Heidi The Ride

Roller coaster in Belgium
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Heidi The Ride
Plopsaland De Panne
Location Adinkerke-De Panne, West Flanders, Flemish Region, Belgium
Coordinates 51°04′43″N 2°35′49″E / 51.078712°N 2.596864°E / 51.078712; 2.596864
Status Operating since 2 April 2017
Cost €7,000,000
Rider height
  • Minimum: 120 cm
  • Min. unaccompanied: 140 cm
Builder Great Coasters International
Designer / calculations Jeff Pike
Skyline Design
Type Wooden
Track layout L-Shaped Out and Back
Riders per train 12
Hourly capacity 635
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 22 metres
Top speed 71 km/h
Length 618 metres
Inversions 0

Heidi The Ride is a wooden out and back roller coaster located at Plopsaland De Panne in Adinkerke-De Panne, West Flanders, Flemish Region, Belgium. It was originally destined to open in 2016, however the opening was pushed back and the ride eventually opened on 2 April 2017. The delayed opening of the roller coaster is believed to have been caused by noise issues.


Heidi The Ride under construction in February 2016

Rumours began circulating in late 2014 that Plopsaland De Panne was looking to construct a new wooden roller coaster and that they had approached Great Coasters International.[1] Heidi The Ride was officially announced in July 2015. It was expected to open in 2016, though the Heidiland area would not be completed until the following year.[2]

In July 2016, the park announced that the opening of Heidiland and Heidi The Ride had been pushed back to 2017 as an environmental permit had not been approved. Additional fencing and tunnels were subsequently installed to reduce noise emissions.[3]

The park and Heidi The Ride opened on 1 April 2017 exclusively for customers of the internet service provider Telenet.[4] Both Heidiland and Heidi The Ride opened to the public the following day.[5]


The ride is similar to that of White Lightning at Fun Spot America. It has an out and back layout.


Heidi The Ride is situated in Heidiland and has a theme based on the Studio 100 character Heidi.


2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 12 riders per train.



  1. "Plopsaland De Panne 2016 mit neuer Holzachterbahn?". Parkerlebnis.de.
  2. "„Heidi"-Baustelle im Blick: Neue Holzachterbahn im Plopsaland De Panne kurz vor Eröffnung". Parkerlebnis.de.
  3. "Plopsaland De Panne verschiebt „Heidi: The Ride"-Eröffnung: Neue Holzachterbahn erst ab 2017". Parkerlebnis.de.
  4. "Fotoverslag: Telenet Plopsadag". Studio100 fan.
  5. "Plopsaland De Panne eröffnet „Heidi-Land" mit Holzachterbahn „Heidi – The Ride" am 2. April 2017". Parkerlebnis.de.

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