On a sleigh ride with Heidi


Without a theme park the trip from Germany to England is somehow too long and too boring. Since I was already visited Efteling just before Christmas and I had to go through the winter hustle and bustle without a ride on the Bobbaan, I drove to the Belgian coastal town of De Panne, where Plopsaland De Panne holds its Winter Plopsaland Event for more than 10 years. 

The main reason for the visit was the roller coaster Heidi – The Ride, which I could only visual inspect during my last visit. As the theme area of the wild sleigh ride was still under construction, the area resembled a gray concrete complex rather than a colourful Swiss village. I was also very curious about the restrictions during the park’s winter operation.

The first impression of the event was quite positive. The park is very nicely decorated and even has a Christmas plop at every corner of the park. However outside the entrance, this design gets very repetitive. On the other hand, the number of rides in operation is significant. Winter events are nice and good, but if nothing is in operation you can skip the event. In the morning, it truly looked like that. In the afternoon, all rides – with exception of the park’s… Weiterlesen

A great Afternoon in De Panne


Years have passed since I first visited Plopsaland De Panne on a very busy Maundy Thursday. The catapult start roller coaster Anubis – The Ride was just four days old, but the amusement park could not convince me at all. With the derailment of their park railway, which back in the days was running through a large animal enclosure, my mood was down and I left the park early.

My memories of Plopsaland have been negatively influenced since then, but the constant development in De Panne was always of interest. Theme areas have been restructured or pounded out of the ground, a theatre has been built, as well as a very interesting swimming pool. With the construction of the wooden roller coaster Heidi – The Ride and the planned opening a visit was unavoidable, which is why I bought a Plopsa Funcard with parking pass (very worthwhile, especially regarding the Benelux parking fees) in the Holiday Park at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, the wooden roller coaster would not open this year due to noise problems.

After a short visit to the Plopsa Indoor Coevorden I reached the parking lot around 3pm. From there, under the incredibly well-positioned wooden roller coaster, a … Weiterlesen

Plopsa für Zwischendurch


Das 2010 errichtete Plopsa Indoor Coevorden, nahe der deutsch-niederländischen Grenze bei Coevorden, ist der zweite Indoor-Freizeitpark der Freizeitsparte Plopsa der Studio 100 Gruppe. Auf einer Fläche von 15000 m², wovon 10000 m² sich auf die Hallenfläche beziehen, bietet man einige Fahrgeschäfte, Spielgeräte, einen Streichelzoo, etwas Gastronomie und eine größere Bühne; hauptsächlich ausgelegt auf ein jüngeres Publikum.

Die Highlights sind dabei die größere Familienachterbahn Wickiebaan, ein Force Two der Firma Zierer, welche passend zur Neuauflage der Kinderserie „Wickie und die starken Männer“ gestaltet wurde, der Kinderfreifallturm Vuurtoren, der Kontiki De Woeste Zee, sowie die kompakte Drehgondelschaukel Anubis.

Mit kleineren Kindern wird man hier gewiss viel Spaß haben können, zumal die Fahrgeschäfte auch für Erwachsene ein ansprechendes Fahrprogramm bieten. Dennoch ist das Angebot in der, wunderschön gestalteten, Halle und im Außenbereich sehr überschaubar, so dass man hier innerhalb kürzester Zeit alles Relevante bereits erledigt und auch schnell wiederholt hat. Nach gut 30 Minuten war ich bereits wieder auf dem Weg in Richtung der belgischen… Weiterlesen