the-chute, Los Fiordos.
We had an excellent time at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. With Parques Reunidos consistently helming some of the industry’s most commanding projects, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for their original park. We definitely see more Madrid in our future! Don’t forget to check out our vlog of our visit to the park including a Tarantula POV!