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Mayaland 3 Plopsa comes to Poland!

The Plopsa Group is to licence its first theme park outside the Benelux or Germany with the announcement of a new Mayaland indoor/outdoor park for the Polish city of Kownaty.

The 10-hectare project, set to open “in the next two to three years”, will form the first part of the larger 207-hectare Holiday Park Kownaty development. Billed as “Poland’s first genuine theme park,” Mayaland will be funded by the Dutch private equity firm Momentum Capital at a cost equivalent to €30 million. Holiday Park Kownaty spokesman Daniel Heinst says the format of the park will be similar to Plopsa Indoor Coevorden in the Netherlands, only with a slightly larger outdoor component. It is the first park to be approved by Plopsa/Studio 100 since the Belgian company announced plans to licence its intellectual properties and TV characters, including Maya the Bee, to external park owners. and developers. Currently the company runs five of its own parks including Plopsaland De Panne, Plopsa Coo and Plopsa Indoor Hasselt in Belgium, Holiday Park in Germany and the aforementioned Plopsa Indoor Coevorden. Maya themed lands currently feature at two of these sites (Holiday Park

and De Panne). Holiday Park Kownaty, whose identity will be distinct from the German park (Plopsa has no trademark on the Holiday Park name), will be located roughly midway between Berlin and Poznañ, and so is expected to attract visitors from both Germany and Poland. In announcing plans

for the park in a press conference recently at Euro Attractions Show in Amsterdam, the team behind it was asked what made it a more viable proposition to a previous Dutch-Polish collaboration. “This is a proven concept, not a new idea based on a ‘dream’ for large amounts of money,” replied Momentum Capital CEO Martijn van Rheenan, alluding to the ill-fated Adventure World Warsaw.

“Maya the Bee is a timeless character that is loved by all ages,” adds Heinst. “Studio 100

Waly Race Since its introduction in 2010,

Zamperla has supplied more than 30 Air Race rides to locations around the world. Here’s a nice custom-themed version, named G-Lock, supplied this summer to Walygator in north east France (formerly Walibi Lorraine). As the area in question already featured a space theme, Zamperla developed a new theme for the Air Race which utilised a different plane shape and a special colour scheme.

As can be seen in our picture, the result is excellent and is enhanced even more by the great work carried out in the surrounding area by the Walygator staff. With this latest opening there are now fur Air Race rides in Europe, the other three stationed at Drayton Manor and Brighton Pier in the UK and Zoomarine in Portugal.

Majaland at Holiday Park, Germany

presents the adventures of this cheerful bee to children and their parents through the TV show and brand new movie. I am convinced that with Maya we have brought a global brand on board which will ensure a fantastic start to Holiday Park Kownaty.”

The larger Polish development that Mayaland will be part of will also include golf courses, holiday homes and hotels and in addition to various recreation facilities. Once they are in their stride, Heinst and his team expect to announce new projects every three to six months.

Walibi’s Boomerang comes

back! Walibi Rhône-Alpes is the latest park in the Walibi chain to upgrade one of its old rollercoasters with the relaunch of is Vekoma Boomerang as EqWalizer. As well as repainted track and supports in some very vivid colours, the ride now features a brand new train courtesy of the Austrian manufacturer Sunkid. The sleek 16-seat train provides a smoother ride

experience and was supplied together with an on-board sound system courtesy of Tejix. Sunkid has previously supplied replacement trains for an old Vekoma coaster at the Prater in Vienna and a travelling Schwarzkopf coaster in Germany. Walibi Rhône-Alpes’ Boomerang first opened at the French park in 1988.


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