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Shambhala concept art

Port Aventura has opened its new roller coaster for the 2012 season, Shambhala, which towers some 249-feet over the Spanish theme park.

Shambhala has become the tallest roller coaster in Europe, hitting a top speed of 83 miles per hour at the base of 255-feet first drop. The ride is themed around an expedition to the Himalayas, and features extensive theming including tunnels and water features.

Theme Park Review was on hand at the grand opening of Shambhala to capture the point-of-view video below:

Manufactured by Swiss coaster specialists Bolliger & Mabillard, Shambhala cost some €25 million to install at Port Aventura. Its circuit features five camelback hills, providing significant "airtime" for coaster fans. Sections of its circuit intertwine with the existing Dragon Khan coaster, which it is set to supercede as Port Aventura's biggest draw.

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