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Park Profile

In a league of its own

Becci Knowles talk to Claudia Leicht, who owns HANSA-PARK in Germany with her husband Andreas, about introducing new, high tech attractions within the context of the park’s original theme, The Hanseatic League

When was HANSA-PARK established and how has it evolved over the years? HANSA-PARK was established in 1977 and has since developed into an amusement park with its own authentic theming which is one of its kind worldwide: The Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League (also known as Hansa) was a medieval trading alliance formed by cities from all over Europe that provided its member cities with exotic goods and a stream of fresh ideas. Once known as a park featuring mainly shows and exhibitions, we have developed it into a park offering a wide portfolio of high tech attractions for all ages.

You say that its your guests shape the park and what it has to offer - how so? Constant monitoring and surveying help us find out what our guests really like and where the demand is. We are always combining technical innovations with our guests’ desires.

Which are your most popular rides and attractions, and why? That is a hard question since there are so many attractions that we offer. With small children The Little


Tsar, our kiddie’s coaster, is one of the most popular rides. Thrillseekers prefer our world record breaking attractions such as The Curse of Novgorod, The Oath of KÄRNAN and the new Highlander ride.

How important are your themed areas to the overall feel and character of the park? Theming adds to the character of the park if it includes a professional presentation. Without theming it is extremely hard to bring a park alive. The themes that we bring to life are determined by our overall theme, The Hanseatic League. Everything that we implement into the park relates to the Hanseatic League, such as Hanseatic towns or partners or areas that are influenced by the Hanseatic League .

How do you decide which manufacturers to work with, and how closely do you like to work with them when developing new rides and attractions? Once we have identified the attraction that we eventually would like to build, we get in touch with the manufacturer who is able to meet our requirements. Throughout the years we have

established a strong network which enables us to chose the right business partner for us.

Tell me about your newest ride, Highlander and the new themed area that houses it, ‘Beautiful Britain’? Where am I to begin? Beautiful Britain will enchant our guests hopefully to the point of wanting to visit Scotland themselves - just like we did last year. We travelled to Eilean Donan Castle, got inspired by the Scottish landscape and British garden design and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful country. Theming Beautiful Britain in HANSA-PARK of

course meant rebuilding the station of our classic coaster Nessie as authentically as possible, implementing many details we saw at the Scottish castles. It also meant picking up the colours of Scotland. Our gardeners, for example, planted typical plants in colours typical of the highlands. You will find them all around the station of Nessie and the Rasender Roland ,which will be renamed to Royal Scotsman next year. As you enter the court (waiting area) of Eilean Donan Castle you will find British garden culture featuring many flowers, ivy and all

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