Lonely Planet review for Parc d’traccions
The reason most barcelonins come up to Tibidabo is for some thrills (but hopefully no spills) in this funfair, close to the top funicular station. Among the main attractions are El Pndol, La Muntanya Russa and Hurakan. El Pndol is a giant arm holding four passengers, which drops them at a speed that reaches 100km/h in a period of less than three seconds (a force of four times gravity) before swinging outward – not for the squeamish. La Muntanya Russa is a massive new big dipper, which at its high point affords wonderful views before plunging you at 80km/h through woods. Hurakan tosses its passengers about with sudden drops and stomach-turning 360-degree turns. Far tamer options abound, from the Avió (a 1920s prop plane) to a miniature steam train and magic castle. With your feet more firmly planted on the ground, you can visit the Dididado 4-D cinema (basically 3-D with the appropriate glasses and some sound and movement effects thrown in), which puts on 10-minute films that seem to pop out at you. A curious sideline is the Museu d’Autòmats, around 50 automated puppets going as far back as 1880 and part of the original amusement park. You can still see some of these gizmos at work. Check the website for opening times.