Heide-Park is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony. With an overall area of over 850,000 m², it is one of the biggest German Amusement Parks and the biggest in Northern Germany. The theme park is part of the British-based Merlin Entertainments. The current manager of the park is Hannes W. Mairinger.
The area on which Heide-Park was built originally did not belong to the game reserve Heidenhof. In 1978 Hans-Jürgen Tiemann gave away the area under the condition that who ever took it would keep the Heidenhof-Kapelle (Year of Construction: 1349) and save the animals living in the park. At its opening on 19 August 1978 about 200,000 people visited and enjoyed the (then) six rides. You can get into Heide park with the Merlin Annual pass.
Heide Park currently has about 40 rides which are mainly aimed at families but its thrill rides are also very popular. One of the main attractions is Colossos, a wooden roller coaster, which until the opening of Balder, on 4 December 2003 in the Swedish amusement park Liseberg, was the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The latest attraction is the Gyro-Drop-Tower "Scream". With its total height of 103 meters and a 71 meter drop it is the world's largest of its kind. The ride speeds up to about 98 km/h.
Drayton Manor Theme Park is a theme park in the grounds of the former Drayton Manor, near Tamworth in Staffordshire, England.
Drayton Manor is a family theme park with a mixture of scenic and white knuckle rides. It covers 280 acres of land, and is visited by over one million people annually. Drayton Manor opened to the public on October 16, 1949 as an 'inland pleasure resort' and has since grown substantially in size. It is the UK's leading family run theme park and the fourth most popular theme park in Britain in terms of visitor numbers. In 2006, the park received two awards: 'Best UK Attraction' awarded by Group Leisure and 'UK Attraction of the Year' awarded by Coach Tourism.
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Wildlife Safari is a non-profit organization that serves a 600-acre (2.4 km²) safari park of the same name in Winston, Oregon, United States. Hundreds of species wander freely over the 600-acre (2.4 km²) park, which guests drive through.
Frank Hart, a frequent visitor to Africa, was the creator of Wildlife Safari. The park opened in the spring of 1973 and became a non-profit organization in 1980, and is overseen by the Safari Game Search Foundation. Wildlife Safari features 600 animals, including bears, capybaras, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, lions, and ostriches. The animals are given free rein on the grasslands, and are accessible for viewing by driving on a designated path. Wildlife Safari is world-renowned for its cheetah breeding program. The safari is also one of only two Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facilities with hands-on elephant experiences in the country.
Knowsley Safari Park is a tourist attraction in the borough of Knowsley on the outskirts of Liverpool, England. Situated on the famous estate of Lord Derby, the vast reserve is home to many different animals including elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers and baboons. The Derby Estate have a tradition of keeping animals, ever since the famous artist and nonsense-poet Edward Lear was employed there in the 19th century to paint pictures of the Earl's collection. It is open to the public and it offers a bus tour service, or customers may drive around the park in their own vehicles.
The baboons in particular have attracted attention for their loutish behaviour. Spoof TV presenter Alan Partridge remarked of monkeys that "if you’ve been to Knowsley Safari Park and they’re pulling the wipers off your windscreen and nicking your hub caps, you lose sympathy."