Location: Limburg, Netherlands
Toverland, which in English means “Magicland,” is a theme park located in the city of Sevenum, Limburg in the Netherlands. The park was opened in 2001 and is operated by a company called the Gelissen Group. The park is open year round and is a popular place for school groups, families, and teens. Since the park opened, attendance had steadily grown so that now, the park plays host to over 600,000 guests per year. Toverland is divided into four areas, some of which are indoor and some outdoor.
The idea to open Toverland started when Jean Gelissen visited another park with his family and it started to rain and the park had to close. That is when he noticed a gap in the amusement market. The idea for Toverland was born. Gelissen owned a construction company at the time and between his idea to fill the gap in the market and his sister Caroline’s (an elementary teacher) imagination, their “Magicland” started to take shape. They decided that there should be a park that included attractions that were indoors as well as outdoors.
Currently the park is home to thirty attractions. This includes four roller coasters. It also includes a survival course and a variety of shows. There are two indoor themed areas called the Land of the Toos, where guests can ride the Vekoma junior coaster called Boomerang (formerly known as Achtbaan) built in 2001, and the Magic Forest.
The outdoor themed areas are Troy Area and the most recent addition to the park called Magic Valley. In the Greek themed Troy Area, roller coaster enthusiasts will find a 2007 Great Coasters International masterpiece called Troy. This 104.5 foot high woodie sports beautiful Millennium Flyer trains that sail through its 3,534 feet track length. In the Magic Valley area, coaster lovers will find a Vekoma Motorbike coaster called Booster Bike that was built in 2004. While the park waited for Booster Bike to be completed, Wilde Maus, a traveling Mack Rides wild mouse coaster served to entertain riders in the interim. The most recent addition to the park is Dwervelwind, a Mack Rides spinning coaster built in 2012. There are many other flat rides in both the indoor and outdoor areas to keep guests entertained. These include some unusual rides such as Sim Sa La Swing, an unusual swing carousel, the Apple Carousel, which is a Dutch take on the wacky worm roller coaster, and the Forest Racer, which is an Austrian bobsleigh track ride.
The Gelissen Group has big plans for the future of Toverland. In the next few years, they plan to expand the park with a four star hotel with the intent on attracting more visitors and inviting them to stay longer. The park attracts visitors mostly from the Netherlands and the surrounding countries of Belgium and Germany but by the year 2020, Toverland plans to be the next big thing in international amusement attractions. They are well on their way with the additions they have made so far!
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