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Plopsaqua P


Belgium’s new Viking-themed water paradise


The Plopsa group has opened its first ever waterpark. The richly-themed €16 million indoor complex is located at the company’s flagship property Plopsa De Panne on the Belgian coast and has been entertaining guests since its inauguration on March 22


lopsa prides itself on originality and an extensive theming and this is no different in its water park,” highlights a spokeperson for the company, which


operates three parks in Belgium and one each in Germany and the Netherlands.


15 years of fun


In addition to the opening the new waterpark, Plopsaland De Panne will welcome an additional €4 million of improvements for 2015, its 15th anniversary season. A new area dedicated to Studio 100 characters Samson & Gert – Samson lending the “Sa” to Plopsa (Plop the gnome providing the first half) – will be complemented by a new castle structure around the park’s teacup ride.


Spread across 4,00 square metres, including an outdoor


area, visitors to Plopsaqua can enjoy six waterslides, an interactive water play area, white-water course, whirlpools, water cannons and three subtropical pools. Suppliers included Wiegand Maezler and others. With added scenery and sound and light effects including a simulated storm that erupts four times daily over the wave pool, the Plopsa/Studio 100 team has elevated this beyond the standard indoor waterpark experience. The theming features Studio 100 hero Vicky the Viking in a setting that depicts a thawing snow landscape at sunset. All the characters from the TV cartoon series are here, joined by a family of wolves, a whale, bear and other Scandinavian animals scattered across the landscape. There is no skylight inside the complex, but scenographic lighting is used to immerse visitors in the atmosphere of a Viking village at sunset. Together with underfloor heating, this provides the unique offer of a cold climate portrayed in a warm environment.


Green credentials Water hygiene is ensured by means of RO purification and salt electrolysis, which causes chlorine irritation to be limited to a minimum in comparison to pools with less advanced systems. Plopsaqua De Panne also incorporates several ecological initiatives including energy saving LED lighting and a heat recovery ventilation system. The aforementioned


42 MAY 2015


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