Attractiepark Duinen Zathe is a small theme park in the municipality of Appelscha in the picturesque province of Friesland. Originally started in 1958 as a catering business, it grew into a genuine amusement park, which moved to its present location in 2001. Families with small children have always been the main target group of the park, so that it can mostly be seen as a slightly larger playground with a few smaller rides. In the meantime the park has repositioned itself as an all-inclusive theme park and, like Kernie’s Wunderland or Drouwenerzand Attractiepark, offers included catering – but this is only available starting at noon.
Besides the children’s roller coaster Spur & The Big Apple, the park offers the very worth seeing ghost train Spookhuis – which is however neither very scary nor very dark -, a bumper car, a mat and dinghy slide, the Twister Flying Swing, a small oldtimer ride, as well as some children’s rides for the younger visitors.
Interestingly, however, Attractiepark Duinen Zathe is home to a Mondial Super Nova, a cult attraction of the late 1980s. A gondola swings back and forth up to an angle of 90° on both sides between two arms that operate separately. La Cólera de Akiles in the Spanish Iberia Park in Benidorm proves that this is a very fun ride, however, all potential is wasted by the automatic ride cycle. It is indeed quite suitable for the younger audience, but parents should be able to have fun as well in such a park; otherwise they will be bored and wait in the entrance area of the park for their children.
All in all, Attractiepark Duinen Zathe is charming, nicely designed and, particularly due to its all-inclusive offer, can entertain families with small children without having to worry too much about the wallet. Even as a single amusement park fan, you can have fun in the park, after all, with the ghost train and the Super Nova, there are two truly great rides in the park; unfortunately, I was just a bit unlucky not to have found the Mondial ride in manual operation.
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