Park News - (6/23/15) In a shocking news story, the Phantasialand theme park was the victim of two burglars who used the on-going festivities from the park's "Fantasypride" event to mask their break-in to the park's ticket building. They first broke into a building next door and smashed a hole through the wall between the two to get past the alarm system on the door, and then proceeded to open the safe after obtaining the hidden key, and made away with an estimated 1 million Euro. The theft went undiscovered until the next morning, long after they were gone, but it seems clear that they had help and intel from someone on the inside.
2015/2016 - KLUGHEIM - Rumor - (2/24/15) Screamscape source have sent us a bit more information about Phantasialand's new Klugheim project. For starters, apparently the new coaster itself is likely to be named "Taron", as the park has filed for a new trademark to use this name and logo as seen here.
As for the coaster itself... again, the information seems to lead us to think that this is an Intamin made coaster, but with a design that may be more of a mix of Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa and Thirteen at Alton Towers. Our source says that the layout they saw had the coaster leave the station and go through a short dark-ride style indoor section before hitting a launch track and going outside and into a figure-8 style element labeled the "Panorama Curve", which is said to look a lot like the elevated figure-8 element on Cheetah Hunt. From here the train will drop into a series of S-curves before entering a building for another dark ride section that looked to include a 10-meter free-fall drop track element, much like Thirteen. Leaving here, the train appeared to load into a tilt-track style element, much like the one on Escape from Gringotts, dropping the train down and into a second launch track, into an Immelman style inversion, a series of overbanked curves, an into either a corkscrew or zero-g-roll inversion before sliding back into the station one again.
Our source also described the trains as looking quite a bit like Skyrush at Hersheypark, seating 4 across with the outer two seats hanging out over the edge of the track. The trains wont be very long however, featuring just 2 cars per train, and each car only having 2 rows, for a total of 16 riders per train.
(2/17/15) I'm told that the new Klugheim project coming to Phantasialand is actually a new "LSM Launch Coaster", possibly from Intamin that will feature two separate launch moments. There are also reports that this could be a themed SFX Coaster style ride experience, similar to the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s ride that opened last year at Universal Studios Florida. Anyone know more?
(10/23/14) AirTimers reports that a new themed land is on the way to Phantasialand, being teased in the park with the addition of a large banner promoting something is as “KLUGHEIM” Based on the images shown, quick a bit of it is focused on the medieval architecture, giving us a hint at the likely theme of the new land.
???? - Future China Town Project - (2/24/15) In other news, my source also says that the Geister Rikscha dark ride is safe for at least a few more years. There is no plan to tear this area up in the immediate future, as the park wants to avoid another giant construction mess like they had with Chiapas.
(2/17/15) Screamscape sources tell us that a future project for Phantasialand will take place in China Town that see the removal of the Geister Rikscha (Ghost Rickshaw) dark ride that opened back in 1981. You can see a fun video ride-through of the Geister Rikscha below.
???? - New Land / New Main Gate / New Parking - Rumor - (2/24/15) I'm told that the next major attraction in the future will be located in the old parking lot in front of the Berlin themed entrance. Phantasialand is currently starting to clear space next to China Town and Mystery to me used as a new main parking lot. Once complete, the old Berlin entrance lot and main gates will be demolished and a new park entrance built to enter into the Mystery area that will use a bridge over the adjacent street. A new themed land will go onto the site of the former parking lot once demolished, which may have another major new coaster when it opens, but that is still a few years out, so stay tuned.