The PortAventura is a theme park in the resort of Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, on the Costa Daurada ("Golden Coast"), approximately an hour south of the Barcelona. The PortAventura was conceived and built as a joint effort by the Tussauds group (Alton Towers), Anheuser-Busch (Busch Entertainment Corporation) and Universal Studios.
In 1997, Universal bought up most shares in the park and the park was rebranded as 'Universal's Port Aventura'. In 2000, 2 hotels and a water park (Costa Caribe) were constructed, and the place was further rebranded as 'Universal Mediteranea'. In 2004, NBC Universal (Universal Studios' parent) sold all interest in PortAventura. The PortAventura is now owned and operated by the Caixa banking group's investment vehicle Criteria, but as of 2005 the Universal name has been dropped from the branding, and the resort was once again named 'PortAventura' (the space in the name is deliberately left out for trademark reasons). It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe. It has 2 airports within 30 minutes of it, including Reus Airport. There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona and Salou.
During seasonal events like Christmas and Halloween, the PortAventura opens seasonal walkaround rides or shows, including the mazes: Psycho Circus, the Horror in Penitence, La Mina del Diablo and La Selva del Miedo
The Dragon Khan is a steel sit-down roller coaster located in the PortAventura theme park in Salou, Catalonia, Spain. The Dragon Khan boasts eight inversions; this was a world record. The record was broken in 2002 with the opening of Colossus in Thorpe Park, United Kingdom, which has 10.
The ride built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) opened on May 2, 1995 and was one of the 2 roller coasters that the Port Aventura had when it opened. The track is red with white and pastel blue supports; the trains are green blue and purple .After boarding the ride, riders climb to the top of the lift hill before plummeting back down to earth and straight into a 125-foot-tall vertical loop (38 m), followed by a diving loop, a zero-G roll, and a cobra roll. Riders then get a short break at the ride's trim brakes before coming back down into a smaller vertical loop and then onto the last 2 inversions - the interlocking corkscrews. The ride then pulls up into the brake run before re-entering the Chinese-themed station. The track is 4,165 ft long (1,269 m), and the ride's top speed is over 65 mph (105 km/h). The ride's duration is 1 minute and 45 seconds.