Plopsaland De Panne
|Location||De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Opened||April 20, 2000|
|Operating season||April to November|
Plopsaland De Panne is a theme park located near the town of De Panne on the Belgian coast. The park opened on 20 April 2000. Before that date (from 1936 to 1999) the park, created by a honey company, was called Meli-Park and had a bee theme.
Since the foundation of the park in 2000, the figures of the popular Flemish and Dutch figures of Studio 100 can be found. All the attractions have a theme from one of the soaps or musicbands of the group. Attractions include Kabouter Plop, Samson en Gert, Big & Betsy, Piet Piraat, Wizzy & Woppy, Het Huis Anubis.
In 2006 3 new attractions were opened: the SuperSplash (in a whole new Pirate zone), the Spring Flyer (Spring is a popular soap opera on Flemish television and is Dutch for "jump") and a K3 museum. In 2007, Plopsaland De Panne opened a renewed Kabouter Plop-area, with 2 new attractions. In 2008, Mega Mindy got her own zone in the park, with the Jetski's and the Flying Bikes. In 2009 a new roller coaster opened called Anubis:The Ride. In 2011, Mayaland opened a Vicky the Viking-themed zone. A new theater will be built in 2013.
The park is divided into several areas:
- Entrance area (Inkomzone)
- Gnome Plop garden (Plop-tuin)
- Castle area (Kasteelzone)
- Pirate area (Piratenzone)
- Anubis area (Anubiszone)
- Wizzy and Woppy area (Wizzy en Woppy-zone)
- Spring Area (Spring zone)
- The farm of Big and Betsy (Big en Betsy-hoeve)
- The carnival of Samson and Gert (De kermis van Samson en Gert)
The park has 5 roller coasters, with no inversions and one new rollercoaster (Anubis:The Ride) with 3 inversions and a launch which accelerates from 0 to 90 km/h in less than 2 seconds. The coaster, "Dongo's Race" (in the Wizzy & Woppy area), opened in 1976 and is the oldest roller-coaster in Belgium. The SuperSph (a Mack SuperSplash/water-coaster) opened in 2006.