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.