Company News - (4/11/21) Today we’re going to crack the door and shed a little light into a dark corner of theme park fandom while we bring up the subject matter of hate and cyber bullying. This isn’t something I deal with normally here, as the way I’ve chosen to run Screamscape all these years was to be an open place for everyone to come and read all about subjects we all enjoy, namely theme parks, thrill rides, roller coasters, and themed entertainment and “fun stuff” in general. As such, personally and professionally, I try to stay clear of drama in virtually all forms.
Just because I don’t get involved, I still know that bad stuff is occasionally happening somewhere else, to someone else, and it’s not right. While I’m not here to point fingers the reason I bring this up comes after Theme Park Portal posted an interesting article about the Plopsa theme parks.
It seems that the company has put a halt to their Plopsa Influencers Program for the moment after a number of instances of online cyber-bullying were reported regarding a proposed program the company was ready to set in motion this Summer with social influencers. As part of the promotion, various Plopsa parks across Europe would have invited local social media influencers to “temporarily redecorate attractions” at the parks, or set up temporary “pop-up” attractions. It sounds pretty harmless on the surface, but when word got out on social media about exactly which influencers were being invited to the project… well… lets just say that some people completely lost their minds.
As a result, it sounds like an online war of words was launched from both adults and children against each other over who likes or detests the various influencers that reached such a point that Plopsa’s management was utterly shocked by the hate emails and vile messages being sent and has opted to shut the whole thing down for now.
I’ve said it before, and I'll say it again, but “people” are the reason we lose so many things in the world. “People” have a terrible way of finding a way to ruin just about anything if given the chance. By all means, I know we all don’t have to like every little thing out there, but these days I think people have forgotten that they can still just “change the channel” and decide to ignore a thing that they don’t care for. It’s perfectly acceptable to leave it for others to enjoy rather than waging an online war to have it eradicated.
Except for Peas. Peas are just gross. LOL!
So good job to Plopsa to recognize what was going on and shutting things down before it got out of hand. The idea is a neat one I’d like to see more of in the future however, so maybe they can find a way to bring it back with some tighter controls.
(10/24/20) The CEO of the Plopsa group of parks took the time to share his own thoughts and frustrations with the sudden closure order of all theme parks in Belgium with Euro Professional. Follow the link to read about the situation which he describes as a “painful” one.
(3/13/20) According to a report at BlooLoop, the Plopsa Group is planning to build a new indoor theme park in Prague, Czech Republic with some local partners that they hope to open before the end of 2021. The description of the park says it will be themed around the Maya the Bee character and offer 15 attractions, including a roller coaster. It will be located near a popular shopping center and the airport, so it should lure in local families and tourists alike. If all goes well they hope to start construction in the very near future.
PLOPSALAND DE PANNE (Adinkerke - De Panne, Belgium)
Park News - (10/28/20) Themeparks-EU reports that Plopsa De Panne in Belgium will open their new Plopsa Hotel to guests on November 28th. The theme park had planned to open it this week, but the sudden shutdown of all parks in Belgium prompted them to delay the opening by a month. The new hotel will offer 117 themed rooms, a restaurant, two bars and more.
2021 - The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland - (7/3/21) The new Mack Spining Coaster, Ride to Happiness, at Plopsaland de Panne is now open! Check out the POV video of the new coaster in action below, which starts off with a slow heart-line roll out of the station before hitting the first launch track. From there it is non-stop action, spinning and looping the entire time around a very disorienting course (with a mid-course booster) that is sure to leave riders confused about which way they are looking for the entire run. This looks like one hell of a fun ride, and you can get another view of it in the second video which has a POV from the back car.
(5/23/21) Who’s ready to check out The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland at Plopsaland de Panne? Some sweet aerial drone piloting skills bring this sneak preview to life for you, so check it out below. It sure does look ultra intense!
(5/14/21) TheCoasterKings dropped into Plopsaland de Panne to look at the park’s new “The Ride to Happiness” coaster and surrounding property, as well as catching it doing some testing.
(5/11/21) According to Theme Park Portal, Belgian theme park fans were able to celebrate this past week as both Polosaland de Panne and Plopsa Coo theme parks were able to reopen. There are still capacity limits and mask requirements
Plopsaland de Panne has opened with a new kid-friendly car ride called De Burrtpolite as well as renaming their 70 meter tall Star Flyer tower as the Night Watch Flyer. As for the park’s new themed spinning coaster, “The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland”, they report that the it will be ready to open “this Summer.”
(4/4/21) Some great test footage showing off the new “Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland” thast will soon open at Plopsaland can be found below.
(1/16/21) Plopsaland De Panne has announced the name of their new extreme spinning coaster will be “The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland”. Other than being quite a mouthful, the name is somewhat confusing to say the least, or at least to American ears where “Tomorrowland” is a popular land at Disney’s various Magic Kingdom themed parks across the globe. This is not the case here however as Tomorrowland is a unique music and visual festival in Europe that will help the park with the design of the attraction area as well as create an exclusive soundtrack.
The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland will be the first Extreme Spinning Coaster in Europe, launching riders twice at speeds up to 90 km/h through a layout with five inversions. The freely spinning nature of the cars will provide a unique ride every time.
(12/8/20) Another new construction update for the extreme Mack Rides Spinning Coaster coming to Plopsaland de Panne can be found at TheCoasterKings this week.
(12/6/20) Our friends at the ECC have posted some video footage of the new Mack Extreme Spinning Coaster going up at Plopsaland De Panne. Crews were installing the track sections for the coaster’s highest element. Some still photos of the site taken previously are also below tweeted by Team Loopings.
(9/21/20) New pictures detailing the construction progress on the new Mack Spinning Coaster going to Plopsaland De Panne can be seen below.
(12/23/19) Plopsaland De Panne has released a preview animation of their new Mack Rides Extreme Spinning Coaster coming to the park for the 2021 season that starts out the wild spinning adventure with a Jo-Jo Roll out of the station, two LSM launches and several inversions. Check it out!
(10/23/19) A Tweet from the European Coaster Club shows off the layout and location of a new Mack Rides Spinning Coaster project on the way to Plopsaland De Panne coming in 2021. The new coaster will go between the SuperSplash and Plop Garden areas and feature a launch and several inversions, similar to Mack’s Time Traveler coaster at Silver Dollar City.
PLOPSA COO (Stavelot, Belgium)
2021 - Nothing is known at this time...
PLOPSA INDOOR (Hasselt, Belgium)
2021 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing added since 2013
PLOPSA INDOOR COEVORDEN (Coevorden, Netherlands)
2021 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing added since 2013