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.

Diggers Invade North America!

A brand new Diggerland theme park is set to open its gates in West Berlin, New Jersey. The owners of Sahara Sam’s Oasis, a year-round indoor and outdoor water-park, have teamed up with H.E. SERVICES, the UK-based creators of Diggerland, to provide a home for the new adventure park in the United States.

Masterhitch Europe Limited, sister company to H.E. SERVICES, has been buzzing with activity behind the scenes manufacturing and engineering the new construction attractions for the Diggerland USA park, over 50 units in total. The rides have now begun their journey across the Atlantic from the UK. Masterhitch Europe Limited has proven themselves leaders in the design and manufacturing of large excavator attachments and parts for construction, earth moving and demolition equipment.

The new Diggerland USA theme park site is centrally located next to the existing indoor and outdoor waterpark, Sahara Sam’s, in West Berlin, NJ. Officials have yet to reveal an official opening date for the park beyond “early summer;” however Diggerland USA website has begun taking birthday party and large group reservations with dates as early as June 14th 2014.

All of the Diggerland UK locations have opened for the 2014 season and feature over 100 diggers, dumpers and other mechanical attractions available for your amusement. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, take a ride on “Spindizzy,” whirl around in the “Dig-a-Round,” test your driving skills on the “Dumper Trucks,” or get behind the wheel of an eight and half-tonne JCB.

“We’re very excited to be working with the Diggerland USA team, building the foundations for an extraordinary and unique partnership,” said Hugh Edeleanu, H.E. SERVICES’ CEO. “The attraction is unlike anything that currently exists and will undoubtedly become a fantastic destination for all.” Hugh continues, “Today, Diggerland has invaded America, tomorrow it will be the world!”

Formula 1 Drivers Choose Kart World to Race

Wannabe racing drivers of all ages queued patiently, waiting for the doors to open at Diggerland Yorkshire’s brand new attraction, “Kart World” on Saturday. The new purpose built indoor kart course, has proven to be a great success, with drivers choosing to kick-start their weekends at full speed!

Diggerland Yorkshire’s Park Manager, Chris Simmonett said, “It was a fantastic day, everyone had a brilliant time and said they would definitely come again, the Kart World launch was a great success.”

The track is open to everyone from 9-10am on Saturday mornings. For just £5.00 per person, visitors as young as 6 can turn up and drive in a fun and family-friendly environment. Anyone over the age of 17 can race up to speeds of 40mph in the Surperkarts!

Mary Cole from Wakefield visited with her 2 childrenand said, “It’s very good value for money, the boys have really enjoyed themselves. They’ve made me promise to bring them again in Easter and I certainly will.”

Kart World, located off Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, is open every Saturday up until 31st October 2014. Kart World is exclusive to Diggerland Yorkshire and is the only indoor track within 15 miles. For a special event with a twist, groups and parties can also prebook a visit

Admission to Kart World does not include Diggerland park entry, however tickets can be purchased on the day.

Teachers Go Free This Easter

Diggerland would like to invite all Head Teachers, Teachers and Learning Support Assistants to Diggerland this Easter from Saturday 5th April to Sunday 27th April 2014.

As part of your complimentary visit you will get to experience all aspects of the attraction as well as observing how Diggerland can compliment your pupil’s studies. Whether you are looking for an interactive experience or a more in depth educational visit, Diggerland can provide valuable information, training and first hand knowledge to school groups.

Children can enjoy Diggerland with the emphasis on “Learning through fun”. Several areas of the National Curriculum are catered for, primarily in science, Design & Technology and Mathematics Key Stages 1 & 2. Diggerland is the Ultimate Adventure Park experience where children and adults can ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery in a safe environment.
Teachers can choose to visit our Devon, Durham, Kent or Yorkshire parks.

How to book your complimentary teacher’s go free ticket:

Only ONE voucher will be issued per Head Teacher, Teacher or Learning Support Assistant per application.

Any extra tickets can be purchased through the Diggerland website or at the gate. To book your visit, please contact the marketing department directly by emailing marketing@diggerland.com no later than Tuesday 1st April 2014.

Please note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
When booking your place, we will need:

Your Name
Position within the school
School Name and Address
Email Address and Phone number (school or personal)

For more details regarding school trips at Diggerland, please call us on 0871 22 77 007.

Information and Terms & Conditions:

Applications must be sent no later than the cut off date Tuesday 1st April 2014. Applications should be emailed to marketing@diggerland.com with your name, position within the school, school name & address, email and phone number. An e-ticket will be issued, subject to availability. Offer valid from Saturday 5th April 2014 – Sunday 27th April 2014. Only one Head Teacher, Teacher or Learning Support Assistant may visit a Diggerland park within any one group. Extra tickets for standard Diggerland entry can be purchased on the day from admissions.

Offer is for standard admission only. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, voucher or discount.

5 Things Diggerland 1st Timers Should Know

Diggerland reopens for a brand new season on Saturday February 15th. Though we look forward to new events and new experiences, some things never change! So here’s a handy guide to all the Diggerland newbies having their first muddy good adventure at the world’s most unique adventure park!

1. No heels!

Diggerland is all outdoors, and our diggers can get quite muddy, especially in the rain. This is not the place to be dressing up in your Sunday best, so just throw on a baggy jumper and some trainers and give the mirror a day off! But avoid white trainers if you can, or bring an extra pair – trust us!

2. Bring your own lunch. Or not. We have you covered!

Whatever you wish to do we can accommodate. Every park has its own on site cafeteria selling a variety of hot and cold food, but if you would rather bring your picnic that’s ok too! We have outside seating for you to sit and tuck in with the family, so you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a feast.

But if you do wish to indulge you can come and go as you please – simply get your hand stamped and you can pop out for food and return as many times as you like throughout the day.

3. Ride Spindizzy BEFORE lunch!

You might think you can handle anything, but for everyone’s sake just trust us on this one!

4. Check your diaries!

Diggerland is open every weekend from February to November, and on select weekdays around school holiday periods. Before you visit, check our opening times to avoid a wasted journey! You can also pre-book in advance for specific days and save a few pennies.

5. No need to rush!

Unlike other theme parks, Diggerland prides itself on shorter queuing times. Even when busy you won’t usually be waiting more than 30 mins for the most popular rides. This means in a day you can get around the whole park, twice, and take advantage of the unlimited rides without being rushed off your feet!

Duggy and Dotty's Very Muddy Christmas!

Winter is a quiet time of year for Duggy and Dotty. The parks are closed and all of our Marshals are with their friends and families. With so much spare time on their hands, Duggy and Dotty have been excitedly preparing for Christmas!

The advent calendars are sitting on their mantelpiece just above the empty stockings (because Santa hasn’t been yet!), and the Christmas music is on repeat. Luckily, thanks to Diggerland, getting ready for Christmas has never been easier for Duggy!

Top priority was getting the house lights and decorations up. Most people have to dust off the ladder and make a day of it, but when you have a shed load of diggers is much easier! Not only does Sky Shuttle provide relaxing views of the park for Diggerland visitors, but also comes in very handy when putting lights on the roof! As for planting the Christmas tree, well that’s what the brand new Komatsu excavators are for!

Now the house is full of festive cheer it’s time to start shopping, but as Dotty will tell you present buying is not Duggy’s strength! However, this year he is sending everyone he knows a Diggerland Gift Voucher – they are unique, lots of fun, and great value! As for the stocking fillers, he found plenty of nifty ideas in the gift shop.

Before we know it Christmas Day will roll around, and the most important meal of the year will need to be cooked. There are only a few things you can’t get at Diggerland, and a slap up Christmas feast is one of them! The café is closed and a burger doesn’t scream Merry Christmas, so as Dotty was running around the supermarket Duggy put the final touches to his homemade Christmas pudding.

As far as after dinner entertainment goes, Duggy & Dotty put on the best show in town! With over 18 exciting rides and drives for the whole family it beats charades!

Though Diggerland is closed over winter all four parks reopen on Saturday February 15th and you can preorder your gift vouchers now. Duggy, Dotty and everyone at Diggerland wish you a very merry Christmas, and we will see you all next year!

New for 2014: The Monster Digger Experience

Diggerland just got bigger! New for 2014, The Monster Digger Experience is like nothing you have done before. Under the guidance of an expert Marshal, you can take control of a giant 21 tonne Komatsu excavator for a one-of-a-kind 90-minute experience!

Participants will be greeted by their personal instructor for a safety briefing before heading into the park, where you will learn how to drive a giant Komatsu digger in this incredible one-on-one master class! It is the ultimate experience for the Digger mad!

The Monster Digger experience is available to prebook for £169.99 at all Diggerland parks on any day during the opening season dates. A Monster Digger gift voucher makes the perfect Christmas present, and you can order now by phone or online.

Diggerland offers a range of Gift Vouchers to suit everyone on any budget, starting at just £33.99. Individual and Group JCB Experiences offer all the excitement of the Monster Digger challenge using a giant 3CX digger. Dumper Truck and JCB Racing pits you against friends, family, or complete strangers in a series of muddy, adrenaline-fueled racing challenges. Gift Vouchers for two, three, or four are great value Christmas or Birthday gifts that the whole family can enjoy!

There is also an online Goodie Store where you can buy everything from a wristband and a hard hat to an electric drivable mini Land Rover!

Diggerland is the ultimate adventure park where children and adults can ride REAL full size construction machinery. There are four parks based in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire so you are never too far away from your nearest Diggerland! With over 18 digger themed attractions there is something to guarantee a great day out for all!

Best of 2013: Another Muddy Good Year

2013 has had a bit of everything – snow, rain, sun, and celebrities! Since opening our doors again in February we have smashed cars, dressed up, hit the road, and had a heap of muddy good fun! Thanks to all of you this has been the best year yet, and below are just some of the many highlights. Send your photos and stories to marketing@diggerland.com and we will add our favorites!

We were all blighted with a bad Winter, the snow seemed never ending, and when it did stop we were drowned in downpours! Things looked damp and dreary in January, but the fab Diggerland Marshals were up and ready for another year, whatever the weather!

Our season began on February 16th. Families put their woollies on and came in their droves to celebrate half term. Our diggers were revved up and people of all ages got behind the wheel to dig, dig, and dig some more! Up in Yorkshire was cold, but it didn’t stop this young driver from having buckets of fun in a giant JCB!

Before we could look forward to Summer, March and April had a surprise snow storm in store. Despite having to make the decision to close some of our attractions, the calls flooded in from all you concerned Diggerland fans and we were back up and running in no time! The snow cleared (we have access to a few diggers) and the clouds passed, giving way to the first glimpse of sunshine.

In June we had our first Dress Up Day of the season, giving budding builders the chance to enjoy a free day at Diggerland! But we had some very thorough criteria – hats, belts and tools were all a must! Only the most convincing builders were granted free entry! But even for the regularly dressed adults there was plenty to do, including our new and improved Go-Karts!

Introduced early in the season, the brand new Go-Karts are funkier and faster than ever, so you can race friends and family around our specially designed track in style! And in Yorkshire only is the exciting new Kart World – an indoor Go-Karting track bigger, better, and faster than our standard Karts. Perfect for that extra thrill! All four parks have also introduced the Train Barrels – an addition to the popular Diggerland Train that lets you ride in a pull along barrel at the back.

2013 has also hosted some incredible special events, including a few returning favorites. The Big Diggerland Car Smash Challenge was a resounding success – laughter was had, smiles were made, and cars were emphatically smashed into an unrecognizable clump of metallic glee. Once a year our Marshals get to put the rules aside and take out any pent up frustration on the poor cars awaiting their wrath, much to the delight of Diggerland visitors.

After a long hiatus, 2013 also saw the return of Digger Wars! Visitors watched on as two expert digger drivers battled it out in a series of grueling challenges! It was a blast, and keep an eye out on our website for news of any special events in 2014! And you always need to come to our parks to find us – we have been out and about at shows and events all year round from Brands Hatch to Crystal Palace, Devon to Durham and the Yorkshire Show in between, but the most fun all year had to be the JCB Mud Run! A group of brave Marshals from Yorkshire, led by Manager Chris, made the journey to Staffordshire and took part in the dirtiest annual obstacle challenge there is! JCB purpose build the course and money raised from the event goes to charity. Everyone from Diggerland had muddy good fun, but they never did tell us where they finished!

Our parks were open every day throughout the Summer holidays, and as you are all trying to fill those days with exciting things to do, Diggerland hits its busiest. Vikki Cross took this picture with her family driving the tractors. With over 18 attractions at each park, it’s not all about the diggers! As well as the Tractors and Go-Karts, children can drive mini Land Rovers or get behind the wheel of a real 4×4! But if it was diggers you wanted we have plenty of those too!

Finally, we have had more than our fair share of glitz and glamour with a couple of celebrity appearances, including a very special treat for staff and visitors at Yorkshire! Back in July, ITV series Star Treatment came to Diggerland to reward a few of our most deserving Marshals. Manager Mick’s hand-picked batch were greeted by Loose Women star Jane McDonald and whisked off to the Glam Van where they were given a full makeover and brand new wardrobe. Meanwhile Mick prepared a gourmet meal with a top chef, and at the end of the day the catwalk was assembled for friends and family to see their newly revamped loved ones!

Diggerland Kent then helped to realize someone else’s wish of a day racing diggers with Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet. They spent a few hours in the park riding Spindizzy and causing some general mischief, but everyone had a great time!

So the Autumn rolled on and as the sun started hiding again the coats came out and Halloween approached. We may have been in the final throes of our season, but that didn’t stop the staff at Devon getting all dressed up and getting into the spooky spirit! Where else can you spend the day with Iron Man, Superman, a vampire and a dragon, all while driving a range of real construction machinery? Exactly.

Before we knew it the year was over and the diggers were locked away for another Winter. However you can still order gift vouchers ready for next season, so if you need that special Christmas or Birthday present look no further.

Thanks to everyone for visiting us, and continuing to tell your friends about us. We have had a great year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014!