I visited Energylandia in Zator (Poland) for the first time in 2016. Back then, it was just a regular amusement park with a couple of interesting rides. It was fun, but nothing exceptional compared to some bigger amusement parks I have visited.
Four years have gone by, and Energylandia is now, by far, one of my favorite amusement parks! Every season it grows, adding more and more rides and attraction! The growth has been insane, and I am sure it will not stop anytime soon. Can you imagine that they have added 15 new rollercoasters in the last five years – crazy progress!!!
This year I visited the park during the Halloween season, once again, since I was in Poland for my birthday :D. It became a tradition to visit an amusement park somewhere in the world, at least once a year, with my brother. This year’s visit was a little special. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we had to wear masks and disinfect hands after each ride. On the flip-side, there were little to no queues, so no wasted time between rides! 🙂
The park spreads across 35 hectares and features a multitude of different rides. It’s a family park with rides that will satisfy everyone, from the cautious kid to even the most daring adrenaline seeker. It naturally features a plethora of restaurants and stalls to keep both your blood sugar and spirits high during the stay. The park also has a waterpark section, complete with an artificial beach with sunbeds and pools with cool water slides. Thus perfect for a hot summer day.
Four years ago, there was just enough to do and see to fill out a day (with doing some of the attractions a couple of times). Now, you either have to go for two days or be more selective with the rides you take 😀 The awesome thing is that the queues are still not as long as in other parks; in Heide and Europa-Park (both in Germany), two-hour queues were normal. In Japan, a three-hour queue was not anything unusual. Here we waited 10-20 minutes (we went on Friday – we usually go during the week to avoid standing in line).
The things I get most excited about are rollercoasters 😀 Energylandia have several that deserve a special mention:
- Zadra, which is the tallest hybrid rollercoaster (a mix of wood and steel construction) in the world. It has a maximum speed of 121 km/h and features three inversions.
- Hyperion, which is the fastest and highest mega coaster in Europe with 85 degrees drop of 80 meters! The speed reaches 140 km/h!
- Speed, which is the tallest and fastest water coaster in the world! It raises you to over 60 meters high and reaches a speed of about 110 km/h.
- Moya Formula, which has an initial acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 1.2 seconds!
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? 😀
What is even more exciting is that Energylandia is currently building a brand new zone – Auqualantis – where the main attraction will be the double coaster, Abyssus, which reaches 100 km/h in a few seconds. The car will be accelerated not once, but twice (hence, a double coaster)! I can’t wait to try it out next time!
I think they had the best locker system solution I have seen so far in any of the amusement parks I have been to.
Usually, you have big lockers in the park’s front, and then every time you use a rollercoaster, you had to step over the ride to put your bag in a nearby rack.
In Energylandia you can buy a special bracelet for 5 zł (1 Euro) and scan the bracelet’s unique code to use a locker located at the end of the queue. After the ride, scan the bracelet again and get your stuff back. I think it solves the problem of handling unattended baggage quite neatly. It’s safe from theft, convenient, and easy! The only downside is that it is not included in the entry fee.
If you arrive from abroad by airplane, the easiest way to Energylandia would be to get to the city center of either Krakow (from Krakow – Balice (KRK) airport) or Katowice (from Katowice (KAT) airport). Special busses are going from the city center in both cities directly to Energylandia.
You can also get there by car. It is a one hour drive from both Krakow and Katowice. There is a huge parking lot that even has a small train taking you to the entrance if you park far away.
Read more about the transport here.
Where to stay
Energylandia offers accommodation at the Western Camp. If you want to spend a night in a tipi tent or an old western-style horse wagon, there is your chance. To read more about it, check out this link.
There are also many different apartments to rent in the neighborhood. Check it on this site or Google it 🙂