|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Italian Wikipedia. (April 2010)|
|Location||Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy|
|Opened||July 19, 1975|
|Operating season||Spring-Summer & Holidays|
|Area||26 ha (64 acres) (with Resort 35 ha (86 acres))|
Gardaland is the eighth-most-popular theme park in Europe and is between Peschiera and Lazise, at Lake Garda in Italy. Built on the eastern shore of Lake Garda at Castelnuovo del Garda, the park opened on July 19, 1975. 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. Run and operated by the Merlin Entertainments Group, the park is promoted as first in Italy. This statistic is believable as the different attractions are considerably spaced throughout the park. It currently is home to six roller coasters and a total of 32 rides. The coasters are called Blue Tornado, Magic Mountain, Sequoia Adventure, Raptor, Orto Bruco, Mammut. Fuga da Atlantide is a Shoot the Chute.
Blue Tornado 
Blue Tornado is a steel inverted coaster, the Vekoma SLC (765 m Extended with helix), and is situated near the entrance of the park so that it can be seen from outside. It has been operating since 1998 and stands 109 feet 4 inches (33.32 m) tall from the ground. The track is 2,510 ft long (770 m), causing the ride to last a total of 1:42 ending with a swift brake run. The main elements in the track are a rollover, sidewinder and a double in-line twist ending with several high speed helixes close to the ground.
Magic Mountain 
Magic Mountain is a steel sit-down coaster, the Vekoma Double Loop Corkscrew, and is situated on the lower level of the park as the park is set on a hill. It has been operating since 1985 making it the oldest coaster in the park. It stands at 98 ft 5 in (30.00 m) above the ground and 2,296 ft 7 in (700.00 m) long making it last a total of 2:00 exactly. 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.
Sequoia Adventure 
Sequoia Adventure is an sit down wild mouse coaster, the S&S Power Screaming Squirrel, and is situated within the track of Magic Mountain. In fact the second corkscrew of Magic Mountain narrowly "misses" the station. Sequoia Adventure has been operating since 2005 and stands at 98 ft 5 in (30.00 m) - the same height as Magic Mountain. Riders experience a considerable amount of time inverted on this ride as the cars make their way down from the summit via three saxophone elements. The track turns vertically at a 180° angle a total of 6 times.
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 which reduces lift time but causes a stationary period before ascending. 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, also using a cable lift hill, but at a greater height.
Ramses: il risveglio 
(Ramses the wake-up) 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 and goes upwards as you hear the voice of an old man. The vehicle then enters a burial chamber with treasures and Italian speaking explorers discovering mummies, and from there into a dark tunnel with lightning effects. You then enter a town with explorers partying with music and treasure. The riders then go into the tombs the explorers begin to excavate. We then go to another dark tunnel with brief light flashes to give off treasures.
Today, the new ride takes you into a battle against an alien force trying to revive Ramses.
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