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Park News - (7/18/15) The giant "cake" stage is already in place for the birthday celebration at Gardaland. Don't worry, a real 200kg cake and 600 bottles of spumante are on hand to celebrate in style after dark tonight, plus DJ’s, dancers, celeb look-a-likes and cosplayers apparently.
(7/15/15) On July 19th, Gardaland will turn 40 years old. To celebrate the park will put on a party starting on Saturday, July 18th where it will stay open until 3am, featuring music, dancing, parades, live shows and more when the party kicks into high gear at 6:30pm. There will also be a record-breaking cake, 8 meters tall and 12 in diameter, "dressed up" with over 40,000 colorful balloons.
(4/24/14) RollerCoasterRevolution reports that Gardaland appears to have put their unique Sequoia Adventure (S&S Screamin’ Squirrel) roller coaster up for sale, and has posted a screen capture from the IRM used rides sale page that is listing the 2005 ride for a hair over $1.5 million. Only three of the coasters were ever sold (2005-2007) before the design concept evolved forward into the the current El Loco model starting in 2008 with Steel Hawg.
2015 - Oblivion: The Black Hole - (3/25/15) A fun complete POV video showing off Oblivion: The Black Hole at Gardaland was posted to YouTube by Parksmania this week. Give it a watch and be sure to look for the warped and twisted scenery props installed at the bottom of the drop that give off the impression that they are being sucked into the black hole with you. Very cool stuff.
(3/2/15) Gardaland has released some impressive new Oblivion: The Black Hole photos that show off a very cool new feature on the coaster... a little thing they are calling the "mysterious space-time conduct", a link portable between Earth and an unknown new place in space and time that you will pass through while diving underground from the top of the coasters lift hill. To help create the effect of passing through this vortex portal of space and time, some impressive giant pieces of practical scenery have been installed just outside the tunnel entrance that are being pulled and stretched by the intense gravitational field of the portal, and to be in the process of being sucked in along with your coaster train.
The park also mentions that not only will there be great themeing and effects at this point on the ride, but the coaster's queue will be a unique and interactive experience.
(1/13/15) It’s official, in another example of Merlin being very uncreative they have named the new Gardaland coaster: Oblivion: The Black Hole, ripping off not just one, but two classic Alton Towers ride names in the process. Given the orange arrow theme the entire teaser campaign has been using, the Oblivion part was expected by many.
The new B&M Dive Machine will feature 6-across trains, drop 42.5 meters down at 85º into a dark tunnel before blasting out the other side at approximately 100 km/h to complete the rest of the coaster’s layout of twists and turns before returning to the station.
(12/31/14) A new collection of Dive Machine construction site pictures from Gardaland can be found over at RollerCoasterRevolution this week.
2016 - Gardaland Adventure Hotel - (9/9/15) Gardaland has
announced that they will build a second themed hotel at the park that will feature 100 rooms and a scenic restaurant experience as part of a 25 million Euro investment. They will call it the Gardaland Adventure Hotel and it is planed to open to guests by June 2016. The rooms will have one of four different themes: Jungle Adventure, Wild West Adventure, Arctic Adventure and Arabian Adventure. The special restaurant will be called the Tutankhamon Restaurant and be themed as the ruins of an old Egyptian temple.