Tibidabo starts the season with plenty of new experiences
Next Saturday 7 March marks the start of the 2020 season with new educational activities based on robotics and a new trampoline installation
The international artist Pep Bou will be putting on his new show Bombolles al Cel every weekend in April and over the Easter break
The visitor experience will be enhanced with a new mobile app of the Park and, in the summer, the creation of a new Client Services Office in Pl. Kennedy
The Park once again renews its social commitment with 18 solidary days planned for this year with entities such as the Soñar Despierto Foundation and Unicef
The new season at Tibidabo Amusement Park will start on Saturday 7 March and will revolve around the Park’s four strategic axes: the visitor experience, education, solidary acts and environmental sustainability. Along these lines, there will be new activities including Pep Bou’s Bombolles show and the new trampoline attraction, while some already consolidated ones will be maximised, including the didactic robotics activities and the Fisidabo educational project. What’s more, the Cuca de Llum, the new funicular railway, is planned to be completed this year and will be integrated into the Park as an added attraction.
To optimise the visitor experience, the new mobile application, available for iOS and Android, will also come into operation. With this application, visitors will be able to better organise their time in the Park with an interactive map which will give them an accurate estimate of waiting times, and through which they can buy their entrance tickets, consult the agenda of activities and access all the information they need about the Park. The app, which will become available in the summer, will also have special content for TibiClub members such as alerts, special offers and access to their private area.
Shows, films and sensorial experiences.
The main novelty this year in the programme for the new season at Tibidabo is the participation of the acclaimed mime artist, Pep Bou. With a great track record, he has not only performed on stages all over the world, but he has also been awarded a dozen international accolades during his career.
Bou comes to Tibidabo every weekend in April and on the special opening days over Easter with his show ‘Bombolles al Cel’, which will take place in the Cel building in the Panoramic Area. A journey to a poetic, dreamlike world in search of the beauty concealed in soap bubbles, combined with light and music.
Another novelty this season is Jumping with the Family, which consists of 10 new themed trampolines designed for family fun. The smallest visitors will be able to enjoy this attraction with family and friends who are at least 140 cm tall.
The mascots will also play a more prominent role this year with a new meeting point, a more intimate format which will bring Ti, Bi, Da and Bo closer to the little ones with time for a hug, making their day at the Park even better. What’s more, they will be joined on their summer parade by a more extensive artistic team who will delight everyone and make them dance even more than before.
Geronimo Stilton and Estiu Làser’s classic shows will be adapted this new season and will relay an awareness-raising message and make a call to respect the planet. Interactibi will premier the film ‘Carnival’ and 4D Dididado cinema will premier ‘Journey to the Moon’ and ‘Max’s Adventures’, while the Marionetàrium will present a new show called ‘The Puppet’s Symphony’
A good way to enhance your experience at the Park is to take one of the new guided visits on offer, a cultural and family activity that has been in huge demand among visitors, where you will find out the history, interesting facts and anecdotes about this one hundred-year-old park. The visits are around 40 minutes long and you can decide to take one on the day you visit the Park. And once again, small groups of visitors will be able to visit the Torre de Collserola viewing point.
Educational projects: creating scientific vocations
In terms of education and to promote new ways of learning, this year the Park will host the 3rd edition of Fisidabo 2k. It will take place on 15 May and, in collaboration with the Degree in Physical Engineering of UPC’s Higher Technical School of Physical Engineering and Ciència 360, Tibidabo Amusement Park will be transformed into a huge laboratory for more than 2,000 4th year compulsory secondary school (ESO) and upper secondary school (Baccalaureate) pupils, who will be able to do different physics experiments using the Park’s attractions.
The Fisidabo Hipàtica project is also developed within the framework of Fisidabo. Now in its 8th year, this initiative enables three groups of Science and Mathematics CELLEX International Baccalaureate students to carry out experiments in the Park which they themselves have created and designed. On previous occasions, some of the projects tested by students in the Park have had an international impact and have even been published in the prestigious European Journal of Physics.
These are projects based on the STEAM culture, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and refers to all the educational activities and initiatives embraced by these disciplines. Along similar lines, the Park will also be hosting Fisidabo LabShow, a weekend when the Fisidabo activities are open to the public so that they can experience STEAM culture, with different participatory activities and workshops that have been created based on the specific primary school curricula content.
The emphasis will also continue to be placed on didactic activities in the area of robotics, with the start of the second phase of the Creatibi Robòtics space. The objective is to broaden the range of robotics activities, in this case with the specific methodology of LEGO® Education, and to introduce new content to kindle children’s interest in design and engineering. These activities will be automatically included in the Park’s entrance ticket to ensure that the maximum number of children will be able to take part.
Improvement to accessibility: a new funicular railway
With the old Funicular railway wagons put into disuse in September 2019, the work to get the new Cuca de Llum onto the tracks is still in progress. It will come into operation at the end of 2020 and will be integrated into the Park as an added attraction. The new wagons will be modernised to adapt to current needs and their operation improved, with an updated security system and a totally new, personalised design that will substantially improve the user experience, given that they will be able to interact with the attraction.
With a capacity for 252 people, the interior of the funicular will be freed up to increase the available surface area and transformed into an open-plan space to ensure the best possible visual permeability inside. This way, the attraction will allow visitors to enjoy bigger and better panoramic views during the journey, thanks to the large windows. Both the interior and exterior lighting will also be improved along a more modern and futuristic line, the effect of which will be augmented when it gets dark outside.
While the Cuca de Llum work has been under way, and in the absence of a funicular railway, a new mobility plan has been created, making available three ecological shuttle buses adapted to people with reduced mobility, which take visitors directly to the Park.
T2A: Tibibus from Plaça Catalunya.
T2B: Tibibus from Parking B:SM Sant Genís.
T2C: Funibus from Pl. Kennedy.
What’s more, this summer a new tourist information and services office will open on Passeig de Sant Gervasi, near to shuttle bus T2C, which will become a new gateway to the amusement park and will be open every day. This new access will enable visitors to buy their entrance tickets, organise their day better, become a Tibiclub member and much more before they set off on the climb to the summit of Tibidabo on the shuttle buses.
Tibidabo Amusement Park is a socially committed park which year after year strives to develop different solidary projects and initiatives. Last season, up to 18 cultural, social and solidary days were hosted at the Park in which more than 110,000 people took part, and 6,700 grants were given to children at risk of social exclusion.
A total of 18 social events are planned to be held at the Park this coming season, including the traditional festivals Un cop de mà, Estiu Sense Barreres, Festa dels Avis and Cançó de Pau. Different non-profit organisations will be collaborating with these 18 solidary events and festivals such as the Soñar Despierto Foundation, Pallapupas and Unicef, with whom Tibidabo has been collaborating since 2012.
The Park’s social commitment is also evident with the celebration of Health Habits month in November, when there will be more activities on offer for Tibiclub members. The programme of healthy eating workshops will continue with the collaboration of the Alícia Foundation, and a new workshop about sport and health will also be incorporated, brought to us by a new collaborator, the Claror Foundation.
Attendance figures for Tibidabo Amusement Park for 2019 stayed at record levels, with a daily average of 4,726 visitors over the 152 days the Park was open, representing a total of 718,326. A total of 719,068 visitors were welcomed to the Park. The figure for TibiClub members stood at 22,301 families.