The PanneOver the past two years, the ticket price for Plopsaland has increased by seven euros. Anyone taller than one metre, except for seniors and people with disabilities, pays 45.5 euros. This makes the amusement park in De Panne the most expensive in the country. “We cannot do otherwise. The costs for products, personnel and energy are skyrocketing,” sighs marketing director Sebastien Momerency.
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Just after the summer season, Plopsaland increased the ticket price. A subscription remains at 99.99 euros for the time being and a parking ticket still costs 12.5 euros. Swimming in Plopsaqua has become 2 euros more expensive and now costs 25.5 euros per person. “We are certainly not doing this for fun,” emphasizes Momerency. “Energy costs have almost doubled, staff expenditures due to indexation have increased significantly and the prices of all our products are unprecedentedly higher. Deep-frying oil costs twice as much and the cost of toilet paper has halved. Everything is just much more expensive, so we have no choice but to include this in our ticket price. It is always looking for a good balance. It could very well be that if costs continue to rise, we will still have to implement price increases.”
Plopsaland is the only amusement park that is open during the winter. And just then the energy costs are particularly high. We will not be building an ice rink during the Christmas period
For comparison: a day at Walibi costs 45 euros, Bellewaerde 36 euros, Boudewijnpark 28.5 euros and Bobbejaanland 42.9 euros. These are always the prices that are now on the amusement park websites for adults. “It is true that we are currently the most expensive amusement park in the country, but everyone has to make their own account,” Sebastien Momerency responds. “Plopsaland is the only amusement park that is open during the winter. And just then the energy costs are particularly high. We will not be building an ice rink during the Christmas period, but we are looking for a more sustainable alternative that is just as cozy. The lighting is all LED anyway. We are doing everything we can to give our visitors a fantastic day by focusing on events and extra entertainment in addition to the 55 attractions. During the autumn holidays, for example, these will be the haunted houses.”
While some amusement parks offer cheaper tickets online, the tickets at Plopsaland are just as expensive digitally and at the box office. “That’s because we have a network of companies and department stores that we work with. They already offer their staff great promotions. There are discounts here and there all year round, so those who are careful can still enjoy an extra discount. There are also special formulas such as the Wednesday afternoon ticket for 27.3 euros or the evening ticket for 35.5 euros,” concludes Sebastien, who also states that the room rates in the Plopsa hotel will remain unchanged for the time being.
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