Gardaland

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.

Gardaland Resort
Entrance of Gardaland.jpg
Gardaland's entrance
LocationCastelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Coordinates45°27′16″N 10°42′50″E / 45.45444°N 10.71389°E / 45.45444; 10.71389Coordinates: 45°27′16″N 10°42′50″E / 45.45444°N 10.71389°E / 45.45444; 10.71389
OwnerMerlin Entertainments
Opened19 July 1975 (1975-07-19)
Operating seasonSpring-Summer & Holidays
Visitors per yearIncrease 2.92 million (2019)
Area260,000 m2 (64 acres)
Attractions
Total36[1]
Roller coasters7
Water rides4
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[citation needed]

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.

HistoryEdit

 
The Castle garden

Built on the eastern shore of Lake Garda at Castelnuovo del Garda, Gardaland opened on 19 July 1975, between Peschiera and Lazise.[2]

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.[3] Gardaland is now the eighth-most-popular theme park in Europe,[2] 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.[citation needed] The coasters are Blue Tornado, Shaman, Sequoia Magic Loop, Raptor, Kung Fu Panda: Academy, Mammut and Oblivion: The Black Hole.[3] Fuga da Atlantide is a Shoot the Chute.[4]

Themed areasEdit

Name Picture Additional information
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.

AttractionsEdit

Roller coastersEdit

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
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'![citation needed] 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.

Water ridesEdit

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
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.[4] 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.[5]

Dark ridesEdit

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
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

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
Space Vertigo   Drop Tower 1998 Energy (Space) Intamin
Flying Island   Flying Island 2000 Energy (Space) Intamin
Magic House Madhouse (ride) 2001 Fantasy Kingdom Vekoma

Family ridesEdit

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
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

Other attractionsEdit

Name Picture Type Opened Area Manufacturer Additional information
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
Gardaland Theatre   Theater 2006 Piazza
Monorotaia   Monorail 1990 Energy (Luna Park) Mack Rides

GalleryEdit

Food, featuresEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gardaland Park Map" (PDF). Gardaland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Grande festa per il trentesimo anniversario di fondazione". Gardaland (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Gardaland". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  4. ^ a b "Super Splash". Intamin Amusement Rides. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Jungle Rapids". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016.

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