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GARDALAND
Italy
Merlin Entertainments Group

 

 

Park News - (12/23/2023) Gardaland’s Magic Winter event is now taking place, with the focus of this year’s event being on “kindness”. As part of the event young guests are invited to write down their own “kind thought” as a statement of positivity and encouragement to others on Christmas cards. Turning these in, the statements will be used “to help Prezzemolo create a new verse to add to the main song of the Winter 2024 edition” of the park’s Welcome Show song.
    The park is currently featuring a “Santa Claus’ Magic Village” area set up in the Jumanji Square area, complete with “giant marzipan people, gift wrapping and a sweet reindeer”, a skating rink, large Christmas tree, and of course Santa Claus himself.

 

icon_STOP2024 - New Attraction - (1/22/2024) So what’s the secret new ride coming to Gardaland? I’m a bit skeptical about this myself, but according to one Screamscape source the park may be attempting to copy of the success of Chessington’s “Croc Drop” themed drop tower ride in the UK. While this is all well and good, and would actually fit the small footprint available for the site at Gardaland, my biggest problem with this rumor is that the park already has a 40 meter drop tower called Space Vertigo.
    Space Vertigo is one of the old Intamin style Giant Drop rides with four rider pods and is already taller than Croc Drop, which is only 25 meters. This doesn’t mean that Gardaland couldn’t try to install a taller drop tower, but I guess another thing to consider is the age of Space Vertigo. Intamin Giant Drops were first introduced in the mid 1990’s, and out of about 16 or 17 built in the 90’s, I believe five about a third of them have been closed or moved to date. It’s no secret that the original design for the ride was a bit of a problem child for the park’s that bought them, as it was fairly common to see them operate with at least one (or more) of the drop shuttles closed at any given time.
    So following the hints from the park that this will new ride will feature some kind of Native American theming, if this does end up being anything like Crop Drop, then I’d expect that Space Vertigo’s days are numbered.

 
    (1/18/2024) You can find an interesting new teaser for whatever Gardaland has in store for 2024. Big purple rocks with engraved runes need translating , but looks like things may be more difficult than anticipated for the team, with something wicked lurking in the fog.
 
    (10/18/2023) Gardaland has confirmed that the park will open a major new attraction in 2024 that will feature a theme “inspired by the legends of the Native Americans who have always been the protagonists of true stories as well as cinematographic and literary works which illustrate qualities such as courage and physical prowess, as well as altruism and a strong connection with nature and famous rituals performed for a wide variety of purposes, from the Sun Dance to that of purification.”
    While they aren’t saying what it is yet, a large purple wall has been set up inside the park that simply says, “An ancient legend of the Native Americans”.

 

 

 

Newest Attractions:
2023 - Jumanji The Labyrinth

2022 - Jumanji The Adventure

2021 - Legoland Waterpark

2020 - Wonder Woman 4D

2018 - The Corsairs: Revenge of the Ghost & Peppa Pig Land

2016 - Kung Fu Panda Academy, Gardaland Adventure Hotel

2015 - Oblivion: The Black Hole

2013 - Madagascar Live
 

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