Holiday Park is huge family children oriented theme park with a couple of world-class roller coasters. The Plopsa group Haßloch, Germany located venue has almost everything for each age group, from “Majaland” kids land built by the summer of 2012 with eleven attractions to Expedition G-Force, a steel giga coaster that ranks just after Silver Star at Europa Park and Shambhala at PortAventura as the tallest roller coaster operating on the European mainland.
In fact, from its inception in the 1970’s Holiday Park suffered huge transformations, mostly since the Belgium group took over in 2010 with the introduction of Free Fall Tower, the first amusement ride of its kind in Europe, the revamped entry and parking areas and off course Sky Scream, a brand new roller coaster with 3 boasts, 100 kms per hour and reverse ridding. Also, the 400,000 m² area have now a coherent theme based on the group’s children cartoon intellectual properties including Maya the Bee, Wickie, the Viking and Tabaluga among others.
In our visit on August 2015 on a sunny weekday the park wasn’t too crowded (but the 12,848 visitors in 2014 can give you an indication for what can expect on weekends) and the lines were very good.
We went several times on Expedition G-Force (a 1.2 kilometres/0.75 mi long ride with an 82 degree first drop and seven periods of weightlessness) and each time it was a fantastic ride. Thunder River is also a really good rapids ride but we got soaked. Really soaked. The food was better than in Disneyland and Europa Park and more reasonably priced. You can also bring your own food and drink without any problem. Rental lockers (big and small sizes) were available at the entrance. Online discounted tickets (less than 30€ for an adult) and free parking were also good news.
On the downside there were too many insects onsite and the stunt boat zombie show on the lake and Castle Falkenstein dark ride were a bit disappointing.
Also I have some mixed feelings about the Christmas customization and parade. Thousands of Santa’s in the middle of August is strange but fun at the same time. You decide.
One final word for the staff which were extra careful and attentive to security issues. We can only understand. The park is still bouncing back from 2013 terrible accident. Three employees were charged in the death of an 11 years old American soldier’s daughter on the Spinning Barrels ride that started while child and her mother were still standing on the platform next to one of the barrels.
All in all Holiday Park did not disappoint with its wide choice of rides and large beautiful kept gardens to stroll around and take pictures.
Good value all round.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes 18/09/2015
Location: Holidayparkstraße 1-5, 67454 Haßloch, Germany
Tickets: From 28€ adults (online)
Park is open from April to OctoberTop Rides
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