Italy is gradually starting to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, and with the Veneto region moving to the white zone with less COVID cases, theme parks are allowed to reopen just in time for the summer. After months of closure, the amusement park Gardaland and the Miniland inside LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland have opened their doors to the public once again. Amongst other things, visitors will be able to enjoy the main Italian monuments built out of LEGO bricks. Let's visit it together and see what Italy's best theme parks have to offer this summer 2021.
Visiting Miniland inside LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland
"After all these months waiting to be able to reopen safely, we jumped at the chance to welcome our guests in the streets of the park and on board the attractions once again", declared Aldo Maria Vigevani, CEO of Gardaland. "We are opening Miniland to the public, as well as the shop inside the LEGOLAND water park, which cost 20 million euros. The inauguration of the water attractions will be very soon".
For all big and small fans of LEGO bricks, Miniland represents a fascinating journey inside a large area - unique in the world - in which the most iconic monuments and symbols of the Italian territory have been reproduced on a 1:20 scale - from the Basilica of San Marco in Venice to the Colosseum passing by the cathedral of San Pietro, the Duomo of Milan and the Tower of Pisa - for which no less than 4.9 million LEGO bricks have been used.
The visit is made even more exciting and involves all visitors thanks to the many interactive elements present in Miniland: placing yourself on the footsteps in front of the monument of Saint Peter's Square, for example, you can activate the parade of the mini Swiss Guards, while pressing a red button you can start the descent of Gardaland's attraction, Space Vertigo. As well as this, the gladiators of the Colosseum, by turning a few cranks, come to life starting a fight, while the organ of the Duomo of Milan starts playing when you press the keys of the piano placed in front of the monument.
For the most avid LEGO fans, a visit to Miniland must be finished with a trip to the LEGO Shop, full of exclusive products and novelties from the LEGO world as well as many LEGO sets just waiting to be built.
Visiting Gardaland Park
At Gardaland Park, in addition to shows for younger children and shows in the 4D cinema, there are outdoor and indoor attractions, both aquatic and dry: for adrenaline lovers, a ride aboard Oblivion, The Black Hole or Raptor is a must, while for families, fun is guaranteed in Fantasy Kingdom and Peppa Pig Land, and those looking for adventure should make sure not to miss a refreshing ride on the iconic Escape from Atlantis. On top of this, a visit to Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium will lead to the discovery of the most beautiful creatures populating the fresh and salt waters of the entire planet.
Where to stay at Gardaland this summer 2021
For those who want to stay more than one day, with a special offer for summer 2021, Gardaland Adventure Hotel is already available, characterised by 100 large rooms entirely themed dedicated to the world of adventure, which will be followed by the opening of Gardaland Hotel and Gardaland Magic Hotel. Starting from the new season it will also be possible to stay with your dog by purchasing an additional service - available for all packages - which includes a dog kit in the room (including a kennel and a food/water bowl on loan for use, an equipped green area, access to restaurants and the possibility of a dedicated menu for your pooch.
Other new features at Gardaland for 2021
Another new feature is the Gardaland Bike Sharing service which allows guests to rent bikes or e-bikes to explore the area around Gardaland Resort.
COVID-19 safety and protocols at Gardaland
Throughout Gardaland Resort, attention to safety remains high. "Our Security Protocol worked perfectly last season and this year it has been implemented even more with the app to guarantee social distancing with the virtual queue" explains Aldo Maria Vigevani. This year, there will be restrictions on daily admissions, compulsory reservation of the date of access to the park and compulsory use of masks. Maximum precautions will be taken to guarantee fun in total safety: each attraction will be sanitised on a daily basis and at each boarding and disembarking cycle; it is still compulsory to wear a mask during your ride in the attraction and to sanitise your hands before getting on a ride or attraction; to avoid crowds and limit queuing, it will be possible to book your turn using the Qoda App.
What time does Gardaland open in the summer?
This summer 2021, Gardaland Park will be open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, on Saturdays until 9pm and on Sundays until 7pm. Starting from Saturday 19th of June the opening of the Park will be extended every day until 11pm.