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Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | This article is listed in the sections Zoos and animal parks, Amusement parks and Magazine.

Tornado passing over Freizeit-Land Geiselwind

"Tornado”, "Twister”, "Hurricane”, or "Typhoon” are known to be mightily popular names for roller coasters operating in many amusement parks. Last Saturday night shortly after closing, a real tornado was passing over Freizeit-Land Geiselwind and left a trail of destruction.

Freizeit-Land Geiselwind
Destruction caused by broken branches
"It only took 15 minutes, but it caused huge damages”, said Oliver Mensinger, managing director of Freizeit-Land in the Lower Franconian town of Geiselwind. "We can be grateful that it was already closed so that no visitor was around anymore”, he added. Following the initial assessment, the tornado's trail is clearly visible. It started at the entrance where it tore off the Schwanenbahn's cabin and a fallen tree damaged the popular carousel. The destructions continued across the park towards the forest. Fallen trees caused the biggest damage, some heavy branches hit the tracks of the ride Enzian-Bahn and seating accommodations in front of the Zuckerbäckerei (confectionery shop) were largely destroyed.

The clean-up work has already started in the early hours of Sunday morning. Besides the removal of the fallen trees, the greatest task is to check the condition of the remaining stock of trees. Freizeit-Land Geiselwind thus remains closed for the next few days; unscheduled for the second time in its history of more than 40 years. Over 10 years ago it was forced to postpone the Easter opening by one week, due to an onset of winter with ice and snow in April. The management is convinced that Freizeit-Land will be ready to open its doors again by next Wednesday or Thursday.

Pictures after the tornado in the amusement park

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