Diggerland USA Opens

A theme park opening next month in New Jersey will let kids, and adults, move some earth with REAL excavating equipment.

The owners of Diggerland USA outside Philadelphia say it’s the first theme park of its kind in the US, though many of its plans are based on four similar parks in the United Kingdom. Unlike a more intense heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas called Dig This, Diggerland caters to both kids and adults.

Visitors who are at least 4 feet tall can take a turn driving a backhoe around a course with the help of a staff member or they can dig in sand piles with a sevon-tonne excavator. Besides letting customers dig, the park also has the Spindizzy, a ride where passengers can spin at high speed strapped to the bucket of a specially designed earth-mover or go more slowly in the Dig-a-Round, a digger-themed carousel.

The machines are the real thing, not miniatures or replicas. But they are modified to limit their functionality and danger. The machines used for digging are not to be driven. Those that can be driven have safeguards so they won’t go too fast. And park employees can remotely shut down the machines.

The New Jersey park is owned by Ilya Girlya and his family, who also run a nearby water park. The new Diggerland theme park is set to open June 14, and full-day tickets are $35. Other attractions include standard carnival games re-imagined, including a duck pond and a bowling game using a small excavator.

Press Visits This June 2014!

Calling all Journalists, Editors, Reporters, and Leisure & Tourism Bodies!

We invite you to visit a Diggerland UK theme park of your choice this June 2014.

Two free tickets will be given away to each J.E.R.L and tickets may be used for any weekend during the month of June 2014.

All you have to do is email marketing@diggerland.com with the subject heading – “Two Press Tickets Please” along with your name, newspaper title, phone number and email address in the main body. Requests must be sent in by no later than 5pm on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Please tell us which park you would like to visit.

Terms & Conditions – Extra tickets may be provided to other newspaper or leisure & tourism workers, however applications will be assessed and based on a first come first serve basis. This offer is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount, voucher, experience, group or school booking. Offer is valid at UK Diggerland theme parks only, including Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire. Applications must be made via email to marketing@diggerland.com no later than Friday 23rd May 2014. Voucher is valid for the following weekends only: 7-8 June, 14-15 June, 21-22 June, 28-29 June 2014.

Diggerland USA Announces Opening Date!

North America’s first-ever construction-themed adventure park will open its doors to the public, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Diggerland USA covers 14 acres of centrally-located land in Camden County, NJ and offers visitors the opportunity to operate heavy machinery in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Once the Diggerland USA gates open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, visitors will have access to 23 on-site attractions, most of which are comprised of modified JCB heavy construction equipment. The rides have been engineered to allow parents and children to safely dig, drive and ride familiar, real-sized construction equipment.

The decision to build the unique park was made by the owners and senior management of the neighboring indoor and outdoor water park, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, who leveraged the blueprint set forth by the four Diggerland parks in the United Kingdom.

“The opportunity to take the concept of a construction theme park and make it our own was very exciting for us,” said Ilya Girlya, CEO of Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA.

The Girlya family owns and operates SAMBE General Contracting which is overseeing the construction of Diggerland USA.

“My family has a very personal connection to the project, just as we did with Sahara Sam’s five years ago,” Girlya said. “Construction has been in my family for many years so it was a natural fit for us to build a construction theme park.”

Plans for Diggerland USA were officially unveiled just a few months ago in January and since, the park has seen significant progress, particularly this month. Local residents driving down Cooper Road can now see the black-and-yellow Diggerland USA sign with attractions and indoor facilities spanning the landscape behind it.

More notably, however, were the ride equipment deliveries received over the past two weeks that ensure the final touches to the park are completed in time for the grand opening in 40 days.

“Six months ago we returned from the United Kingdom and concurred that this was a project that would be a huge success,” said Chris Peters, Director of PR and Marketing. “The pace at which this park has come together is unheard of. It’s been a remarkable experience working with this team, our partners in the UK, and a 5-star global equipment manufacturer like JCB.”

A preview day for members of the media will take place Thursday, May 22. Press interested in attending the event should contact the Public Relations department for details via email PublicRelations@DiggerlandUSA.com or by visiting the Diggerland Newsroom.