Toverland amusement park in Sevenum, Netherlands, witnessed a record number of visitors in 2018, with around 812,200 visitors entering the park throughout the year, marking a 19% increase from 2017.

The significant growth in numbers has been pinned on the multimillion-euro expansion that took place at the theme park last year.

Last July Toverland opened a €35m new Avalon-themed area, a water attraction known as Merlin’s Quest and the Fēnix wing coaster, which is 813m long, 40m tall, reaches speeds of up to 95 km/h and has three, equally spectacular versions.

Alongside the Avalon area, Toverland has a new entrance, themed as a quintessential Mediterranean port. Known as Port Laguna, the entrance contains interactive technology and a magic wand where visitors can perform magic tricks.

The expansion increased the size of the theme park by an incredible seven hectares.

Toverland’s general director, Caroline Kortooms, spoke of the park’s remarkable achievements in 2018.

“We are immensely proud that our expansion has resulted in a new visitor record. Something we wouldn’t have dared dreaming of in the 17 years of our existence.

“This year, the theme park expects another increase in visitor numbers, which will be caused by the second-year effect of the expansion with Port Laguna and Avalon.”

2018 also saw Toverland win nine international awards, including the prestigious European Star Award for Best Theme Park. The amusement park’s new rollercoaster, Fēnix, also received multiple awards.

Though for Caroline Kortooms, Toverland’s greatest accolade in 2018 was its visitors praise about its staff.

“Guests are giving us a 9 out of 10, which is a stunning number,” added Toverland’s general director.

The thriving Netherlands’ theme park is looking at future expansions and the construction of a four-star hotel in a bid to increase visitor attendance to one million visitors a year.