The Freizeitpark Plohn (also known as Plohni; formerly Märchen- und Erlebnispark Forellenhof Plohn) is a seasonal amusement park in Lengenfeld, Saxony, Germany. It has about 350,000 visitors a year and 79 attractions.[1]

Freizeitpark Plohn
Previously known as Märchen- und Erlebnispark Forellenhof Plohn
Entrance area since 2016
LocationLengenfeld, Saxony, Germany
Coordinates50°34′00″N 12°23′49″E / 50.566605179493784°N 12.397077298277603°E / 50.566605179493784; 12.397077298277603
Operated byFreizeitpark Plohn GmbH
Area25 hectares (62 acres)
Total79 (2021)
Roller coasters6
Water rides4

History edit

Old entrance area

Arnfried Völkel, who became unemployed after the Peaceful Revolution, built a trout farm in Plohn (Lengenfeld municipality) in 1991. On the basis of this restaurant, he opened a small fairy tale forest with twelve fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm in 1996. In the course of the following years the park continued to develop. The park's largest investments so far in 2009 were for the El Toro wooden roller coaster, the large water ride Wild Water Ride that has been in the park since 1999 and the Mack Rides BigDipper coaster called Dynamite in 2019. The park had its first roller coaster as early as 2000, the Silver Mine from the manufacturer Zierer. However, this was not a brand new ride at the time of purchase; it was a model from 1975 that had previously been in various other parks.[2]

In 2005 the park celebrated its tenth season and opened two attractions, Germany's largest tree house and a looping ride. In 2006, the roller coaster Raupe (English: Caterpillar), a roller coaster for children, was added. A completely new themed area was opened in The Flintstones-like style with a drop tower at the beginning of 2007, the Dinoland (derived from the Dinosaurs). This was expanded for the 2008 season to include Flintstone's Gunboats. These are themed pedalos. Also new in 2008 were the ghost train Scary Scooter (closed), which is now supposed to scare visitors in the beginning of the water ride, and the Ghost Mill. In 2009 the wooden roller coaster El Toro was opened.

A new themed area, the Plohni Village, was opened at the start of the season on April 21, 2011. As a new attraction there is the family roller coaster Plohseidon from Zierer,[3] a nostalgia-carousel, which was previously in Heide Park and Plohni's Diving Excursion since Whitsun 2012.[4][5] Since 2013 there has been a completely new theme area: The village of the Gauls (German: Dorf der Gallier). The main attraction is the raft water slide called Curse of Teutates (German: Fluch des Teutates), manufactured by ABC Rides.[6][7] The tavern house has been back on the complex since 2014, and work is being carried out on sanitary and catering facilities in the style of a Gaul village. In 2015, the new indoor roller coaster Miniwah & The Secret of Gold Creek City, manufactured by Mack Rides with a multimedia show opened in the former arena. In 2016 the park opened a new main entrance in the style of the Village of the Gauls. The construction of a bungalow resort with up to 600 beds is planned for the future. Furthermore, the vaulted cellar in the Old Brewery is to be expanded.[8]

Attractions edit

The attractions of the Freizeitpark Plohn are divided into the following theme areas: Plohni's Village, Village of the Gauls, Wild West City, Enchanted Forest, Dinoland, Nature Park, Oldtimerpark, an area for the action attractions and a catering area.[9]

Roller coasters edit

Picture Name Type Manufacturer Theme area Opening date
  Caterpillar Family Coaster (MX48) SBF Visa Group Oldtimerpark 2006
  El Toro Wooden roller coaster Great Coasters International Action area 10 April 2009
  Plohseidon Force – 190 Zierer Rides Plohni's Village 2011
  Miniwah & The Secret of Gold Creek City (short: Miniwah)[10] Powered roller coaster Mack Rides Action area 2015
  Dragon Swivel Spinning roller coaster SBF Visa Group Action area 2017
  Dynamite[11] BigDipper Mack Rides Action area 2019

Water rides edit

Pictures Name Type Manufacturer Theme area Opening date
Dazzling Dan's Fuselschleuder Jet Ski Zierer Action area 2024
  Funny Boats Bumper boats SBF Visa Group Enchanted Forest
  Primeval Times Raft Trip Raft trip Mack Rides Dinoland 1997
  Wild water ride Log fume Mack Rides Action area 1999
  Flintstone's Gunboats Pedalo Dinoland 2008
  Curse of Teutates River rapids ride ABC Rides Village of the Gauls 2013

Other attractions edit

Former attractions edit

  • Sling-Shot (2003)[13]
  • Dragon Loop (removed 2010)
  • Dragon Swing (removed 2016)
  • Silver Mine (replaced by Dynamite 2017)

Shows edit

In the early years various circuses made guest appearances in the park. Furthermore, there was a large western arena in the Freizeitpark Plohn until 2013, which could accommodate up to 700 visitors. At the end of the 2012 season, the shows listed there were canceled. The reasons for this include the immense increase in GEMA fees from 2013. From the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2015, the hall for the indoor roller coaster Miniwah & The Secret of Gold Greek City was largely gutted and redesigned.[14] Currently, there is also a mapping show about the history of Gold Greek City every hour. This indoor area with a powered coaster from Mack Rides received the FKF award from the Freundeskreis Kirmes und Freizeitparks in 2016.

Since the closure of the Western Arena as the central location for shows, various artists and have appeared in the park at changing intervals, including the Prague Marionette Theater with the tent show Plohnis Marionettencircus next to the Plohseidon roller coaster in 2014.[15]

References edit

  1. ^ "Über 80 Attraktionen". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ "Silver Mine". Rollercoaster Database.
  3. ^ "Plohseidon – Freizeitpark Plohn". Plohni TV Blog (in German). Archived from the original on 2011-07-15.
  4. ^ "Plohni's Diving Excursion". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  5. ^ "HURRA! Unser neues Plohnidorf ist pünktlich fertig!". Freizeitpark Plohn. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25.
  6. ^ "Der Name steht fest". Plohnis-Welt. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11.
  7. ^ "Curse of Teutates". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  8. ^ "Freizeitpark Plohn trennt sich von Sparkasse Vogtland". Vogtland-Anzeiger. Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  9. ^ "Theme worlds". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  10. ^ "Die Besten Online Shops Kleidung - Mode, Klassisch, Bequemer Stil mit Günstigen Preis". Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2022-07-08.
  11. ^ "Meldung zur neuen Achterbahn "Dynamite" auf der Seite des Freizeitparks". 2017-08-01. Archived from the original on 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  12. ^ "Germany's Largest Tree House". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  13. ^ "Freizeitparks - Parks von A - G". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  14. ^ ""Miniwah & The Secret of Gold Creek City"". Amusement Park Plohn. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  15. ^ "Airtimers vor Ort: Saisoneröffnung 2014 im Freizeitpark Plohn", (in German), retrieved 2017-02-07

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