BELLEWAERDE PLANS SAFE AND SMOOTH REOPENING

 BY GABRIELLE

The Bellewaerde Amusement Park and Bellewaerde Aquapark in Belgium are planning a seamless and safe reopening of the attraction sites.

Measures to be implemented at the sites are expected to include a cap on the number of visitors. Face masks will be available at the sites and distance markers put in place to ensure visitors keep their distance from one another while queuing for attractions. Additional cleaning routines will also be introduced.

Filip Van Dorpe, a spokesperson at Bellewaerde, said: ““We are taking measures to keep the staff working safely and still provide visitors with an unforgettable day of fun and adventure. Once the government provides more clarity about a possible opening date, we want to be sufficiently prepared to guarantee our visitors a pleasant and safe visit, without losing sight of the safety of our own people.

“We placed a group order for our masks for our employees. In order to bridge an initial opening period, more than 100,000 copies are on order,” Van Dorpe added.

The park’s general manager, Stefaan Lemey, noted how safety has always been a main concern. “Safety has always been a top priority at Bellewaerde and this will be no different this season. We will make every effort to welcome visitors in a safe manner, taking into account the various measures,” Lemey said.

BELLEWAERDE’S NEW FAMILY COASTER IS NAMED WAKALA

BY GABRIELLE

The name has finally been announced for the new family coaster that’s currently under construction at Bellewaerde in Belgium – Wakala. The new attraction is being built in the theme park’s Canadian zone.

The ride’s name is in reference to a legendary figure of the Kwakiutl tribe of Canadian Indians. The tribe lives in the forests on the water banks of western Canada and use canoes to travel around, which are a key element in the theming of the new attraction.

The family-friendly ride features two lift hills, some sharp but comfortable bends and a 21-metre-high antenna above the Bellewaerde pond, where the trains rotate forwards and backwards.

The total investment for the Wakala attraction is 7.5m euros.

Commenting on the new attraction, Stefaan Lemey, director of Bellewaerde, said: “Bellewaerde consciously invests in this coaster because it is a family attraction and is suitable for children as from 1-metre height.

“Wakala is a perfect addition to the existing offer in the park. Bellewaerde offers its visitors a new sensation with this attraction, which both young and old can experience together,” Lemey added.

Wakala will open to the public in the spring of 2020.