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Report - Dadipark - Dadizele - Belgium - August 11

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Lolz101, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Lolz101

    Lolz101 28DL Regular User
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    It's been a while so i have a few to catch up on.
    On my way back from my jollys we stopped off for some theme park fun :):):)
    I know everyone is familiar with the site so i will keep the history short!


    History
    : Dadipark or Dadizelepark as it was originally known is the oldest amusement park in Europe, dating back to the 1950s. Dadizele, at that time, was already a tourist destination as many people went there on pilgrimage. Over time the park evolved from a playground for the children of visitors to The Basilica of Our Lady of Dadizele. The park was very different from your average theme park instead of focusing on large modern attractions, it was rather accessible and affordable mainly for small children. It boasted an 800m long suspension bridge, said to be the longest in europe.

    The site had a poor accident history and in 2000 a 9-year-old boy lost his arm in one of the attractions. This accident was the latest in a series of incidents, but also the most horrific accident. More and more people started to complain about safety and less and less people visited the park. In 2002, it was announced that the park would be closed for one year for renovation, but the park has not reopened since. Since 2004, several companies expressed interest in buying the park and turning it into a modern park with more modern attractions like a lazy river and an events centre. Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract investors.

    Reopening therefore seems more unlikely than ever.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb

    More photos can be found here
     

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