Walibi Rhône-Alpes

Amusement park in France


Walibi Rhône-Alpes
Location
Les Avenières, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Status Operating
Opened 1979
Owner Compagnie des Alpes
Previous names Avenir Land (1979 - 1988)
Website http://www.walibi-rhone-alpes.fr

Walibi Rhône-Alpes is an amusement park in Les Avenières, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

History

In 2016, Walibi Rhône-Alpes started a new investment program, that consists of a full revamp and rebrand of the park. The park will now be divided in 3 new themed area, Explorer Adventure, Festival City and Exotic Island.

The first year of this investment program came in the form of Explorer Adventure phase 1, with a new wooden roller coaster, Timber, a new kids ride, Volt-O-Vent and a retheme of the nearby area including Woodstock Express. This new area costed the park €6 million.

The second phase of Explorer Adventure was built in 2017 at a cost of €4.5 million, it contains a new monorail, Monorail, a new playground and once again a retheme of the area.

For the 2018 season, Walibi Rhône-Alpes began the creation of the Festival City area, with the opening of 3 new flat rides, Balloon Race, Dock'N Roll and Hurricane in its first phase, costing the park €4.5 million.

The 2019 season marked the park 40th anniversary, as such the park opened a new Infinity Coaster named Mystic and a new Teacups ride, P'tits Chaudrons, both located in a voodoo themed section of Festival City. This major investment costed Walibi Rhône-Alpes €7 million.

In 2020, Walibi Rhône-Alpes made its single largest investment to date, spending €9 million on the first NebulaZ in Europe, AirBoat and a new New Orleans themed food court to complete Festival City.

For the 2021 season, the park finalised the theming and landscaping of the 2020 additions, Petit Vapeur was opened after being rethemed and EqWalizer was repainted and renamed Generator to fit in with the Explorer Adventure area.

It was also announced that the Aqualibi, the park attached waterpark that has been standing but not operating since 2020 was going to be removed in order to make room for the Exotic Island area.

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Coccinelle Zierer Sit-Down 1992 Operating
Generator Vekoma Shuttle 1988 Operating
Mahuka Intamin Launched 2024 Operating
Mystic Gerstlauer Shuttle 2019 Operating
Timber Gravitykraft Corporation Wooden 2016 Operating
Woodstock Express Zamperla Wild Mouse 2002 Operating

Past

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Grand Huit Pinfari Sit-Down 1985 1992 Unknown

Attractions

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
AirBoat Zamperla NebulaZ 2020
Balloon Race Zamperla Balloon Tower 2018
Bambooz River Soquet / Interlink Log Flume 2012
Carrousel Concept 1900 Carousel 2014
Chevauchée Soquet Pony Trek 1980s
Concert'O Interlink Junior Log Flume 2013
Dock'N Roll Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2018
Festival Station Soquet Miniature Railway 1979
Galion HUSS Pirate Ship 1989
Gold River Intamin River Rapids 1989
Hurricane Zamperla Star Flyer 2018
Melody Road Soquet Track Ride 1988 or earlier
Monorail Soquet Monorail 2017
On Air Zamperla Magic Bikes 2015
P'tits Chaudrons Technical Park Teacups 2019
Petit Vapeur Zamperla Junior Drop Tower 2008
Surf Music Van Egdom Dinghy Waterslides 2000
Tam Tam Aventure Soquet Scenic Boat Ride 1992
Tiki Academy Zamperla Watermania 2022
Totem S&S Worldwide Drop Tower 1998
Volt-O-Vent Zamperla Barnyard 2016
W.A.B. Band Tour Unknown Junior Railway 1990

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Autos Tamponneuses Reverchon Dodgems 1992 2019 Scrapped
Carousel Savage Carousel 1992 2014 Unknown
Grand Soleil Unknown Ferris Wheel 1979 2015 Scrapped
La Bamba Mack Rides Calypso 1979 2018 Scrapped
On Air Unknown Junior Jets 1985 or earlier 2014 Relocated to Parc des Combes
Pieuvre des Caraïbes Schwarzkopf Polyp 1992 2003 Relocated to La Récré des 3 Curés
Rivière Canadienne Reverchon Log Flume 1979 2005 Scrapped
Tomahawk Chance Rides Inverter 2005 2013 Scrapped
Turbolift HUSS Tri-Star 1985 1993 Relocated to Walibi Flevo

Park sections

Explorer Adventure

Explorer Adventure is the park's first themed area, debuting in 2016 alongside the addition of Timber. It is inspired by the American Frontier with a slight steampunk twist. It is the park's largest themed area, spanning the entire west side of the park.

The land has a total of 11 rides, a playground, 3 food outlets and a shop.

Name Type Opened
Bon Filon Shop 2017
Bûche Glacé Food outlet Unknown
Chevauchée Pony Trek 1980s
Concert'O Junior Log Flume 2013
Explorer Adventure Playground Playground 2017
Galion Pirate Ship 1989
Generator Roller Coaster 1988
Gold River River Rapids 1988
Golden Burger Food outlet 2017
Monorail Monorail 2017
Surf Music Dinghy Waterslides 2000
Timber Roller Coaster 2016
Volt-O-Vent Barnyard 2016
W.A.B. Band Tour Junior Railway 1990
Wild Rock Café Food outlet 2016
Woodstock Express Roller Coaster 2002

Exotic Island

Exotic Island opened in 2022 as the park's third section. The area draws inspiration from the islands of the pacific ocean. It is located on the northeast side of the park and took over the former waterpark.

The land has a total of 6 rides, a playground and 2 food outlets.

Name Type Opened
Bambooz River Log Flume 2012
Coccinelle Roller Coaster 1992
Exotic Island Playground Playground 2022
Mahuka Roller Coaster 2024
On Air Magic Bikes 2015
Tam Tam Aventure Scenic Boat Ride 1992
Tiki Academy Watermania 2022
Tiki Aglagla food outlet Unknown
Tiki Fruits food outlet 2024

Festival City

Festival City is the second land added to the park, opening in 2018. It is themed to Louisiana. It encompasses the lakeside area aswell as the south part of the park.

The land has a total of 11 rides, a playground, 6 food outlets and a shop.

Name Type Opened
AirBoat Nebulaz 2020
Balloon Race Balloon Tower 2018
Boutique de l'entrée Shop 2018
Carrousel Carousel 2014
Chez Marie Laveau Food outlet 2019
Cuisine de Miss Issipi Food outlet 2021 or 2022
Dock'N Roll Rockin' Tug 2018
Festival City Playground Playground 2018
Festival Station Miniature Railway 1979
Hurricane Star Flyer 2018
Jazz Sugar Club Food outlet 2020
Louisie Yan Food outlet 2020 or 2021
Melody Road Track Ride 1988 or earlier
Mystic Roller Coaster 2019
P'tits Chaudrons Teacups 2019
Petit Vapeur Junior Drop Tower 2008
Quai 38 Food outlet 2020
Stardocks Café Food outlet 2018
Totem Drop Tower 1998

Attendance

Year Attendance Growth
2010 375 000[1] N/A
2011 375 000[1] 0%
2012 400 000[2] 6.7%
2013 390 000[2] -2.5%
2014 390 000[2] 0%
2015 400 000[3] 2.6%
2016 420 000[4] 5%
2017 465 000[5] 10.7%
2018 475 000[6] 2.2%
2019 530 000[7] 11.6%
2020 300 000[8] -43.4%
2021 430 000[9] 43.3%
2022 610 000[10] 41.9%
2023 590 000[11] -3.3%

Park maps

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://isere-attractivite.com/sites/default/files/minisite/pro/OBS/palmares_annee_2014.pdf
  3. "Walibi: 400 000 visiteurs en 2015" (in French). La Tribune. Retrieved 22 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  4. "Walibi Rhône-Alpes : saison 2016 record" (in French). La Tribune. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. "Saison 2017 : Walibi Rhône-Alpes bat tous les records" (in French). France 3. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  6. "Walibi Rhône-Alpes a attiré près de 10 000 visiteurs supplémentaires en 2018" (in French). 16 November 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. "Isère : 530 000 visiteurs en 2019, record de fréquentation pour le parc de loisirs Walibi" (in French). France 3. 6 November 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  8. https://isere-attractivite.com/sites/default/files/minisite/pro/OBS/palmares_annee_2020_1.pdf
  9. "Walibi Rhône-Alpes ambitionne d'atteindre les 600 000 spectateurs en 2024". Partez En France. 18 November 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2024.
  10. "Une fréquentation record pour Walibi Rhône-Alpes en 2022 !". Lyon Mag. 16 January 2023. Retrieved 16 June 2024.
  11. https://media.walibirhone-alpes.fr/2024/DP/FLIPBOOK-WRA_DP+2024.html#p=20