Edenlandia, Naples amusement park
If you happen to be on holiday with children in the Amalfi Coast, and you are a bit tired of spending your days at the beach and admiring dream landscapes, you can decide to embark on a nice trip towards Naples. Here you will find the amusement park Edenlandia, full of attractions for all ages and lots of colorful, entertaining shows.
Edenlandia is Naples amusement park. It is located in the Fuorigrotta district, close to San Paolo Stadium. Opened in 1965, it’s been the first European theme park, inspired by the Californian Disneyland, which had been opened some ten years earlier. Since the beginning, the amusement park was designed for the enjoyment of children and adults alike, with attractions for all ages.
During the 1970s, Edenlandia has been a cutting edge theme park, with new and unique attractions in Europe, such as the log water ride or the Roller Coaster “Mont Blanc”, the latter closed in 2001. That was a very special time for the park, with many cultural activities for school children organized in collaboration with public institutions.
During the following two decades, Edenlandia lost some of its sheen, and especially visitors, but at the beginning of 2001 it revives, mainly due to the construction of the Palaeden Theatre, suitable for hosting shows by popular entertainment artists, but especially 3D films. This large theatre has a capacity of 800 seats and is used for plays and musicals organized by the Park, but also by external companies and animation companies.
Edenlandia features some 30 attractions, some of which were opened in 2011, such as the roller-coaster, the Mini-Bumper Cars, Sojutz (a rotating cylindrical cage) and Tobaga, where you go down on a water slide at different angles sitting on a mat. Edenlandia’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly the Castle of Lord Sheidon, which has remained unchanged since the 1960s, is accessed by a raft and has rather fickle ceilings.
Today Edenlandia is one of the leading theme parks in Southern Italy and is managed by the Swiss-Italian company Brain’s park. Yet in the ’60s it was among the first to adopt the ‘all inclusive’ admission fee formula, with the “Bracciale dell’Allegria” (i.e. the Bracelet of Cheerfulness) allowing visitors to ride almost all the attractions. Even today, the bracelet is still a symbol of the park. For €12 you can access more than half of the rides, while you have to pay extra for others (costing €2 and up.)
The “Bracciale dell’Allegria” allows access to many attractions, including the Bumper Cars for adults, the Magic Castle of Lord Sheidon, full of mystery and cherished by children, the carousel horses, the roller-coaster for kids called Jumbo Volante, and the Star Wars attraction. The bracelet also allows visitors to ride on the train that runs around the perimeter of the park, enjoy the amazing water log ride, and visit the old Far West village Vecchia America, where you will be surrounded by cowboys and Indians.
Only a few other attractions are excluded from the bracelet package. Among these are the Chinese Dragon – a rather fast train with many ups and downs, the carousel ride Sojutz, the 3D cinema, the Manor of Ghosts – a classic horror path, the Water Balls – in which children are seated in large balls that rotate on water, and the Toy Towns, a space dedicated to video games.
Recently, the Jumping Frog ride has been installed, trampolines and jumping mats for daring bounce performances, as well as the Mixtreme, a classic adventure attraction set in a wooded area inside the amusement park.
During the year, Edenlandia arranges promotional offers and provides discounted access to the park. Just recently, for example, Ikea Family card holders have been able to enter the park with a 2×1 formula, 1 paid ticket and another one for free.
You can reach Edenlandia by car driving on the bypass road and taking the exits Fuorigrotta and Agnano, then follow the signs to Edenlandia. Also, many visitors use public transports to get to the amusement park: you can take the subway from Piazza Garibaldi station and get off at Campi Flegrei station. Finally, the amusement park is open all year round: opening times vary depending on the day of the week and the season.