Gardaland Park is part of the resort is located in Castelnuovo del Garda, near the highway the from Milan to Verona and overlooking beautiful Lago di Guarda. The complex also includes Gardaland Sealife and a Hotel.
The park opened to the public on July 19, 1975 and since October 2006, the park is owned by the British company Merlin Entertainments. In 2015 the park was the 8th most visited in Europe with 2,850,000 guests.
The park is divided in 9 themed areas: Castello Merlino, Piazza, Aladino, Pirati, Energy, Rio Bravo, Fantasy Kingdom and Kids Country and offers a freefall tower, upside down roller coasters, theme rides, water rides, children’s attractions and various shows including; a sea lion show, an ice show and a Broadway show. There is also a 4D cinema and numerous restaurants and snack bars.
The diversity makes Gardaland the Italy’s number one theme park. The park currently has six roller coasters and almost a total of 40 rides, including Raptor (see photo), Blue Tornado, Magic Mountain, Sequoia Adventure, Orto Bruco and Mammut. In 2015 the park opened Oblivion: The Blackhole, a dive coaster Chain Lift Hill that features an Immelmann, a 270° Helix and Heartline Roll that became the first vertical drop roller coaster in Italy. In 2017 the park opened a virtual reality coaster called Shaman.
In our opinion Gardaland is an amazing amusement park. Your time flies so fast that if you wish to get all the fun you can from it you have to spend more than a day there. Most of the attractions are family-friendly, but at the same time the roller coasters are thrilling. Food is a bit expensive inside the park though and I’d recommend you to bring your own food and drinks to spend the day with.
We already went two times to Gardaland. In mid July 2012 the weather was unstable but we were told that summers can be really hot in the lake area and there aren’t many places where you can cool down than on water rides. One major plus is that the park closes late and ridding at night Blue Tornado was a fantastic experience.
We come back in December 2014 all the major rides were closed due to an ice storm. However, the park was beautiful all covered in white . And again in the Summer of 2017 with 35 Celcius and experience first hand all the park’s changes.
The park grew a lot with Oblivion: The Black Hole dive coaster from 2015 and with last year’s Kung fu Panda kids themed area.
Several kids rides and even a decent spinning roller coaster by Mack Rides: Kung Fu Panda Masters. Neat stuff!.
VR was everywhere in 2017 and Italy’s nº1 theme park was no exception. Shaman, is now as a double loop-the-loop VR coaster inspired by the world of native American Indian spirits. The former coaster set was revamped to recreate the way of living of the tribes inhabiting the Rocky Mountains.
And during our 2017 visit was also time to street meet and greet with park characters.
The park entry is not very expensive (30€ if you buy online instead of the regular 34€).
I don’t know when, but i’m sure I will come back again 🙂
By Carlos Canaes, Ana Rita Mendes, Paula Martins, Roberto Brito and Ana Alegria. Updated: 04/01/2019
Location: Via Derna, 4, 37014 Castelnuovo del Garda Verona, Italy
Tickets: From 37€ Online
Opens from April to DecemberTop Rides