Bobbejaanland was founded by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a Flemish singer, guitarist, and entertainer who enjoyed international popularity in the fifties and early sixties. After 15 years he got weary of touring. In 1960 he decided to build his own music theater: he started draining a 30 hectare marsh that he bought in 1959. He build a venue with 1000 places where he could perform as often as he liked. In December 1961, the Bobbejaanland amusement park was born. Bobbejaan and his family sold the park in 2004 to Parques Reunidos.