Phantasialand with kids: all the information at a glance!
A visit to Phantasialand amusement park with kids is definitely recommended! Located near the family-friendly German cities of Cologne and Bonn, the amusement park is great to combine with a city trip to either of these cities. The amusement park is also easily accessible from the Netherlands, and the amusement park has enough rides, playtime and shows to keep you and your family well entertained for at least two days. We visited this cool amusement park for two days and put together for you all the information you need to visit Phantasialand amusement park with kids.
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We visited the Phantasialand theme park for two days with our daughter during the fall break and really had a great time. Known for its many roller coasters, the Phantasialand amusement park is divided into six different themed worlds. These themed worlds are Berlin, Mystery, Mexico, China Town, Deep in Africa and Fantasy. What’s nice about the park is that each themed world is also completely themed. So you imagine yourself in different countries and continents in a short time.
Phantasialand is adjacent to the highway, and the nearest exit to the amusement park is named after the theme park: Phantasialandstraße. There are several parking lots around the Phantasialand amusement park. The car is therefore great to park at the amusement park and for a day’s parking you pay only a few euros. We ourselves slept in one of Phantasialand’s hotels and were therefore able to park the car for free at the hotel.
At the box office, you can get bracelets for your kids on which you can write your phone number in case you lose your kids in the crowds of the park. Another thing we always really like is that you are given a traditional paper map at the entrance, so that when you are in line for an attraction you can already look forward to which attraction you will visit next. This map contains information about the hotels, shows, opening hours and different minimum lengths for the various attractions.
We also made frequent use of the amusement park’s app. In this app we could see how long the wait times of the different attractions were, when the different shows were, and we could easily navigate our way through the park. We had downloaded the app beforehand and you can download this app here.
The park is not super big in terms of area, but you get lost pretty quickly at first. One advantage, though, is that you don’t have to walk super far with young kids. By the way, there are also super handy online signs in the park, which ensure that you can still easily find your way to the various attractions.
You can easily buy tickets to the park through the amusement park’ s website. There may be a difference in the entrance fee in the different periods you want to visit the park. So check beforehand what is a favorable period in terms of price to visit the park. For kids under 12, you get a discount on an admission ticket.
For some attractions, you can buy a quickpass at Phantasialand with kids. There are two variants: the 10-euro Quick Pass and the 20-euro Quick Pass Plus. Both passes are good for quick access at two attractions. This pass is not personalized, so it is also possible to use one pass with two people from the family at the same attraction.
The regular Quick Pass can be used at the Chiapas, Maus au Chocolat, Talocan, Colorado Adventure and Winja’s Fear and Winja’s Force attractions. With the Plus version, you also have accelerated access to the attractions Black Mamba and Taro. When we were there ourselves, the lines were not long, so we did not take advantage of this. Check when you are in the park to see if there is a need to purchase these passes.
the themed worlds + attractions
So the theme park has six different theme worlds and each theme world has its own atmosphere and its own attractions. In all, there are 38 different attractions in the park. So you can easily enjoy two days here in Phantasialand with kids. During the two days we visited the park, we visited almost all the attractions and some attractions as much as twice.
When we were there, we were lucky that the park was not that crowded and the queues were short. Below we briefly go over what there is to see and do in each theme world.
#1 Berlin: This themed world is built in the style of the capital city of Berlin in times past. In this themed world are many restaurants and stores, as well as the Wintergarten theater where park shows are regularly performed. In this themed world you also have the new Rookburgh section with the newest attraction Fly. For this attraction, you must be at least 8 years old and 1.30 meters tall. So unfortunately our daughter was just too young, but we (the parents) did visit this attraction. A very cool attraction, where you fly through entire themed Rookburgh world. One of the park’s most spectacular attractions!
You can further see a cool 4D movie about pirates in this themed world of Phantasialand with kids. Even though the pirates talk to each other in German, it is easy to follow and we found it a bit like the humor of the movie Home Alone. In addition, in this themed world you have a very cool luna house (Das verrückte Hotel Tartuff) that is very fun to visit and where you can take nice pictures.
Also a very cool attraction is Maus au Chocolat which is an indoor ride attraction where you can shoot at all kinds of mice and other objects with some kind of whipped cream syringes. You play against each other and can see at the end who got the most points. Also in this world is another carousel, a Ferris wheel, a flying carousel and a double-decker horse carousel.
#2 Chinatown: This themed world is all Asian style. You will find several temples, pagodas and Chinese palaces here. Also in this themed world are several stores and also a number of (Asian) restaurants. In Chinatown, there are also occasional street performances by acrobats. The hotel where we slept (Ling Bao) is also located in this themed world.
In China Town, you don’t have that many attractions. After all, there are only two of them. First, you have Feng Ju Palace. In this attraction, you have the idea of going “over the top. You can compare this attraction somewhat to the Villa Volta attraction at the Efteling. In total, you have a 2-minute pre-show of sorts, and the main show where it looks like you’re going over the top lasts about five minutes. Our daughter always loves this attraction. As adults ourselves, we do get nauseous easily.
The second attraction you have here is Geister Rikscha. This is a Chinese haunted house. You ride a route of about 250 meters through the haunted house in a cart with up to 3 people. We did think it was a special haunted house, with lots of crazy and scary dolls. When we were there, there was no queue and you are in the attraction for quite a long time (about 8 minutes). Definitely fun to check out this attraction if you go to Phantasialand amusement park with kids.
#3 Deep in Africa: This themed world is all African style. This section is also very beautiful with lots of African elements. Also in this themed world, you can go in two different attractions. For example, you have the spectacular roller coaster Black Mamba, where you go 80 kilometers per hour and make multiple loopings. For this attraction, you must be at least 1.40 meters tall and at least 10 years old. We (the parents) thought this was a very cool attraction.
For younger kids, there is a really cool trail through the roller coaster that you can walk. The Deep in Africa Adventure Trail is an interactive trail, where you see the roller coaster come very close past you. Kids can climb and scramble here and have to pass several water obstacles. There are also African faces that unexpectedly blow air in your face. Really a super fun course to run with your kids!
Also, in this themed world you have Kroka’s Lodge where you can have a meet and greet with the dragon Kroka. Always fun to take a picture with the family!
#4 Fantasy: This themed world is especially suitable for younger kids and is partially covered. In this themed world lives the fictional people the Wuzen. You have as many as fifteen different attractions in this themed world.
The most spectacular attraction in this themed world is Winja’s Fear & Winja’s Force. This is an indoor roller coaster and you rotate around your own axis in the attraction all the time. Kids here must be at least 8 years old and at least 130 cm tall. So be sure to check beforehand which attractions your kids are all allowed in when visiting Phantasialand with kids. We found this to be a very fun attraction. The roller coasters Fear and Force are very similar but slightly different.
In addition, here you have the very cool attraction Crazy Bats, where you ride around in a train wearing VR glasses. In that respect, it is a very special experience to be on a roller coaster in this way. Definitely recommended to visit if you are visiting Phantasialand with kids.
You also have several somewhat smaller attractions, which our daughter also went in all by herself such as the bumper cars, the mini free fall tower, the children’s carousel and the parachute attraction. Especially for parents with young kids, this is the theme world where they will spend the most time. Another advantage of this world is that it is largely indoors, so you can also visit various attractions here when the weather is not so good.
#5 Mexico: in this themed world you will find a Mexican village. Here you will find several Mexican eateries and two different shows are also held in this part of the park. You also have about four attractions here in this world. For example, you have the Colorado Adventure roller coaster, where you race down a track in a little train. A very fun attraction, where kids as young as 1 meter tall are allowed in the attraction.
In addition, you have the attraction Talocan, which is a Topspin and is unique in Europe. You go over the top several times here and this attraction is for the slightly older kids. In fact, you have to be at least 10 years old and 1.40 meters tall to enter this attraction here.
Another favorite attraction of our daughter that they have in this world is the free fall towers Tikal. You sit in a bank here and then go from high to low several times. If it were up to our daughter, she would go into this several times in a row. Fortunately, she is also allowed to go in this attraction alone and we can occasionally watch from a distance ;).
The last attraction you have here is Chiapas- Die Wasserbahn, a whitewater rafting ride with the steepest descent in the world. We had scheduled it for day 2, but then the attraction did not operate all day because of a technical glitch. We were a little sad about that, since it looked like a really cool attraction to us! A good reason to come back to the park again!
#6 Mystery: This is the last themed world you can visit in Phantasialand with kids and this is the world for the slightly older kids. In fact, they have four different spectacular attractions here. For example, you have Mystery Castle, where you are shot into the air in a tower and then you also free fall back down. We also really liked the inside of the castle, and the experience begins at this attraction right as you enter the tower.
If you want to cool off in Phantasialand with kids, you will be fine with the River Quest attraction. This is the highest whitewater rafting course in the world and you will get soaking wet in this attraction. You go up in a boat first in a kind of elevator and then kind of fall down a few times. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten so wet in an attraction as we did at River Quest. Fortunately, there are machines to dry your clothes afterwards. For our daughter, we always bring a poncho for these types of attractions as well.
You also have two roller coasters in this themed world. The first roller coaster is the family roller coaster Raik. This is the fastest family boomerang roller coaster in the world. You first shoot forward in this roller coaster, then take the same route backward. We thought this was a very fun attraction.
The second roller coaster here is Taron and this is a very fast and spectacular roller coaster. You go down the track at 117 km per hour and are shot several times in the attraction. Especially if you and your kids like fast roller coasters, you can’t skip this one.
As you can see, you have quite a lot of attractions in the amusement park, and in addition to that, if you want to see the various shows that the amusement park offers, it is almost impossible to do everything in one day. So we would recommend taking two days and doing everything at your leisure!
the various Shows
You can go to several shows in Phantasialand with kids. We visited all three shows that were running when we visited the park.
Nobis: This show features dance, acrobatics and singing, and we find it difficult to describe exactly what this show was about. There were several acts during the show and it was very entertaining to watch. It was also a bit like a musical. This show took place in theater Wintergarten and lasted about forty minutes.
Jump!: this show was our personal favorite, alternating spectacular stunts with cool hip hop dance. This show took place at the Silverado Theater and lasted about half an hour. Stunts are performed during the shows with bicycles, on trampolines and with some sort of stilts. Our daughter also really enjoyed this show!
Rock on Ice: This show takes place at Arena de Fiesta in themed Mexico. This show focuses on figure skaters and the show lasts 30 minutes. We loved this Rock themed show! The dancers on the ice really put on a very nice show and we sat enthralled for the entire half hour watching the whole show.
If you want to see all three shows in Phantasialand with kids, quickly count on spending a few hours. In total, the shows last about two hours, but of course you should keep in mind that you should still be seated at least 15 minutes beforehand.
food and drink
You can eat and drink just fine in Phantasialand with kids. The amusement park has plenty of food and beverage outlets in each themed world. We think a big advantage of the amusement park is that you can not only get fries and a hamburger at the amusement park (despite our daughter still likes that best), but also other dishes.
For example, it is possible to eat Mexican food in theme world Mexico, you have an Asian restaurant in theme world Chinatown and you have an African barbecue restaurant in theme world Africa. You also have vegetarian options at most restaurants as well as healthy options such as salads and fruit. All in all, there is enough choice for everyone to find something tasty.
Family-friendly accommodation in Phantasialand
The park has a total of three experience hotels located in the amusement park. Therefore, it is easy to visit the Phantasialand amusement park with kids for two days without having to drive up and down. We ourselves slept at Hotel Ling Bao and found it ideal. In that respect, it is very nice that you can also go to your room for a while during the day.
Hotel Ling Bao: So in this hotel we slept and we found this really a top hotel. We were able to park the car for free in the hotel parking garage upon arrival and were given tickets to the amusement park at the front desk. From the hotel’s garden we could go straight into the park. The hotel really exudes the Asian atmosphere and you also have a lot of cool details inside the hotel that make sure you don’t feel like you’re in Germany.
We had booked a family room here that also had many Asian details, such as the Buddha drawing on the wall. This room was suitable for families of four, with the kids sleeping in bunk beds. From our room we had a view of the garden and pool.
This pool is heated and that made sure that even though it was October we could still just swim in this pool. We did find this very relaxing after a full day at the amusement park. Also, the garden located at the hotel is beautiful and here too you imagine yourself completely in Asia.
In addition, we ate both in the evening and in the morning at the hotel and we must say this was super good. At dinner you had several tables with all kinds of food from different Asian countries. We love Asian food and really loved eating here in the evening. Nice detail is that there was also a separate children’s buffet for kids.
We also ate our breakfast here in the morning and this was also very tasty and extensive. Different types of sandwiches, toppings, fruits, juices, egg dishes and much more. On that note, we left the hotel with a well-filled belly and were able to experience our second day in the park the next day with full energy.
So we slept at hotel Ling Bao, but you have two more themed hotels where you can sleep in Phantasialand with kids. We did not sleep here, so it is difficult to pass judgment on these two hotels, but we assume that these two hotels will be as good as Hotel Ling Bao.
Hotel Charles Lindbergh: here you sleep in aeronaut cabins and what is very cool here is that the attraction FLY flies through the hotel. If you sleep at this hotel you also get two priority tickets to this attraction FLY. In addition, guests of this hotel can take advantage of a three-course dinner at Uhrwerk restaurant and also have access to the breakfast buffet in the morning at the same restaurant.
Hotel Matamba: This African-style hotel has African-style rooms with a large African garden at the hotel as well. This hotel offers several family rooms, where families of up to six people can book a room. You sleep in a safari lodge here, so to speak.
For more information on Phantasialand’s various hotels, check out the theme park’s website.