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Park News - (4/6/19) A report from Gardaland has been added to Themeparks-EU showing off the latest changes to the park for the 2019 season. This is all part of the ‘Year of Magic’ promotion at the park to go along with the new Gardaland Magic Hotel opening on May 31st. Other changes include the Foresta Incantata, the Magic Elements show and the new name and magical decor on the park’s former Sequoia Adventure coaster (a rare S&S Screamin’ Squirrel) which has now become Sequoia Magic Loop and features very bright new colors on the trains and the massive supports, which now look more like a collection of brightly colored giant magic wands.
2019 - Magic Hotel - (1/17/19) Gardaland sent in a couple of pictures showing off the interior decor of some of the special rooms in their new Magic Hotel, a new resort where guests will be welcomed by talking trees, magical mushrooms, unicorns, magicians and much more.
The photos shown give us a look at one of the hotel’s Enchanted Forest rooms, “In the Enchanted Forest rooms Guests will feel like inhabitants of a magic forest. Adults will be sleeping at the feet of an imposing talking tree while children will be spending the night under astonishing giant mushrooms, flowers and amusing vine entanglements.”
There are also “Cristallo Magico” rooms where guests “will be spending the night inside a fantastic castle of dazzling ice. Adults will be the king and queen of an enchanted realm inhabited by magic creatures, while children, dressing up as fearless knights, will be the guardians of enormous shields and swords to defend the castle. Everyone will be spending the night surrounded by imposing and comfortable frozen sculptures, immersed in a world where candid winged unicorns and flying dragons sail the skies.”
There will also be “Grande Mago” rooms where guests “will be staying inside the Casa del Mago (House of the Magician). Adults will be sleeping under his huge, magic hat admiring fantastic suspended islands while children will be the apprentices of the great Magician and, thanks to magic spells, they will make ancient, secret books fly.”
(11/13/18) Gardaland reports that 2018 was a record breaking season for the theme park as well as for both of their resort hotels. Based on their success the Gardaland Resort is pushing ahead with their new Gardaland Magic Hotel, "the first themed hotel hub in Italy”.
Attendance in 2018 at the park was up 17% over 2017, while the occupancy rates of both of the existing hotels rose by 5%., with an average rate of 85% occupied during the 2018 season.
The new Gardaland Magic Hotel will feature 128 rooms, each themed to one of three forms of magic: Foresta Incantata (Enchanted Forest), Cristallo Magico (Magic Crystal) and Grande Mago (Great Wizard).
(9/10/18) Gardaland has announced plans to build a "Magic Hotel" for about €20 million in time for the 2019 season. This 128-room 4-Star hotel will actually be the third hotel at Gardaland and be themed around "the world of magic" featuring talking trees, magic creatures, magicians, elves and more. The rooms will feature one of three possible themes: Enchanted Forest, Magic Crystal or Great Magician.
2020 - Legoland Waterpark - (10/19/19) Gardaland has released a new video as a preview of the new LEGOLAND Water Park coming in 2020.
(7/14/19) Gardaland has announced that they will be adding Europe’s first “Legoland Water Park” in 2020. Thus far the Legoland Water Parks have all been built attached to existing Legoland theme parks in California, Florida and Malaysia. So it is really interesting that the first Lego waterpark in Europe, which is home to more Legoland theme parks that anywhere else, would be built completely separate from the existing parks. Weather may play a key role in this choice however as the UK and Denmark locations aren’t exactly in the warmest of climates when compared to Italy.
As the Gardaland is also owned by the parent company behind the Legoland theme parks, this does present an interesting new growth channel for the LEGO parks brand.
(3/14/19) The latest rumors for Gardaland in 2020 suggest that the park may be looking at adding a separate gates waterpark to entertainment guests visiting the resort area and on-site hotels. One early rumor suggests they may be taking inspiration from Alton Towers waterpark, which could mean that this would be an indoor facility for guests to enjoy year-round.