Gardaland Resort is an amusement park located in northeastern Italy. Opened 19 July 1975, the resort includes Gardaland Park, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel. It is adjacent to Lake Garda. The entire complex covers an area of 445,000 m2 (4,789,940 sq ft), while the theme park alone measures 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft). Sporting both traditional attractions and entertainment shows, it attracts nearly 3 million visitors every year.
|Location||Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy|
|Opened||19 July 1975|
|Operating season||Spring-Summer & Holidays|
|Visitors per year||2.92 million (2019)|
|Area||260,000 m2 (64 acres)|
In June 2005, Gardaland was ranked fifth in Forbes Magazine's list of the top ten amusement parks in the world, with the best turnover. According to 2011 data is the eighth in Europe by the number of park visitors.
Since October 2006, the park has been owned by the British company Merlin Entertainments. Major attractions at the park include Mammut, Jungle Rapids, Fuga Da Atlantide, Shaman, Blue Tornado, Ramses: Il Risveglio, Raptor and Oblivion: The Black Hole which opened on 28 March 2015. The park's mascot, Prezzemolo, was popular in the Italian licensing market during the 1990s and the 2000s.
It has expanded steadily in both size and attendance, topping 1 million visitors annually for the first time in 1984. By 2007, attendance reached 3 million. Gardaland is now the eighth-most-popular theme park in Europe, and is run and operated by the Merlin Entertainments Group. It has a total of 32 rides, including seven roller coasters and three water rides. The coasters are Blue Tornado, Shaman, Sequoia Magic Loop, Raptor, Kung Fu Panda: Academy, Mammut and Oblivion: The Black Hole. Fuga da Atlantide is a Shoot the Chute.
|Fantasy Kingdom||Fantasy themed area featuring a variety of family rides|
|Prezzemolo Land||Medieval themed area featuring a variety of family rides & a playground|
|Rio Bravo||Western themed street|
|Pirati Covo||Pirate themed area featuring a dark ride & food units|
|Kung fu Panda Academy||an area based on Kung fu Panda with family rides|
|Arabia||Arabian themed area featuring a variety of food units|
|Peppa Pig Land||A small Peppa Pig themed area with younger rides just by the main entrance.|
|Energy||This area has no specific theme and is made up of the sections of the park that are not in any specific themed area.|
|Blue Tornado||Suspended Looping Coaster||1998||Energy||Vekoma||The Vekoma SLC (765 m [2,510 ft] extended with helix) is situated near the entrance of the park, and stands 33.32 m (109 ft 4 in) tall from the ground. The track is 765 m (2,510 ft) long, and the main elements are a rollover, sidewinder and a double in-line twist ending with several high speed helixes close to the ground. The minimum height restriction is 1.4 metres.|
|Shaman||Steel sit down coaster||1985||Energy||Vekoma||Vekoma Double Loop Corkscrew, and is situated on the lower level of the park. The oldest coaster in the park. It stands at 30 m (98 ft 5 in) above the ground and 700 m (2,296 ft 7 in) long. Its main elements are a double loop, double corkscrew and a rising helix. In 2009 the classic Arrow Dynamics trains have been replaced with the new model of Vekoma. The minimum height restriction is 1.2 metres. In the 2017 season the ride was rethemed and renamed as 'SHAMAN' and featured a Virtual Reality experience. The VR was removed prior to the 2018 season.|
|Raptor||Wing Coaster||2011||Energy||Bolliger & Mabillard||Raptor is a prototype Wing Coaster by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard. It opened on 1 April 2011. The minimum height restriction is 1.4 metres.|
|Mammut||Steel sit down||2008||Energy||Vekoma||Mammut (Italian for Mammoth) is a steel roller coaster which includes a herd of mammoth.|
|Oblivion: The Black Hole||Dive Coaster||2015||Energy (Area Oblivion)||Bolliger & Mabillard||Oblivion: The Black Hole opened on 28 March 2015 and is a dive coaster manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard. It's based on the prototype dive coaster at Alton Towers which is called 'Oblivion'! The minimum height restriction is 1.4 metres.|
|Kung Fu Panda Master||Steel spinning roller coaster||2016||Kung Fu Panda Academy||Fabbri Group||Family spinning coaster from Fabbri. Opened on 14 May 2016 as part of the Kung Fu Panda Academy area.|
|Ortobruco Tour||Steel||1991||Energy (Luna Park)||Pinfari||Ortobruco Tour is a Family Caterpillar Coaster from Pinfari and opened in 1991.|
|Sequoia Magic Loop||Screamin’ Squirrel||2005||Energy||S&S Sansei technologies||Sequoia Magic Loop is an S&S Screamin’ Squirrel coaster and opened in 2005. It was previously known as Sequoia Adventure until 2017 when it became SBNO, then reopening in 2019 as Sequoia Magic Loop.|
|Colorado Boat||Log flume||1984||Energy||Mack Rides||Log flume themed to the Americas.|
|Fuga da Atlantide||Shoot the Chute||2004||Energy||Intamin||Fuga da Atlantide (Escape from Atlantis), is a Shoot the Chute, the Intamin Super Splash, and is situated near Blue Tornado. The ride begins with a cable lift hill, at the car/boat turns on a shallow helix and plummets down a steep hill with water jets in the track into a pool. The ride progresses to another similar element.|
|Jungle Rapids||River rapids ride||1999||Energy||Intamin||Rapids ride in a small boat, which passes by various Asian scenes.|
|Ramses: Il RisVeglio||Dark ride||2009||Arabia||Ramses: il risveglio (Ramses: The Awakening) formerly La Valle dei Re/The Valley of Kings is Gardaland's first interactive dark ride. The vehicles are omnimover like the Haunted Mansion. The original ride starts during an expedition, then takes riders through burial chambers, tombs with mummies, and a town with explorers partying.
The ride closed in 2021 with construction walls around the building stating ‘a unique world class for adventures of all ages’. Some rumors suggest a Jumanji themed indoor roller coaster however nothing has been announced.
|The Spectacular 4D Adventure||Cinema 4D||1990||Energy||It closed in 2017 and was replaced with Trex-taurant restaurant|
|Wonder Woman the 4D experience||Cinema 4D||2007 (2018) (2020)||Energy||In 2018 it was closed and rethemed to 'San Andreas 4D Experience' based on the 2015 film of the same name. In 2020 it then changed to Wonder Woman the 4D experience.[clarification needed]|
|I Corsari||Dark boat ride||1992||Pirati||Intamin||Enter the pirate ship and take a boat ride underground.|
Flat thrill ridesEdit
|Space Vertigo||Drop Tower||1998||Energy (Space)||Intamin|
|Flying Island||Flying Island||2000||Energy (Space)||Intamin|
|Magic House||Madhouse (ride)||2001||Fantasy Kingdom||Vekoma|
|Baby Pilota||Spinning ride||2000||Fantasy Kingdom||The cabs rotate and move up and down.|
|Peter Pan||Spinning ride||1986||Energy (Luna Park)||Mack Rides||Fast spinning family ride|
|Mr Ping's Noodle Surprise||Teacups||2016 (1993)||Kung Fu Panda Academy||Mack Rides||Formerly known as Kaffetassen. Rethemed in 2016 as part of the Kung Fu Panda Academy area.|
|Il Trenino di Nonno Pig||Junior train ride||2018||Peppa Pig Land||I.E Park|
|La Mongolfiera di Peppa Pig||Star Dancer||2018||Peppa Pig Land||I.E Park|
|L'Isola dei Pirati||Junior boat ride||2018||Peppa Pig Land||I.E Park|
|La Casa di Peppa Pig||Walk-through attraction||2018||Peppa Pig Land|
|Foresta Incantata||Interactive, actor lead walk-through||2019||Rio Bravo||Replaced Canyon Creek (2009). This is an interactive walkthrough attraction similar to Bami Salami at Toverland|
|Sea Life Aquarium||Aquarium||2008||(Back of the car park)||Sea Life|
|Monorotaia||Monorail||1990||Energy (Luna Park)||Mack Rides|
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- "Gardaland". Roller Coaster DataBase.
- "Super Splash". Intamin Amusement Rides. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
- "Jungle Rapids". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016.
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