Piece by piece the highlight of the 2011 season at HANSA-PARK is gaining shape. Extensive earth works, huge foundations and a long harsh winter - the building team is facing enormous challenges because our new family attraction will set new standards! Be a part of it - join us and follow up on the progress at the construction site in our building blog.
During the past season and in the winter term of 2011/2012, theming work on the “Midgard Serpent” progressed and more and more scenes of the ride were completed. Due to technical problems of the manufacturer, we unfortunately had to dismantle our animatronics serpent in the summer last year so to have its movements and effects optimised. But now, right in time for the start of the season, the serpent is back in its place and finally makes the picture whole.
Since Whitsun, our souvenir shop at the exit of the "Midgard Serpent" has been open for business. On our internet pages you were asked to suggest and send in a name for the shop you favoured most. We received a lot of great suggestions, and we would like to take this opportunity and thank all participants for their enthusiasm.
The decision which of the many names suggested will ultimately be used has now been made: Our souvenir shop will go by the name of “EinarLei”!
Silke Mosterts from North Rhine Westphalia’s Bergkamen came up with this name. We congratulate Ms Mosterts on her win and hope she will enjoy her surprise package.
Of course, a family coaster is only half the fun without the right food and drinks… Which is why, in the next couple of days, “Elin’s Vafflejern” will open its doors - a small bakery offering lots of sweet and hearty North German specialities.
The animatronics serpent, which everyone is so eagerly waiting for, has finally arrived from the USA this week and will be set up over the next few days. In addition, a fog machine as well as a waterfall will be installed to make sure that you’ll be put in the right mood while enjoying your ride on the "Midgard Serpent". The projections, too, will be further optimised.
Thank you so very much for your patience and understanding.
Since April 15th, already more than 20,000 visitors have enjoyed a ride on it: the Serpent of Midgard. Simultaneously, workers have been busy completing the theming.
In the first scene Bragi Boddason, the Skald, is talking live to riders. On Good Friday, April 22nd, the park opened the access to the ride, which is now fully completed. Riders walk through a rock arch underneath the coaster‘s lift and then proceed along a rock wall into the station. In the upcoming construction phases, scheduled for after the Easter holidays, the two gates the coaster runs through will be themed. After that the scenes will be designed further, and by the end of May the special projection effects are planned to be installed.
Go to "Building Blog" and click on "Latest News" to read about the latest developments around our "Midgard Serpent".
After the final piece of track of the family coaster "The Midgard Serpent" had been installed in the middle of March and the last delivery dates had been fixed, the time schedule became easier to plan. At the moment, we assume that our highlight for 2011 will be ready for operation when the park opens for the season on 15 April. The final say, however, lies with TÜV-Süd - the German Technical Control Board - that is currently checking every single item of the roller coaster. Only after the TÜV engineers give the green light can the first passengers finally hop on the ride. Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed that TÜV approves the attraction by 15 April.
Nevertheless do we hope to meet your understanding that one or several themed sections may not be fully completed by then.
The supports have been delivered and installed and now, all track elements are in place. In order not to lose any time unnecessarily, the planned pass-through was built simultaneously in March, right next to the construction site. For days, workers and craftsmen hammered, nailed and carpentered to complete this 10-t heavy structure in time. On 22 March 2011, after all track elements had been properly installed, this behemoth was lifted across the tracks to be put in its final place.
The early and harsh winter has set us back considerably in our time schedule and construction work is in more than full swing now. Action everywhere and everybody is lending a hand: foundations are poured, walls erected and, and, and...
Due to the winter weather we kindly ask for your understanding that right now, we are unable to tell you when exactly the new ride will be completed.