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HEDGEHOG ENCOUNTER New adventures await Fårup Sommerland guests

Guest visiting Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland will be able to enjoy an encounter with a hedgehog, a squirrel and a Road Runner this season. Located on the northern Jutland peninsula, the park reopened on April 30 with the addition of a new family rollercoaster called Pindsvinet (Hedgehog).

Supplied by Zamperla, the ride seats 14 riders and travels at a speed of up to 7 metres

per second. Its name was supplied by Fårup fans on

Facebook, however a hedgehog and a squirrel (Egern & Pindvin) are also the new mascots of the park and will feature in their own theatre show. A new look entrance awaits guests in 2012, in keeping with the park’s woodland theme, meanwhile a fresh film has been added to the 4D cinema in the shape of the adventures of Wile E Coyote and Road Runner. Debuting in time for high season will be a high diving show. Supplied by the French company Sokol, it will feature six performers leaping into water from heights of up to 25-metres.

Hungry Fårup Sommerland guests may wish to take some time out in the new 350-seat Spisekammeret restaurant, offering three separate food options.

Dragonfly at Duinrell

The Dutch holiday park Duinrell has opened a new Gerstlauer coaster. Measuring 361m (1,184ft) in length, Dragonfly features a 15m (50ft) first drop and stands between the park’s Falcon (Gerstlauer EuroFighter)) coaster and Waterspin (Huss Top Spin).

In total more than DKK25 million ($5m/€4m) has been invested in new attractions for 2012. For more details visit the park’s new look website.

Biggest ever investment for Astrid Lindgren’s World

A 22,000 square metre new land featuring a turn of the 19th/20th century farm is planned for Astrid Lindgren’s World in 2013. The Swedish park is ploughing (pun intended) SEK 95 million ($14m/€11m) into the Katthult project – its largest ever investment.

Guests will be able to stroll under hundred-year-old oaks and see the animals, hayfields, pole fences and stone mounds in a recreation of the Småland countryside. They will also be able to meet the character Emil and his family and sample homely local produce in a new restaurant. Next year will mark 50 years since Astrid Lindgren – the park’s inspiration – wrote his first book about Emil in Lönneberga.

“The brand new family rollercoaster sends you flying through hair-raising curves on an exciting ride through the trees,” says Duinrell’s Sabrina Menheer. Dragonfly has already secured an 8.3 out of 10 rating from Duinrell guests on the park’s website. To view a video of the ride, which opened last month, visit Duinrell is located in Wassenaar between Leiden and The Hague.

Mack Rides expands

Following the appointment of its new executive board (see Park World, March 2012), Mack Rides has announced has begun construction of a new logistics centre in its home town of Waldkirch, Germany. The facility on Mauermattenstrasse will be complete by the end of October and give the manufacturer an extra 2,000 square metres of space. This will make the flow of goods easier, enabling the company greater flexibility in responding to customer orders. "The great interest across the world in our quality products with the ‘Made in Germany’ seal encourages us to invest in Waldkirch," says Mack Rides managing director Christian von Elverfeldt. "It is


particularly important in times of a shortage of skilled personnel to find expertise in the domestic market." Known these days for a wide range of rollercoasters, water rides and carousels, the Mack family manufacturing business began as a supplier of fairground wagons and circus caravans.

Pictured at the groundbreaking are, left to right: Mack Rides’ Günter Burger and Christian von Elverfeldt, circus priest and friend of the Mack family Ernst

Heller, Roland Mack, Mack Rides’ Thorsten Köbele, Michael Mack and Christel Mack-Even.

MAY 2012

“In our attempts to bring stories to life, it feels important to be able to show a farm and the Småland farmers’ countryside, the way it looked in Emil’s day and when Astrid Lindgren grew up,” says the park’s managing director Mikael Ahlerup. “It feels important, not least today, when many children grow up in a town environment and may not go to the country very often.”

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