Phantasialand

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Phantasialand
Phantasialandweb.jpg
Logo
Slogan Hier ist dein Spaß - (Here is your fun)
Location Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Coordinates 50°48′00″N 6°52′46″E / 50.80000°N 6.87944°E / 50.80000; 6.87944Coordinates: 50°48′00″N 6°52′46″E / 50.80000°N 6.87944°E / 50.80000; 6.87944
Opened 1967
Area 28 hectares (69 acres)
Rides
Total 36
Roller coasters 7
Water rides 5
Website http://phantasialand.de/en

Phantasialand is a theme park in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany that attracts approximately 1.75 million visitors[1] annually. The park was opened in 1967 by Gottlieb Löffelhardt and Richard Schmidt. Although starting as a family-oriented park, Phantasialand has also added thrill rides, especially during recent years. Furthermore, following the example of Europa-Park,[2] they have decided to attract business customers beside the regular ones, calling it "Business der neuen Dimension" ("business of a new dimension").[3]

Among the park's thrill rides is a themed Mine Train roller coaster called Colorado Adventure, which runs among some mountains in the park's Wild West section and was opened by Michael Jackson.

History[edit]

The park opened in 1967.

Attraction "Deep in Africa"

On 1 May 2001, a blaze took place that destroyed two roller coasters, a theatre and parts of the Westernstadt. It was the result of a cable fire in the Grand-Canyon-Bahn which was caused by faulty wiring.[4] The blaze caused a material damage of about 38 million Deutsche Mark (17 million USD)[5] and 54 people were injured.[6] Phantasialand reopened the park about two weeks later and invested about €2 million in fire safety, equipping every building with sprinkler systems.

The Phantasialand is also home to "Mystery Castle", an indoor Ride Trade/Intamin Bungee Drop featuring a walk through a haunted castle. Next to the castle is "River Quest", a rapid river ride which features a lift, built by Hafema in 2002. It replaced the attractions which were destroyed by the fire one year before.

In 2002 Winja's Fear and Force, two indoor spinning coasters built by Maurer Söhne, were built along with a new area called Wuze Town.

New for the season 2006 was an African-themed B&M inverted roller coaster called Black Mamba.

There is also a four-star on-site hotel called Hotel Ling Bao, which is Chinese themed and opened in 2004. The hotel's roof tiles were imported from China, and every room door was hand-engraved. The hotel has two restaurants, one of them - the LU CHI - renowned for its good Euro-Asiatic cuisine,[7] a bar, a pool with sauna, garden area, spa and its own entrance to the park. A second (three-star) hotel called "Matamba" was opened in August 2008 in the Deep in Africa section.

Phantasialand opened another ride for the season 2007 called "Talocan", a Suspended Top Spin by Huss Maschinenfabrik. It is located in the Mexican section of the park. In 2008 the splash battle Wakobato has been opened in the lake in the old fairytale forest. This attraction is highly debated amongst residents living next to the park, who complain about noise pollution.

In 2010 Phantasialand has opened five new attractions for children in the Wuze Town: Baumberger Irrgarten (Maze), Die fröhliche Bienchenjagd (Jump Around by Zamperla), Wolke's Luftpost (Magic Bikes by Zamperla), Der lustige Papagei (Crazy Bus by Zamperla), and Würmling Express (Monorail). The Berlin-part of the park has also been reworked. The area has been renewed with many berliner houses, fountains and a tribune for shows. Also new in 2010 was the show 'Sieben' (seven) by Jan Rouven.

In 2011 Phantasialand opened two new attractions: "Maus au chocolat", an ETF dark ride[8] in Alt Berlin and a waveswinger on the Kaisersplatz. The old shop on Berlin has been replaced with a new funhouse-attraction called "Verrücktes Hotel Tartüff", which was built by the park's engineers and opened in 2012.[9]

For 2013, Phantasialand had been building a new log flume-style attraction that now replaces their two old water attractions which did not pass the TÜV safety inspection due to their age. It is embedded in a large area of canyons and mountains, as a miniature model on display in the park had already revealed during the time of constructing the ride. 'CHIAPAS' was opened for park visitors to ride on 1 April 2014.[10]

After the winter season 2013–14. Silver City (a western theme town) and the dark ride Silbermine were removed to allow construction to begin on the park's 2016 roller coaster, Taron and the new theme area Klugheim which will be a part of the Mystery area. Another roller coaster named Raik will go in the Klugheim area, and is more family friendly than the likes of Taron. The coaster is a Vekoma family boomerang model attraction.[11]

Drop tower Mystery Castle

Attractions[edit]

"Land" name Theme Features
Berlin Berlin in the 20s Hotel Tartüff, Neptunwellenflieger, Wintergarten, Maus Au Chocolat (2011), many attractions aimed at children
Wuze Town Fantasy Hollywood Tour, Race for Atlantis, Temple of the Night Hawk, Winjas, Wakobato, many attractions for children
Mexico Mexico Talocan, Colorado Adventure, Tikal, Chiapas
China Town China Feng Ju Palace, Geister Rikscha
Mystery/Klugheim Mystery Mystery Castle, River Quest, Taron, Raik
Deep in Africa Africa Black Mamba

Removed attractions[edit]

  • Race for Atlantis (removed in 2016)
  • Silbermine (removed in 2014)
  • Stonewash and Wildwash Creek (removed in 2011)

Performance shows[edit]

  • Silverado Theatre: JUMP!
  • Arena de Fiesta: Ice College 2016
  • Wintergarten: Musarteum - Eine Nacht im Museum
  • Kaiserplatz: Drakarium
  • Miji African Dancers
  • China artistry
  • Schauspielhaus Pirates 4D

There are several additional 'mini shows' featured in the new leaflets for 2014, most of them taking place at 'Kaiserplatz', as well as a chance to meet up with the parks' dragon characters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teaconnect.org/pdf/2011Report.pdf
  2. ^ Silver Lake Saloon. "Europa-Park – Erlebnis-Resort – Deutschlands größter Freizeitpark". Confertainment.europapark.de. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "RZ-Online: Feuer im Phantasialand". Archiv.rhein-zeitung.de. 2001-05-02. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Germany / U.S. Foreign Exchange Rate - St. Louis Fed". research.stlouisfed.org. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  6. ^ "CNN.com - Rollercoaster fire injures 54 - May 1, 2001". web.archive.org. 2001-05-01. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  7. ^ Busche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. "Fehler - Schlemmer Atlas - Restaurantführer: Restaurants in Deutschland, Frankreich, Österreich, Schweiz, Niederlande, Luxemburg und Italien". Schlemmer-atlas.de. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Maus au Chocolat". Park World Magazine. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Phantasialand – Unsere Neuheiten". Phantasialand.de. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  10. ^ "Neu 2013 CHIAPAS - DIE Wasserbahn - Seite 10 - Phantasialand". Phantastische Fans. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  11. ^ "Fakten und Hintergrundgeschichten Klugheims" (PDF). Phantasialand.de. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 

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