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Shambhala concept art

Port Aventura has released a new video showing off progress on the construction of its new roller coaster for the 2012 season, Shambhala.

The ride will become the tallest roller coaster in Europe when it opens later in 2012, standing at some 249-feet-tall. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, it will also feature the longest drop of any coaster in the continent (255 feet), as well as being the fastest at 83 miles per hour.

Shambhala will be themed around an expedition to the Himalayas, with Port Aventura billing it as a chance to "live the same sensations experienced by the greatest adventurers". It is set to feature extensive theming, including "dark tunnels and mountain lakes".

The ride will tower over Port Aventura, as can be seen in the construction video below:

The €25 million rollercoaster will feature five camelback hills, providing significant "airtime" for thrill-seekers. Sections of its circuit will intertwine with the existing Dragon Khan coaster, which it is set to supercede as Port Aventura's biggest draw.

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