Tibidabo Amusement Park opens Catalonia’s first virtual reality attraction
The VIRTUAL EXPRESS attraction will be this summer’s new sensation and another example of the Park's commitment to innovation and the most pioneering technology
Virtual Express is a new virtual reality adventure that has never been experienced before. It’s a pioneering technology that has arrived in Catalonia for the first time at Tibidabo Amusement Park and is a clear signal of the Park's commitment to innovation. The classic Tibidabo Express has been transformed into two attractions in one: the much-loved train and a virtual reality trip that allows those trying it out to experience feelings that will be totally new, surpassing all expectation.
Tibidabo’s socially-responsible summer
Barcelona City Council announced the summer initiative Tibidabo Solidari to give centres with limited resources and/or special needs the chance to enjoy the amusement park. So far, more than 4000 children have enjoyed this initiative and it is expected that by 10 September almost 6900 children will have benefitted. This social responsibility initiative falls within the activities that the Park carries out throughout the year as part of its social commitment programme. We also highlight that since the start of the season, users of Barcelona’s Targeta Rosa card have been given free access to the Amusement Park.
New record number of visitors to the Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park continues to see visitor numbers increase and hit a new record in July with 133,486 visitors - a 16% increase over last year.
So far, the Park has had a total of 376,961 visitors - 8% more than in the same period last year. Over 4000 children at risk have already enjoyed their free visits thanks to the Tibidabo Solidari initiative which is expected to benefit 6900 children by the time it ends on 10 September.
New mapping night-time show
This summer, visitors can enjoy a new night-time closing show that combines the most advanced laser and mapping techniques and starring the Park mascots. The Park’s Plaça dels Somnis (Dream Square) has again been converted into a unique space for enjoying a nightly spectacle especially designed for this season, and featuring the city of Barcelona and its landmarks as the backdrop for Ti, Bi, Da and Bo’s adventures.
The return of l’Avió aeroplane, the new Collserola bird race and the interactive water fountains liven up the Panoramic Area
Tibidabo Amusement Park Panoramic Area - in the upper area of the Park ¬- can be freely accessed. This year, a number of different events have been held with the aim of boosting this area which has also been enhanced with the return of the mythical l’Avió aeroplane ride, following its restoration. The return of the new-look L’Avió aeroplane has been eagerly awaited this summer season.
The Interactive Water Fountains, which have been very well received by both adults and children, are also part of the programme to upgrade this area, adding to the Park’s water attractions - especially during the summer months, when it has been one of our most-requested by visitors.
Summer timetable and reaching us by public transport
The Park starts its summer timetable in August, and will stay open until 11pm every day. This season, the Park is expanding its opening hours by opening an hour earlier at 11am.
The Park encourages the use of public transport in all its communications, press and social networks campaigns. On days that the Park is open to the public, we offer two eco-buses that have been adapted for people with reduced mobility as well as the Tibidabo Funicular railway.
The Park offers its customers a number of eco-bus services, adapted for people with reduced mobility.
- T2A: Bus from Plaça Catalunya Ticket price: €3
- T2B: Bus from Tibidabo-Vall d’Hebron car park Parking cost: €4.20 and free Tibidabo shuttle.
In addition, we offer customers:
- The Tibidabo funicular railway Ticket price (return trip): €7.70 Ticket price when buying an entry ticket to the Park: 4.10 (cannot be used with promotional offers)
All these transport services are free for Tibiclub members.
Remember: there’s a car parking reservation service at the top of the mountain via the website www.tibidabo.cat
Future projects at Tibidabo
Tibidabo - the Park that’s also a film set!
This autumn, Tibidabo will be releasing a new documentary about its past and present. Members of the public were asked via various communication campaigns for help and we received over 800 documents that will be used for this new documentary piece about the Park. This audiovisual documentary, which is of great historical and emotional value, will take a tour through the history of the Park and the experiences that many of us had there.
Cultural and social-responsibility programme
7th Puppet Show
At weekends during October, the Park will host the now-traditional Puppet Show which is celebrating its seventh edition. The schedule for the theatre companies that will be performing has been carried prepared in collaboration with the La Roda Foundation - a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote social transformation for cohesion through culture. During the Show, which is divided into eight sessions, four renowned companies take part using different manipulation techniques, with innovative shows aimed at the whole family. Herta Frankel - the Park’s regular Marionetarium puppet company for more than twenty years - will also be running a puppet design workshop.
During the second weekend of September, the Park will celebrate for the first time the foster families festival Festa de les Famílies Acollidores in support of the lnstitut Català de l’Acolliment and the 600 foster families caring for more than 1000 children. In October, the Park will also host two of the best-established charity festivals: the Gran Festa del Cor in support of children and young people with congenital heart disease in association with the congenital heart disease association AACIC, which this year is celebrating its 23rd edition. And also a red-nose day - Un Dia de Nassos - with charity Pallapupas in support of children admitted to Catalan hospitals.