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Energylandia

Zator, Poland

Poland’s largest theme park, boasting a huge and growing collection of rollercoasters

Opened14 July 2014
SeasonApril to October
Websiteenergylandia.pl
NearbyZatorland (2 miles)
Legendia (26 miles)
Twinpigs (31 miles)
Park Kolejowy (32 miles)
Rabkoland (36 miles)
Entrance sign, with Hyperion behind

Entrance sign, with Hyperion behind

Energylandia is the largest theme park in Poland, covering a 26 hectare site in the town of Zator, around 30 miles west of Kraków.

The park only opened in 2014, but as of 2019 it boasts 12 rollercoasters with four more due to be added for the 2020 season, including what will be Europe’s largest RMC hybrid coaster. Energylandia’s massive growth has been possible largely due to EU funding – the argument having been successfully made that a huge investment would give a much needed boost to tourism in the area.

Speed water coaster

Speed water coaster

Of course, quantity does not always equal quality. Energylandia is at times an odd mix of world class theming and attractions with some badly thought out tat and strange decisions. Take for example Speed, the park’s Intamin Water Coaster. It’s a wonderful ride with a unique vertical lift, and I wish more parks would add them. The station theming is hugely detailed, but then boats end up floating down a horrible concrete water channel past some very fake looking rocks. Worse, the ride music is the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean (definitely totally licenced, right?).

Although some of the park’s rollercoasters are not great – people rate the spinning wild mouse with overhead restraints as even worse than the Vekoma SLC (another weird decision – why would you equip a brand new park with an SLC??), some of the other coasters are fantastic. I really enjoyed Boomerang, the Vekoma Family Boomerang; Dragon Roller Coaster, the Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster; and Formula, a Vekoma Space Warp with a smooth as silk LSM launch.

New for 2018 was Hyperion, king of Energylandia’s rollercoasters and a real icon for the park. The 250 foot tall Intamin airtime machine dominates the Energylandia car park, sitting beside the main road which runs alongside. It is definitely a world-class ride.

Stunt Show

Stunt Show

Together with its gigantic ride line-up, Energylandia operates a large daily show schedule. Nothing I saw was overly spectacular, but the stunt show was good and featured the usual variety of motorbikes and cars whizzing around, wheels squealing.

Less impressive was “The Prince of Magic”, a show which featured a number of illusions involving putting people in various boxes and either making them disappear or chopping off various limbs. Unfortunately, seeing the extra pairs of feet lurking beneath curtains, and the spike that had supposedly just pierced through a glamourous assistant sticking out of her at completely the wrong angle, rather ruined the illusion. Still, I guess he might improve before he becomes “King” of magic.

If you’ve ever wondered what the EU does for its citizens, take a visit to Energylandia. While not everything about the park is perfect, overall it is very impressive. With 12 rollercoasters and growing, it’s a coaster counter’s heaven. If you’re not into whoring creds, you can afford a more relaxing stroll through the park to take in the higher quality attractions, of which there are still enough to easily fill a day.

Attractions

Hyperion

Hyperion

Intamin Mega Coaster

Speed

Speed

Intamin Water Coaster

Formula

Formula

Vekoma Space Warp launch coaster

Dragon Roller Coaster

Dragon Roller Coaster

Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster

Boomerang

Boomerang

Vekoma Family Boomerang

Roller Coaster Mayan

Roller Coaster Mayan

Vekoma SLC

Jungle Adventure

Jungle Adventure

Whitewater rapids ride

Space Booster

Space Booster

Booster

Toffifee Gold Mine

Toffifee Gold Mine

Log flume

Anaconda

Anaconda

Water ride

Monster Attack

Monster Attack

Interactive dark ride

Viking Roller Coaster

Viking Roller Coaster

SBF Visa Spinning Coaster

Pyramid Cinema 7D

Pyramid Cinema 7D

7D cinema show

Happy Loops

Happy Loops

SBF Visa Compact Spinning Coaster

Energuś Roller Coaster

Energuś Roller Coaster

Vekoma Junior Coaster

Atlantis

Atlantis

Small family rapids ride

Mars

Mars

Martian themed kiddie coaster

Sky-High Ships Carousel

Sky-High Ships Carousel

Boat themed observation wheel

Magic Fly

Magic Fly

Family monorail

Sissi, the Fairy-Tale Carousel

Sissi, the Fairy-Tale Carousel

Carousel

Circus Coaster

Circus Coaster

SBF Visa kiddie coaster

Frutti Loop Coaster

Frutti Loop Coaster

Big Apple kiddie coaster

Shows and Entertainment

Moto & Fire Extreme Energylandia

Moto & Fire Extreme Energylandia

Stunt Show

The Prince of Magic

The Prince of Magic

Magic stage show

Western Show

Western Show

Musical Wild West themed show