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Mazakaland

Kayseri, Turkey

Mazakaland is a theme park in the Turkish city of Kayseri, featuring rides from Italian manufacturer EOS Rides.

Opened15 June 2013
Websitewww.mazakaland.com
NearbyFun Land (161 miles)
Ankara Luna Park (166 miles)
Göksu Park (177 miles)
Sincan Luna Park (180 miles)
Güven Lunapark (183 miles)
Mazakaland's entrance

Mazakaland's entrance

Far from the main Turkish tourist hotspots lies Mazakaland, a theme park almost right in the middle of Turkey a little over 200 miles from the Syrian border and the city of Aleppo.

The park is roughly laid out in four areas themed around the Far East, Africa, Asia Minor and Ancient Rome. Most of the theming is quite basic, aside from the giant Colosseum fascade which towers over the Southern end of the park and houses a large Gladiator themed dark ride.

Mazakaland's version of the Colosseum

Mazakaland's version of the Colosseum

Mazakaland is a bit of a showcase for Italian manufacturer EOS Rides, with almost all of the attractions on offer being manufactured by them. EOS are a major shareholder, and also created the park's overall design, logo and mascot. The name "Mazaka" comes from the original name for Kayseri, the city in which the park is based.

The theme park has two rollercoasters: Cheetah Hunt, probably the largest coaster model built by EOS; and Spin Coaster, a spinning coaster predominantly designed for children. Of the two, Cheetah Hunt is definitely much better: Spin Coaster has overhead restraints and is an absolutely brutal headbanger.

Wonderful staff in one of the park's shops

Wonderful staff in one of the park's shops

There is also a huge multi-level indoor area, featuring shops and restaurants, arcade machines, conference rooms and a large paintball arena. Mazakaland has clearly been built to cope with big crowds, but unfortunately on the day we visited they were little in evidence and we pretty much had the park to ourselves: the indoor venue especially looked empty and cavernous.

Mazakaland runs on a pay-per-ride policy, with tokens loaded onto a prepaid card. However, given the current value of the Turkish Lira, foreign visitors will not find anything to be concerned about, with each ride working out to be very cheap.

Overall, Mazakaland is nicely presented with a good selection of rides for a small theme park, with the notable exception of Spin Coaster!

Attractions

Zincir

Zincir

Star flyer

Drop Tower

Drop Tower

Drop tower

Erciyes

Erciyes

Log flume

Irmak

Irmak

Rapids ride

Korku Evi

Korku Evi

Dark ride through Ancient Rome

Dönme Dolap

Dönme Dolap

Observation wheel

Discovery

Discovery

Swing ride

Mega Disco

Mega Disco

Disk'O

Gondol

Gondol

Pirate ship

Go-Kart

Go-Kart

Two level go kart track

Çarpişan Araba

Çarpişan Araba

Dodgems

Atli Karinca

Atli Karinca

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