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Park News - (9/6/22) “Magic Halloween” will return to Gardaland this year for an even longer run than ever before. “Zombies, witches and vampires will welcome guests from 7 October – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month – and over the long holiday weekend from 28 October to 1 November, as well as during the last weekend of the event from 4 to 6 November. Themed decorations, ad hoc shows and a special culinary menu of treats will make the Park even more exciting and captivating.”
“Kicking off the event is the first of 5 Scary Fridays: on 7, 14, 21, 28 October and 4 November, the Park will keep special opening hours from 5pm to 10pm so that guests can fully enjoy the Halloween-mood events at Gardaland.”
(10/30/21) Jumanji Characters Help Set First Stone For Jumanji - The Adventure
(9/7/21) The park’s Ramses: The Awakening dark ride was unexpectedly closed back in June to make way for a new attraction in 2022.
2022 - Jumanji The Adventure - (4/9/22) The new Jumanji ride at Gardaland is now open and based on the video below the experience really is a multi-media dark ride experience. The previously released artwork teaser seemed to inply the experience was more of a dark roller coaster ride, but this is not the case at all, as the ride vehicles spin and tilt while moving past both practical and projection screens along the way, but without the use of any 3D glasses.
Looks like a blast based on the marketing footage below, and I’m sure it won't be long before some guest-shot POV footage surfaces.
(3/19/22) Gardaland has confirmed that their new Jumanji themed ride will open on April 2nd and along with the new attraction they will also have four Jumanji themed rooms available at the Gardaland Hotel for guests to enjoy. The four themed rooms (see renderings provided by Gardaland) will be “the first and only ones of their kind in the world”, designed to compliment the new “Jumanji: The Attraction” experience.
"In the last few years there has been an increasing trend for Visitors to favour destinations that are able to create an experience: entertaining, surprising and transporting people to other worlds", commented Aldo Maria Vigevani, Gardaland's Managing Director. "The themed rooms of our three hotels respond perfectly to this need, allowing families to continue the adventure that began in the Park even during the night, and to live a unique and all-embracing experience. The Jumanji themed rooms, for example, will immerse Guests in the wild jungle and allow them to experience the adventures of the protagonists of the franchisefirst hand ".
With the addition of the four new Jumanji themed rooms the Gardaland Resort has 261 themed rooms to offer guests out of a total of 475 guest rooms, with themes “ranging from fantasy to magic and adventure”, with options for those with different age groups. Upon entering the Jumanji themed rooms guests will cross the corridor through a green beam or light and into a temple with branches and other three-dimensional plants covering the ceiling and growing from the rocks, along with a giant jaguar head and more.
(1/20/22) Gardaland has confirmed that their new Jumanji - The Adventure attraction will open on April 2, 2022. The park has also released another video about the attractions, giving us our first look at the ride vehicle.
(12/16/21) Video footage showing off construction of the Stone Giant animatronic figures coming for the new Jumanji: The Adventure ride at Gardaland in 2022 can be seen below.
(12/1/21) A new video showing off the construction progress of the new Jumanji attraction coming to Gardaland can be seen below. Lots of work still to do, including the removal of the old attraction name from the front of the building.
(10/30/21) Gardaland sent out a video feature showing off the placement of “the first stone” for their new Jumanji - The Adventure themed attraction, opening in 2022. The first stone gets set with some help from a few characters from the world of Jumanji, who I can only suspect may return next year as walk-around characters for the land around the new ride.
According to the press release the new attraction will represent an investment of over €20 million to open the world’s first Jumani themed attraction. “We believe that this new dark ride for families and teenagers will be welcomed with great enthusiasm by both domestic and International visitors who return every year to discover and enjoy Gardaland’s exciting novelties. The great success – globally and in Italy - of “Jumanji” guarantees the excitement that only this brand is able to create."
“On board a jeep-shaped vehicle, visitors will experience the jungles of Jumanji and will make their way through dangerous animals, obstacles of all kinds and a powerful stone giant, who will try to stop them in every way possible. It will be a race against time, with the crucial goal of bringing back the sacred jewel to the fabled shrine, thus saving the world of Jumanji.”
(10/24/21) Gardaland (a Merlin park) has announced that the park has signed a deal with Polin Group’s Futura Form division. Founded in 2012, Futura Form provides production, design and project management as well as producing a number of products from composite materials.
In the same announcement the park also confirms that Jumanji The Adventure is coming for the 2022 season, the world’s first Jumanji themed ride, in a partnership with Sony Entertainment. Jumanji The Adventure is described as a family friendly dark ride that “will take guests on a journey through the jungle, encountering a variety of pitfalls, surprises, and dangers.”
Little more was given about the details of the new attraction, but this seems to confirm the previous rumored posted on Screamscape, which listed Jumanji as the theme of a new family coaster experience that would take the place of the park’s closed Ramses dark ride and feature indoor and outdoor sections.
(9/7/21) Screamscape sources tell us that Gardaland in Italy may be looking into adding a new Jumanji themed ride for the 2022 season, most likely a small themed family roller coaster experience. According to our source it may be from Zierer and be similar to Huracan at Bellewaerde Park, with a small minimal indoor themed area and outdoor unthemed track sections.
Look for the new attraction to take the place of the now closed Ramses: The Awakening dark ride that was unexpectedly closed back in June, and they expect that the Egyptian themed facade will be reworked to have a new Jungle theme. The proposed timeline will see the early pre-work finished by October and installation of the new roller coaster track and supports to start immediately afterwards.
However, don’t expect an official announcement about what is coming to take place until closer to December. With another rumored top secret Jumanji themed attraction also set to be built for the 2023 season at sister park, Chessington in the UK, they are unlikely to be in any hurry to release the details about Gardaland’s project until work is well under way.