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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Amusement parks and Magazine.

Geiselwind boasts seasonal attractions

"Fahrt zur Hölle" experiencing visitor rush
Like almost every amusement park in Germany, Freizeit-Land Geiselwind experienced "the worst April in years". At least that's how general manager Michael Mensinger described the start of the running season. After the weather called for postponing the opening date to the Easter holidays and the so-far modest number of visitors on weekends, the Franconian park finally has good reason to be optimistic.

From Geiselwind to Oktoberfest

All new attractions and show programmes at the amusement park near the A3 motorway between Würzburg and Nuremberg were officially launched on 1st May. This year, the slogan "Lassen Sie sich beGEISTern!" reveals pure spooky enthusiasm: show programmes, such as Ghosthunter, were updated and the 4D film "Elviras Mystic-Castle" is eager to create spine-chilling sensations.

Located right opposite the Wild Mouse roller coaster, which is in operation this season as in the previous, the impressive backdrop of "Fahrt zur Hölle" (German for "ride to hell") adds to the thrill. Freizeit-Land Geiselwind features the ghost train, operated by showman Dom-Jollberg, from 1st May until 11th september 2013, last day of the state's summer holidays, before both rides return to the Munich Oktoberfest. 25 animated figures, 2 scare actors and a whole bunch of gruesome effects drew huge crowd on the first day already.

Wilde Maus im Freizeit-Land Geiselwind
Wild Mouse roller coaster at Freizeitland Geiselwind

New temporary attractions

Freizeit-Land Geiselwind thus relies on a, for German amusement parks, unusual but interesting strategy for the third season in a row. In 2009, Bavaria's leading amusement park launched the 4D Cinema and the Family Ferris Wheel as the last own big attractions, whereas primarily showmen have been providing their rides for the last few years. That's how Geiselwind manages, in contrast to the vast majority of amusement parks in Germany, to continually present new attractions during periods of economic difficulty. At the end of the day one thing is sure: Hardly any visitor cares about whoever owns a ride.

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