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|Location||Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany|
|Opened||19 August 1978|
|Area||~ 850,000 m2|
The Heide Park Resort (German: Heide-Park Resort) is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. With an overall area of over 850,000 m² (210 acres), it is one of the biggest German amusement parks and the biggest in Northern Germany. The theme park is part of the British-based Merlin Entertainments. The current manager of the park is Hannes W. Mairinger.
The site of the park originally belonged to the wildlife park Heidenhof, which was named after the chapel that was built there in 1350. After the zoo was closed in 1972 (following a devastating storm), the showman Hans-Jürgen Tiemann bought the land and opened a small amusement park in 1978 (with the contractual requirement to maintain Heidenhof Chapel as well as the keeping of native animals). When Heide Park opened on August 19, 1978 it offered only six rides: the Monzapiste, the Heide-Park Express, the Oldtimerrundkurs, the Floßfahrt (tow boat ride), the Wichtelhausenbahn and the Hochbahn. In the first season Heide-Park had just under 200,000 visitors. 1979 saw the first dolphin show, for which they built a large domed roof a year later (after the 2008 season, the Dolphinarium was closed due to protests). The Heide-Dorf (Heide-Village), a richly detailed replica of typical buildings from the Lüneburg heath, was inaugurated in the 1988 season. In 1996/'97 the Dutch section of the park was built with a windmill and canal at the other end of the park.
With the growth of the park, the catchment area grew as well. In the 1990s, up to two million people visited Heide-Park each season with 2.100.000 guests in 2001. The following year the UK-based Tussauds Group bought the park and since then attendance to the park has decreased to 1.5 - 1.6 million visitors per annum. Hans-Jürgen Tiemann still has influence in the park by shares and as an advisory director of the Tussauds Group. In early 2007 the Merlin Entertainments Group bought the majority of the shares of Tussauds Group from Dubai International Capital, which had taken over the shares in 2005.
The most recognizable landmark in the park is a 1/3 scale replica of the Statue of Liberty (35 meters tall), it was inaugurated on July 4, 1986 on the 100th anniversary of the original statue. At the end of 2011 the whole structure was relocated to stand within the roller coaster Colossos.
In the 1990´s, Hans-Jurgen Tiemann was successful as a driver and sponsor on the touring-car racing circuit, while his son Marcel Tiemann began a career as a professional race car driver.
The Park 
The park is divided into 1. Park Entrance that features some charming Lower-Saxony style buildings, 2. Bucht der Piraten (Pirate Land) that is mainly themed around the world of pirates, 3. Transilvania with a medieval-style castle on top of the hill surrounded by a forest, 4. Land der Vergossenen (Land of the Forgotten) which hosts the park´s award-winning wooden roller coaster Collosus as well as the Mayan Village that has many flat rides on offer, 5. Wild Wild West was opened in 2008 to celebrate the park´s 30th anniversary, it incorporates Lucky Land. The park´s mascot is a bear called Wumbo.
The music played at Heide Park is a combination of commercial tracks, library music and commissioned music. The following composers have had their music played at the park: Graham Smart, Ian Habgood, David Buckley, Crispin Merrell, and John Sanderson
Five shows are available each day at Heide Park, these are;
- Anger of Mayan, a 25 minute show about Mayan Indians at the Mayan Amphitheater that was built in 2011 and seats 800 people.
- Gold of Port Royal, a 35 minute pirate show at Pirate Arena that was built in 2010 and seats 1200 people.
- Hello Spencer, a 20 minute children´s show based on the popular TV-serie, theater seats 200 people.
- Puppet Comet, a 10 minute puppet show at Puppet Comic Theatre, built in 1985 and seats 100 people.
- Madagaskar LIVE! - It's Circus Time, a 30 minute show based on the movie Madagaskar 3: Flucht durch Europa in a tent, built in 2013.
- Previous shows include The Dolphin Show (closed 2008), The Parrot Show (closed 2008), The Bird Theater (closed 2009).
Heide Park currently has about 40 rides which are mainly aimed at families but its thrill rides are also very popular. One of the main attractions is Colossos, a wooden roller coaster, which until the opening of Balder, on 12 April 2003 in the Swedish amusement park Liseberg, was the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The latest attraction is the dive coaster "KRAKE". It is Germany's first dive coaster and reaches a maximum of 6G positive during the ride.
Roller coasters 
|Name||Type||Opened in||Max. Height||Length||Max. Speed||Manufacturer|
|Big Loop||Steel roller coaster||1983||30 m||706 m||67 km/h||Vekoma|
|Colossos||Wooden roller coaster||2001||60 m||1344 m||120 km/h||Intamin|
|Desert Race||Launched Coaster||2007||19 m||650 m||102 km/h||Intamin. Same layout as Rita at Alton Towers Resort also owned by Merlin Entertainments.|
|Grottenblitz||Powered roller coaster||1985||6 m||370 m||45 km/h||Mack|
|Limit||Vekoma SLC||1999||33 m||689 m||80 km/h||Vekoma|
|Schweizer Bobbahn||Bobsled roller coaster||1993||27 m||990 m||53 km/h||Mack Rides|
|Indy-Blitz||Steel roller coaster||2008||4,5 m||128 m||23 km/h||Zierer|
|Krake||Dive coaster||2011||41m||476 m||103 km/h||Bolliger & Mabillard|
Water rides 
|Name||Type||Opened in||Max. Height||Ride length||Producer|
|Mountain Rafting||Rapid River||1992||-||600 m||Intamin|
|Wildwasserbahn I||Log flume||1980||12 m||600 m||Mack Rides|
|ToPiLauLa-Schlacht||Splashbattle||2010||-||150 m||Mack Rides|
Other attractions 
|Break Dance||Break Dance||1991||HUSS Maschinenfabrik|
|La Ola||Wave Swinger||2009||Zierer|
|Lady Moon||Tilted spinning ride||1991||Huss|
|Floßfahrt||Tow boat ride||1978||Mack Rides|
|Heide-Park Express||CP Huntington train||1978, rebuilt 2004||Chance-Morgan|
|Kanalfahrt||Slow boat ride||1991||Mack Rides|
|Magic||fast spinning ride||1991||Huss|
|Monorail||Monorail||1985, renewed 1995||Intamin|
|Oldtimer||Steerable oldtimer track||1978||Mack Rides|
|Panorama||a 75m tall Gyro tower||1985||Intamin|
|Panormabahn||Train Ride||1978||Mack Rides|
|Okti||Octopus / polyp||1982||Schwarzkopf|
|Huracan||Standup spinning ride||1983||Heinz Fähtz|
|Scream||a 103m tall Drop Tower||2003||Intamin|
|Aqua Spin||Top Spin||1992||Huss|
|Kaptains Törn||a leisurely 4 min boat ride||1997||Mack Rides|
Other Attractions 
Krake Alive! - a 7 min horror maze (2012); Heide Park. This indoor horror maze has 7 different scenes in the 300 sq m building with plenty of special effects and live actors as well. Age limit 12 years.
Go Karts - go karts (2004); extra charge
Kiddie Rides 
Koggenfahrt - circular ride (1982); Mack Rides.
Lucky Land - play area with gold digging, horse shoe throwing, etc. (2008).
Nostalgic Carousel - carousel (1997); Bertazzon.
Pizie Town Train - on track ride (1978); Mack Rides.
Rotor Baron - airplanes (1985); ETZ Marcel Lutz.
Screamie - a 12m tall mini drop tower (2008); Zierer.
Sea Horse Bay - paddle boats for kids (2005); Klarer Freizeitlagen.
Steam Carousel - carousel (1989); Peter Petz.
Water Playground - water play area (1991).
Western Risenrad - mini ferris wheel (2008); Zierer.
Special Events 
Halloween in October
- Heide Park was one of three playable real world parks (with Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach) added to RollerCoaster Tycoon in the Loopy Landscapes expansion pack.
Heide Park Resort 
Hotel Port Royal was opened in 2007, it has 150 family rooms and 16 suites. There is also a Holiday Camp that opened in 2005 with 81 wooden houses in Caribbean style with a total of 536 beds.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Heide-Park|
- Official Flash-Website of the Heide-Park
- Heide-Park Holiday-Camp
- Heide-Park-world - Info, Photos, Forum, Gallery etc.