Wild western themed park in The Netherlands
|Season||April to October|
|Attendance||1,400,000 (TEA 2011)|
|Nearby||Avonturenpark Hellendoorn (17 miles)|
De Waarbeek (28 miles)
Movie Park Germany (71 miles)
Toverland (88 miles)
Efteling (93 miles)
Attractiepark Slagharen is a theme park in the Netherlands near the border with Germany.
The park has a Wild West theme and is laid out in two main sections connected by a long Western themed main street which contains many of Slagharen's shops and numerous restaurants. A chairlift runs above the street, allowing visitors access between the northern and southern areas without needing to walk between them each time, although arguably that can be a lot quicker than waiting in the queue!
Slagharen's major rollercoaster is Gold Rush, a launched Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster which was opened at the park in 2017 to replace its Schwarzkopf Looping Star. The park's other rollercoaster is a Vekoma Junior Coaster which can be found at the opposite end to Gold Rush and is named simply "Mine Train".
Amongst several fairground type flat rides, other major attractions include Ripsaw Falls, a log flume; Big Wheel, a large Schwarzkopf observation wheel; and Free Fall, a drop tower. The theme park's most unusual ride is Wild West Adventure, a Wild West themed indoor dark ride featuring boats more commonly seen on white water rapids rides.
Slagharen has an unusual policy at closing time: all the shops shut their doors at exactly that time too, leading to a rush of visitors out of the exit without any chance to linger to browse souvenirs or even get a drink. Given the park's car park is not particularly well designed, it quickly becomes gridlocked with angry drivers trying to push their way into the massive queue battling its way towards the exit gates. Hardly a fantastic way to end a day at a theme park!
Slagharen is nice enough, but not an outstanding park. While its main street is nicely themed, aside from Gold Rush it lacks any real stand out rides or attractions. Unfortunately its relatively small size means the main areas feel quite packed and it quickly becomes rather laborious to either walk between them or wait for the cable car.
Spinning tower ride
Centrepiece Jules Verne themed wave swinger
Spinning water guns
Scenic monorail ride
Magical flying bicycles
Antique car ride
Children's car driving ride
Wild West show
Chair lift above Main Street
Main Street restaurants
The southern half of Slagharen
Northern plaza and Gold Rush
Music Hall restaurant
Riding the chair lift
Entrance to Jules Verne Adventureland
Expedition Nautilus and Apollo
Randy's Pizza and Pasta
Totem Western Shop
A vehicle makes its way down Main Street
Chairlift over the river