Attractiepark Slagharen

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Attractiepark Slagharen
Location Slagharen, Hardenberg, Overijssel, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°37′29″N 6°33′47″E / 52.62472°N 6.56306°E / 52.62472; 6.56306Coordinates: 52°37′29″N 6°33′47″E / 52.62472°N 6.56306°E / 52.62472; 6.56306
Owner Parques Reunidos
Opened 1963
Operating season March–April to October–November
Area 50 ha
Rides
Total 31
Roller coasters 2
Water rides 2
Website http://slagharen.com/

Attractiepark Slagharen is an amusement park situated in Slagharen, Netherlands. It also contains a bungalow park and a water park (Aqua Mexicana).[1] It's one of the most visited parks in Europe. It was in the top 20 in 2010 and 2011.[2][3]

History & divisions[edit]

In 1963, shopkeeper Henk Bemboom built a number of holiday cottages on a piece of land around an old farmhouse.[4] As an added attraction, he offered a Shetland pony and a carriage to the occupants of each cottage. Over time, more and more attractions were built, so that the resort gradually developed into a fully-fledged theme park. In 1990 Bemboom gave the park to his children, who sold it to the Spanish group Parques Reunidos in 2012. Bemboom died on May 27, 2014.[4]

The park is divided into two sections, connected by a Main Street which is lined with shops and restaurants. The park has more than 30 rides, including two roller coasters. There are six themes: Indian, Yellowstone, New Orleans, Mexican, Wild West and Jules Adventureland (named after the French writer Jules Verne).

Attractions[edit]

Thunder Loop.
Mine Train.
Ripsaw Falls.
Apollo.

Roller coasters[edit]

  • Mine Train
  • Thunder Loop (Closed 2 October 2016)
  • Gold Rush (Opened 13th of April 2017, replacing Thunder Loop)

Water rides[edit]

  • Expedition Nautilus
  • Ripsaw Falls

Other rides[edit]

  • Apollo
  • Big Wheel
  • Chuck Wagon
  • Eagle
  • El Teatro
  • Enterprise
  • Fogg's Trouble
  • Free Fall
  • Gallopers
  • Kabelbaan
  • Loggers Slides
  • Magic Bikes
  • Merry go Mad
  • Monorail
  • Mountain Slide
  • Indian Pony ride
  • Jumbo
  • Kids Country
  • Octopus
  • Old Timer
  • Passepartout Explorer
  • Phileas Fun House
  • Pirate
  • Sky Tower
  • Tomahawk
  • Western Village Theater
  • Wild West Adventure

Popular culture[edit]

Slagharen was featured in the Trump - commercial "America first, Netherlands second" by Arjen Lubach. Within weeks, the ad generated more than 24 million views on YouTube. Although a part of the video is supposedly shot in Slagharen, the actual footage is from a different park, PonyParkCity.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevestigt: Nieuw Subtropisch Zwembad 2015". Pretparkfansite. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2010 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2011 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Oprichter Slagharen overleden". Slagharen. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 

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