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Hyperion vs Shambhala

Hyperion or Shambhala?


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Matt N

Strata Poster
Hi guys. Europe now has 2 hypers with an element, either a lift height or a drop height, above 250ft. They are Shambhala at PortAventura Park, a B&M hyper opened in 2012 that has a 249ft lift hill and a 252ft drop, and Hyperion at Energylandia, an Intamin hyper opened in 2018 that has a 252ft lift hill and a 269ft drop. These are very different rides, but they have been compared a fair bit, and they both have being over 250ft in either height or drop in common, so they are quite comparable in a sense. So I’d be intrigued to know; do you prefer Hyperion or Shambhala?

I haven’t ridden either, so can’t vote, but I’d be really keen to hear your thoughts!
 

Benenen

Hyper Poster
Initially I thought Shambhala. Went to Energylandia the year Hyperion opened and only got two back row rides on the rough as nails train. Enjoyed it but thought Shambhala was better.

However I returned the next year and had a euphoric Hyperion front row middle seat ride and it changed my mind. The ejector cresting the first two elements was so strong in the front and I loved how exposed I felt blasting through the low to ground stengels. Shambhala is amazing but it's a comfortable middle of the road coaster. Hyperion is more interesting and intense.
 

Peet

Hyper Poster
Both fantastic coasters but Hyperion is the clear winner; it's bigger and badder, with stronger forces (especially the airtime) and *that* turnaround.

Shambhala is certainly more refined and elegant - Hyperion is rough around the edges (and a quintessential car park coaster), but I don't mind that too much.
 

Howie

Giga Poster
Y'all are wrong. Shambhala is the clear winner here. Big, spectacular location, gorgeous to look at and to photograph, smoother than the cream in a Twinkie, delivers copious quantities of sublime, floater airtime right up until the final brake run. And it's the longest of the two. Top 3 coaster for me.
Hyperion on the other hand is practically clumsy in comparison. Still a top 20 coaster for me, mainly for that ludicrous first drop and first airtime hill, but everything after that diving turnaround lets it down, especially the twisty, turny bits. Clumsy.
Plus it's in dumpy Poland, in dumpy Energylandia.
No brainer.
 

Projektion

Mega Poster
It's close in my opinion.
The only reason I would put Shambhala above Hyperion is the pacing. Hyperion has great pacing throughout aside for the floater hill which severly hurts. Shambhala on the other hand, while slower paced overall, is just a lot more consistent in what it does.
 

Will

Strata Poster
B&M > Intamin pretty much always for me

Shame it's at Port Aventura though

(May also help that I rode Shambhala while rather drunk, whereas I was a bit hungover when I rode Hyperion)
 

vaugc002

Mega Poster
Hyperion is far inferior - the first three elements are amazing, but the rest is just speed corners and not much else. Plus on the outer seats it really judders.

Shambhala is a little less unique but is about as solid as a hyper can get. Plus the trains are much better with the inner/ outer layout.
 
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