Heide Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Hyde Park.
Heide Park Resort
Heide-Park Resort.png
Eingang Heide-Park Resort 2012.JPG
Entrance in 2012
Location Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Coordinates 53°01′41″N 9°52′09″E / 53.02806°N 9.86917°E / 53.02806; 9.86917Coordinates: 53°01′41″N 9°52′09″E / 53.02806°N 9.86917°E / 53.02806; 9.86917
Owner Merlin Entertainments
Opened 19 August 1978
Operating season March–November
Area ~ 850,000 m2
Rides
Total 41
Roller coasters 9
Water rides 3
Website www.heide-park.de

The Heide Park Resort is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. With an overall area of over 850,000 m² (210 acres), it is one of the biggest German amusement parks and the biggest in Northern Germany. The theme park is part of the British-based Merlin Entertainments.

History[edit]

The site of the park originally belonged to the wildlife park Heidenhof, which was named after the chapel that was built there in 1350. After the zoo was closed in 1972 (following a devastating storm), the showman Hans-Jürgen Tiemann bought the land and opened a small amusement park in 1978 (with the contractual requirement to maintain Heidenhof Chapel as well as the keeping of native animals). When Heide Park opened on August 19, 1978 it offered only six rides: the Monzapiste, the Heide-Park Express, the Oldtimerrundkurs, the Floßfahrt (tow boat ride), the Wichtelhausenbahn and the Hochbahn. In the first season Heide-Park had just under 200,000 visitors. 1979 saw the first dolphin show, for which they built a large domed roof a year later (after the 2008 season, the Dolphinarium was closed due to protests).

Heide-Park is located in Germany
Heide-Park
Heide-Park
The location of Heide-Park

The Heide-Dorf (Heide-Village), a richly detailed replica of typical buildings from the Lüneburg heath, was inaugurated in the 1988 season. In 1996/'97 the Dutch section of the park was built with a windmill and canal at the other end of the park.

With the growth of the park, the catchment area grew as well. In the 1990s, up to two million people visited Heide-Park each season with 2.100.000 guests in 2001. The following year the UK-based Tussauds Group bought the park and since then attendance to the park has decreased to 1.5 - 1.6 million visitors per annum. Hans-Jürgen Tiemann still has influence in the park by shares and as an advisory director of the Tussauds Group. In early 2007 the Merlin Entertainments Group bought the majority of the shares of Tussauds Group from Dubai International Capital, which had taken over the shares in 2005.

The most recognizable landmark in the park is a 1/3 scale replica of the Statue of Liberty (35 meters tall), it was inaugurated on July 4, 1986 on the 100th anniversary of the original statue. At the end of 2011 the whole structure was relocated to stand within the roller coaster Colossos. The park's mascot is a bear called Wumbo.

In the 1990s, Hans-Jurgen Tiemann was successful as a driver and sponsor on the touring-car racing circuit, while his son Marcel Tiemann began a career as a professional race car driver.

Music and events[edit]

The music played at Heide Park is a combination of commercial tracks, library music and commissioned music. The following composers have had their music played at the park: Graham Smart, Ian Habgood, David Buckley, Crispin Merrell, and John Sanderson.

Halloween in October is a special event.

Heide Park Resort[edit]

Mascot Mumbo Wumbo at the Holiday Camps

Hotel Port Royal was opened in 2007 with 150 family rooms and 16 suites. There is also a Holiday Camp that opened in 2005 with 81 wooden houses in Caribbean style with a total of 536 beds.

Park areas[edit]

The park is divided into five areas.

  1. Park Entrance that features Lower-Saxony style buildings
  2. Bucht der Piraten (Pirate Land) that is mainly themed around the world of pirates
  3. Transilvania with a medieval-style castle on top of the hill surrounded by a forest
  4. Land der Vergessenen (Land of the Forgotten) which hosts the park's award-winning wooden roller coaster Colossos as well as the Mayan Village that has many flat rides
  5. Wild Wild West was opened in 2008 to celebrate the park's 30th anniversary, it incorporates Lucky Land.

Attractions[edit]

Heide Park currently has about 40 rides which are mainly aimed at families but its thrill rides are also very popular. One of the main attractions is Colossos, a wooden roller coaster, which until the opening of Balder, on 12 April 2003 in the Swedish amusement park Liseberg, was the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The latest attraction is the wing coaster "Flug der Dämonen"-(German for Flight of the demons). It is Germany's first wing coaster and reaches a maximum of 4G positive during the ride.

Panoramic view of Colossos

Roller coasters[edit]

Name Picture Type Opened Max.
Height
Length Max.
Speed
Manufacturer
Big Loop Big Loop 7.jpg Steel
coaster
1983 30 m 706 m 67 km/h Vekoma
Colossos Heide-Park Soltau Colossos.JPG Wooden
coaster
2001 52 m 1344 m 120 km/h Intamin
Desert Race Desert Race Heide-Park Soltau.jpg Launched
coaster
2007 19 m 650 m 102 km/h Intamin
Flug der
Dämonen
WingCoasterHeideParkResort.jpg Wing Coaster 2014 40 m 772 m 100 km/h Bolliger & Mabillard
Grottenblitz Grottenblitz.JPG Powered
coaster
1985 6 m 370 m 45 km/h Mack Rides
Indy-Blitz Steel coaster 2008 4,5 m 128 m 23 km/h Zierer
Krake Krake, Heide Park 4.jpg Dive coaster 2011 41m 476 m 103 km/h Bolliger & Mabillard
Limit Limitheidepark.jpg Vekoma SLC 1999 33 m 689 m 80 km/h Vekoma
Schweizer
Bobbahn
Bobbahn HP 2.JPG Bobsled
coaster
1993 27 m 990 m 53 km/h Mack Rides

Water rides[edit]

Name Picture Type Opened in Max. Height Ride length Producer
Mountain Rafting Mountain Rafting Heide-Park.jpg River rapids ride 1992 - 600 m Intamin
Wildwasserbahn I Log flume 1980 12 m 600 m Mack Rides
ToPiLauLa-Schlacht Splashbattle 2010 - 150 m Mack Rides

Other attractions[edit]

Name Type Opened in Producer
Bounty Pirate Ship 1982 Intamin
Break Dance Break Dance 1991 HUSS Maschinenfabrik
La Ola Wave Swinger 2009 Zierer
El Sol Enterprise 1991 Huss
Lady Moon Tilted spinning ride 1991 Huss
Floßfahrt Tow boat ride 1978 Mack Rides
Heide-Park Express CP Huntington train 1978, rebuilt 2004 Chance-Morgan
Kanalfahrt Slow boat ride 1991 Mack Rides
Magic fast spinning ride 1991 Huss
Monorail Monorail 1985, renewed 1995 Intamin
Oldtimer Steerable oldtimer track 1978 Mack Rides
Panorama a 75m tall Gyro tower 1985 Intamin
Panoramabahn Train Ride 1978 Mack Rides
Okti Octopus / polyp 1982 Schwarzkopf
Huracan Standup spinning ride 1983 Heinz Fähtz
Scream a 103m tall Drop Tower 2003 Intamin
Aqua Spin Top Spin 1992 Huss
Kaptains Törn a leisurely 4 min boat ride 1997 Mack Rides

Krake Alive! - a 7 min horror maze (2012); Heide Park. This indoor horror maze has 7 different scenes in the 300 sq m building with plenty of special effects and live actors as well. Age limit 12 years.

Go Karts - go karts (2004); extra charge

Kiddie Rides[edit]

  • Koggenfahrt - circular ride (1982); Mack Rides.
  • Lucky Land - play area with gold digging, horse shoe throwing, etc. (2008).
  • Nostalgic Carousel - carousel (1997); Bertazzon.
  • Pizie Town Train - on track ride (1978); Mack Rides.
  • Rotor Baron - airplanes (1985); ETZ Marcel Lutz.
  • Screamie - a 12m tall mini drop tower (2008); Zierer.
  • Sea Horse Bay - paddle boats for kids (2005); Klarer Freizeitlagen.
  • Steam Carousel - carousel (1989); Peter Petz.
  • Water Playground - water play area (1991).
  • Western Risenrad - mini ferris wheel (2008); Zierer.

Shows[edit]

Scene of the Pirate Show

Five shows are available each day at Heide Park, these are;

  • Anger of Mayan, a 25 minute show about Mayan Indians at the Mayan Amphitheater that was built in 2011 and seats 800 people.
  • Gold of Port Royal, a 35 minute pirate show at Pirate Arena that was built in 2010 and seats 1200 people.
  • Hello Spencer, a 20 minute children's show based on the popular TV-series, theater seats 200 people.
  • Puppet Comet, a 10 minute puppet show at Puppet Comic Theatre, built in 1985 and seats 100 people.
  • Madagaskar LIVE! - It's Circus Time, a 30 minute show based on the movie Madagaskar 3: Flucht durch Europa in a tent, built in 2013.
  • Previous shows include The Dolphin Show (closed 2008), The Parrot Show (closed 2008), The Bird Theater (closed 2009).

Trivia[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Main gallery: Heide Park at WikiCommons

External links[edit]