Plopsaland De Panne
|Location||De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Opened||April 20, 2000|
|Previous names||Meli Park|
|Operating season||April to January|
This article needs to be updated.October 2018)(
Plopsaland De Panne is a theme park located near the town of Adinkerke 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, along with a Vicky the Viking-themed zone. A new theater was opened in 2013. In 2015 Plopsaqua opened, and in 2016, a new hotel opened adjacent to the property.
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)
- ROX area (ROX-zone)
- The farm of Big & Betsy (Big en Betsy-hoeve)
- Carnival Square (Kermisplein)
- Amika area (Amika zone)
- Kaatje's World (De wereld van Kaatje)
- Mayaland (Maayaland)
- Vickyland (Wickieland)
- Mega Mindy area (Mega Mindy-zone)
- Prinsessia area (Prinsessia-zone) (coming 2015)
- Heidi area (opened 1st April 2017)
The park has a total of 5 operating roller coasters, four of which have no inversions. A roller coaster named Anubis: the Ride was added to the park in 2009 and has 3 inversions and a launch system which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 90 km/h in less than 2 seconds. There are five defunct roller coasters that have operated at the park, namely Crazy Coaster, Jubilé, Jumbo 5, Racing and Vleermuis. The newest Coaster is a wooden Coaster called "Heidi the Ride". As the name implies, it is based on the studio's character Heidi.
There is also a theatre named Plopsa Theatre (Plopsa Theater) that is used for parkshows and shows from external companies. On March 22, 2015 the park opens Plopsaqua, a water park containing three slides, indoor and outdoor pools and a sauna.
The park plans to open a hotel in 2017/2018.