(Note: The park is owned by Mack GmbH
and used as a Showcase for their products.)
Park News - (7/7/16) Europa-Park has launched a new VR experience for smartphone users who want to experience the same VR coaster adventure experience that the riders on the park's Alpenexpress and Pegasus coasters experience, but from the comfort of their own home. Make the leap over to BlooLoop to read all about the park's new Coastiality App that will bring these VR worlds to life for you. You can experience it handheld with your smartphone, or through Google Cardboard currently, with future apps compatable with Samsung GearVR and Oculus Rift coming soon.
(5/5/16) Congratulations to Europa-Park, who issued the following statement as they set a course for the park's future expansion plans:
"After having a successful 2015 that saw more than 5.5 million visitors, the largest theme park in Germany is paving the way for further expansion. In particular, the already approved ʻWasser-Erlebnis-Resortʼ – which includes a water park and a new hotel – and investments in new attractions and infrastructure projects are currently in the works. To meet these great challenges, Europa-Park has appointed Michael and Thomas
Mack to join the Board of Directors. Their appointment will ensure continuity in the company’s corporate policy."
(3/24/16) Europa-Park has posted a new video showing off all the new features they are adding for the 2016 season. Just watch the video below to see what they are up to with the addition of their new Ireland themed land which will feature a number of smaller sized attractions for the kids and whole family. Then the new Happy Family 4D film will open in the Mack Media theater which looks like great fun as well from the preview footage, which you can also experience in VR on Pegasus Coastiality. Plus many other smaller new additions are on the way, so watch the video and see what you think.
(1/9/16) A great new interview with Michael Mack (of the legendary Mack Rides family and on the board for Europa-Park) has been posted by BlooLoop this week. Michael is the son of Roland Mack and is the eighth generation member of the family involved in the theme park biz, which almost sort of makes him theme park royalty doesn’t it? Anyway… the interview goes on to chat about Mack Ride’s evolution in coaster design over the past several year and how Blue Fire was a huge breakthrough for the company in 2009. Other topics include Mack Media and how they first made their own 4D movie featuring Euromaus and then made another (The Time Carousel) in 2014. They also go over the move into IP themeing with the Arthur attraction and how the track for that ride is really the same track as Blue Fire… just flipped upside-down, and now they are heavily working on the future which merges the two concepts with the launch of their VR Coaster project that was added to Alpenexpress last fall. The public response to VR-Coaster enhancements has been huge and I think will be a major trend see start to see world-wide over the rest of this decade. In fact they mention that a VR-Coaster version of the park’s Pegasus family coaster will be next, and the theme will tie into a third 4D film attraction also in the works called Happy Family, “about a family getting transformed by a witch”.
(1/7/16) Europa Park reports that for the park's 40th Anniversary season in 2015, they served a record breaking 5.5 million guests, with a 98% average occupancy rate for the year for the resorts on-site hotels. This alone will justify the opening of a new 1000-bed hotel at the amusement resort in 2018, and a new waterpark is also planned to open in fall/winter 2018.
2016 - Ireland / Kiddie Coaster and More - (1/11/16) I'm told that Europa-Park will open a new kids land in 2016 themed as Ireland, which will actually see the existing "Children's World" area transformed and some existing rides rethemed to fit the new theme, along with the addition of three new rides and a covered indoor play area. The addition of Ireland will make it the 14th Country to be represented within the park.
One of the new attractions coming will be a custom themed Zierer Kontiki flat ride. I’m guessing that the previously mentioned new Mack Rides kids coaster will also be placed in Ireland.
(11/30/15) Europa Park is adding an unknown small kiddie coaster from Mack Rides to the park for 2016 according to the latest update at RCDB.
2016 - Happy Family 4D - (1/9/16) In an interview about the park and Mack Rides, Michael Mack mentioned two attractions in the works that would both tie into the theme of a new “Happy Family” attraction concept. Happy Family is the park’s third self-produced 4D attraction “about a family getting transformed by a witch”. The second tie-in attraction to this would be a VR-Coaster enhanced experience they are going to add to the park’s existing Pegasus family coaster. They didn’t mention where the Happy Family 4D attraction was going, though I have to wonder if it will be located near the Pegasus coaster.
2017 - Flying Theater Attraction - (9/8/16) Screamscape sources tell us that as I kind of guessed, the yet to be announced Flying Theater attraction coming to Europa-Park in 2017 will essentially be a "Soarin' Over Europe" concept, taking guests for a virtual flight over some of Europe's most impressive cities and landmarks.
(9/6/16) I'm told that a new Flying Theater attraction will be added to Europa Park in 2017, designed by Brogent Technologies. No word yet on what the ride’s theme will be, or if this may be some kind of Soarin’ Over Europe concept.
2018 - New Hotel - (1/7/16) A new 1000-Bed Hotel will open at the amsuement resort sometime in 2018.
Fall/Winter 2018 - Indoor Waterpark - Rumor - (5/16/16) Follow this link and click through the photo gallery images to see the layout and details for the new indoor/outdoor waterpark project coming to the Europa Park resort area, along with some details about what kind of unique attractions it will have in the first phase, along with some details about the new 300-room hotel. Work is expected to start this fall I believe.
(1/7/16) The new watepark project is now looking to open in Fall or Winter of 2018.
(7/12/13) The local news reports that according to Michael Mack, Europa Park may be looking to build a year-round indoor waterpark that could open in 2016 and could pull in 500,000 to 800,000 guests per year.