Theme park Toverland is going to expand with a new entrance area and a new themed area in 2018. By doing this the park increases one and a half times in size. Today, during an exclusive press conference Toverland announced that the new themed area is called Avalon. Also, more details were revealed concerning the two major attractions which are situated in this mythical place: the spectacular wing coaster Fēnix and the magical boat ride Merlin’s Quest.
For this new themed area the theme park was inspired by Celtic legends about the famous wizard Merlin, King Arthur and the magical sword Excalibur. Peter van Holsteijn, chief designer of Toverland, says: ”Avalon is a magical place with Merlin in its centre. Together with his ally Fēnix he ensures that good magic prevails. The dark side always lurks.“
The wing coaster, one of the eye-catchers of Avalon, carries the name Fēnix. On a wing coaster, the trains hang on either side of the track which creates a unique flying experience. Van Holsteijn: “The almighty firebird Fēnix arises from its own ashes every 777 years. Our guests are invited to take place under Fēnix’s wings to accompany it on its first journey after resurrection.” The manufacturer of this coaster is the leading Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard. Fēnix is a whopping 40 metres high, 813 metres long and reaches a top speed of 95 km/h. During the ride passengers loop three times and the inexperience of the only just resurrected Fēnix ensures several ‘near misses’. A ride takes, boarding and disembarking excluded, about two minutes. It is the longest wing coaster in Europe and the first of its kind in the Benelux.
In the boat ride Merlin’s Quest guests can enjoy a boat ride across the waters of Avalon which lasts 12 minutes. Van Holsteijn indicates that the guests are on a search for Tir na nŌg, the source of eternal youth. During the ride the boat sails into a ruin. The source of eternal youth might just be in this so-called dark ride section. The boat ride is an attraction for the whole family. In total 14 boats sail a 430 metres track. Two boats are accessible to disabled persons. Merlin’s Quest is constructed by the German company MACK Rides. This family business also constructed the spinning coaster Dwervelwind and the water ride Backstroke in Toverland.
With seven hectares in total this is the largest expansion in the history of Toverland involving an investment of approximately 35 million euros. Later more will be revealed about the new entrance area. It is the ambition of Toverland to break through the magical barrier of one million visitors in the next few years. The theme park therefore wants to prolong dwell time by opening new expansions and a four star hotel resort. The future will be full of magic.