Edenlandia: the oldest theme park in Europe
Edenlandia a veritable temple of fun. The first theme park in Europe, located in the heart of Naples, and still offering attractions for young and older generations.
The Naples amusement park was an absolute novelty in Italy at the time of construction in 1937. Almost twenty years before Disneyland, which opened in 1955 in Anaheim on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Although Disneyland is typically considered as the forerunner of amusement parks.
The same international brand sent an inaugural gift to Italy in the 70’s: the Dumbo carousel, although famous in Italy under the name of Jumb.
In reality though, the precedence of Edenlandia isn’t entirely accurate seeing as the structure was inaugurated in 1965, and after opening, the amusement park, located in the Fuorigrotta district, suffered many setbacks.
Getting back to what the park offers as it stands today: rides, shows, attractions, theme parties and music concerts. The possibilities for spending hours in pure escapism are endless. Among other things most of the attractions have been renovated and upgraded, enhancing their adrenaline- pumping characteristics, and immersive virtual experiences. It’s a safe bet you won’t be disappointed.
Welcome to the first and only Italian Food and Leisure Park
Large areas are dedicated to various food options. You’ll find typical local flavours, making the Campania experience as complete as possible. You just have to decide if you want to start with pizzas, sfogliatelle or babà pastries, or to go for a tasty street food selection. Perhaps stop at a juice corner or for a granite. If in the mood for meat then to a rotisserie, or a steakhouse. While visiting the only Food and Leisure Park in Italy is certainly not the time to worry about your calorie intake. You can think about your diet tomorrow!
Where the original idea was born
Edenlandia, as you can guess from when construction began, dates back to the Fascist era. It is linked to the Mostra d’Oltremare which is still one of the main Italian exhibition venues to this day, and the largest in the South.
Naples was chosen firstly for it’s central position in the Mediterranean, and also because it was part of a plan Benito Mussolini had to relaunch the territory.
Before the launch of the park, there was a little Luna Park for children, in the same area within the municipal villa of the city. Children could have fun on train rides, bumper cars, roller coasters, flying saucers and a big wheel.
Edenlandia, a paradise for all
The name was chosen to suggest a place suitable for everyone, to be precise, a small paradise: Edenlandia.
If you decide to spend a few days in these parts, take advantage of the proximity to the Mostra D’Oltremare and the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium: they both deserve a visit.