Okay then guys, what I will post now, I believe, it has never been posted to an international public, ever. It's a really, really controversial park, so I'll give you a brief history of the park, including the prelude.
It started in late 2000s. There's a 2 + 2, Goczał family. Mr. Marek Goczał owns two "Energy 2000" clubs (biggest night clubs in southern Poland), a shoe sole factory delivering soles all across the Europe, energy drink factory and few smaller businesses. Sounds like a dream already, right? Not really, for a family. Actually, his wife with his kids complained about father being on business trips all the time. Around 2008-2010 (I don't really remember), he had to go on a business trip to Italy, connected with his shoe soles business. He took his family with him. It was, I believe, somewhere nearby lake Garda. As it was also a family trip, his client recommended them to visit Gardaland. Right there, his son, Eryk Goczał, asked him "Dad, why isn't there anything like this in Poland?" And this is the point, where the whole idea starts...
Marek Goczał, who didn't want to ruin his family life sold his shoe sole factory along with the smaller businesses. They started planning, travelling around Eurpean theme parks, talking to the owners and so on. They started a great relations with Europa Park. In the early projects, all they wanted to get (roller coasters) was meant to be from Mack Rides. Though, in European Union, if you have an innovative idea, you can apply for European Union funds. They spent A LOT of time writing applications (they used some technical tricks in it, so I won't talk much about it), and finally they received some good feedback. They got their first European Union's dotation. "Investment under a high innovation potential in years 2014-2020". There was a 1 problem though - deadlines. They wanted to start the park with Mack Rides, but they couldn't deliver their coaster projects in time. They received a dotation, so they had to seek for manufacturers, which could deliver ASAP.
THIS is the real reason for the first area of the park being ****ty themed, with ****ty rides and so on. They just had to rush starting everything on the plain field. From what I know, they still have to expand the park with new areas, so they'll focus on refurbishment of the first area in future. It still works, so there's no need to focus on it right now. With a little help of our Polish SkyScraperCity community they realized, that it will be better for them to go for more theming. Now there's a moment, where the first good concept of the theme park starts. 2018, press conference - "We'll build 4 element modules: fire, water, earth and wind. Each module will contain few areas. The first area of the Fire module planned for 2019 will be called Dragon Zone".
So, we know where we are now with theming, areas and all this confusing planning. So what about the kiddie/family rides?
It's very, very simple. It started with smaller rides, because they couldn't afford (mostly because of the deadlines) a good thrill rides. So starting with it, they had a plenty of them already. Next up - why are they adding more of these? Also, it's very simple. Relations between park owners and manufacturers are really, really personal. It's a niche industry, so necessarily, after their first positive cooperation with Vekoma, Marek Goczał knew that Energylandia could rely on this manufacturer. They are cheap, they're efficient, and last but not least - they work very fast. Moreover, as they bought from them few rides at once - they are getting these kiddie/family rides even cheaper. Also, as they want to get feedback mostly from families - because of the huge variety of kiddie/family rides, families are feeling even more welcome than wherever in Europe.
Families are the target, as you have to pay for the food, drinks and other facilities like games. Little kids don't really see the difference in quality of parks. They only see what park has more to offer for them, and they received such feedback "kids prefer Energylandia over any European park, because they have rides for them wherever in the park they go".
What's the conclusion then? Well, you guys see this park having a RMC hyper hybrid, an Intamin hyper, so you automatically compare it to the 100-year-old parks. It's not the way. Energylandia is only 6 years old. It already reached something, that 97% of the theme parks will never reach in their existance. For now, end of December 2020, they officially own area of 200 ha. With Aqualantis it's only 41 ha yet in use! I believe they will keep adding a kiddie/family ride everywhere in the park, so thrillseekers can go around the park with their kids, and none of them will get bored. Will you really complain about 15 kiddie/family rides, when park offers 10-15 extreme/thrill rides? I don't think so. I keep my fingers crossed for the family and the park. They did a great job so far, I can't wait for what the future brings. Cheers!