Plopsaland De Panne
|Location||De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Opened||April 20, 2000|
|Operating season||April to January|
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. In 2015 plopsaqua will open and in 2016 a new hotel
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 6 operating roller coasters, five 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 four defunct roller coasters that have operated at the park, namely Jubilé, Vierer Bob, Viktor's Race, and Crazy Coaster. A new wooden roller coaster named Heidi The Ride is planned for 2017. As the name implies, it will be 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.