(Note: The park is owned by Mack GmbH and used as a Showcase for their products.)
Park News - (8/30/14) A crazy experiment has been done at Europa Park where a professor working at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern approached Mack Rides with the idea of merging a roller coaster physical experience with enhanced visuals provided by an Oculus Rift VR headset. Mack thought it was worth looking into and gave them access to try it on two of the coasters at Europa Park: Pegasus and Blue Fire.
The first tests were done back in April and kept secret, but they’ve been working on perfecting the experience and have since made more than a hundred test rides and made some great discoveries along the way to create something they are calling the VR Coaster. The first video showing off our first peek at the project is now live at VR-Coaster.com with the promise of more to follow. This could be amazing.
(1/3/14) Congratulations to Europa Park who reported hitting an all time attendance high of 5 million visitors in 2013.
(12/23/13) It is always fun to see Europa Park open at Christmas-time. A current look at this year’s decorations and offerings can be found over at ThemeParkReview. Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, Eurosat wrapped with a giant bow… it’s almost time for Christmas.
(1/4/13) Congratulations to our friends at Europa-Park for setting a new attendance record. Thanks to the introduction of Wodan, Europa-Park wowed over 4.5 million guests during the 2012 season, up from the previous record of 4 million set in 2011. .
2014 - Arthur / The Kingdom of the Invisibles - (6/30/14) The new Arthur themed suspended dark ride / coaster style attraction at Europa Park is now open and some great pictures and a review of the new ride concept has been posted to Disney & More. I’ve discovered a few different POV videos of the action as well for you to enjoy.
(1/7/14) A preview video for the new powered / suspended coaster system used for the Arthur dark ride in Europa Park has been posted by Mack. Check it out below! It is a beautiful ride system, allowing for full 360 spinning control of the ride cars to aim the riders at the right scenery in each scene. You can also see a peek at the new TV spot for the park here.
(12/10/13) A new mini site dedicated to the new Arthur themed attraction coming to Europa Park can be found here featuring lots of concept artwork detailing the main Arthur ride as well as other kiddie attractions like the Mul-Mul Carousel, Free Fall Tower, Root Slides and a visit to Selenia’s House.
(12/4/13) A new video showing off the latest progress on Europa Park’s new Arthur / Minimoys attraction, along with new concept artwork, can be found below.
(10/8/13) A new look at the progress made on the Arthur ride going into Europa-Park can be found below. They talk about the creation of the ride, how the outdoor coaster track layout was designed to interact with the existing trees and how they did not move a single major tree to fit it in. Then we get a look at the progress being made inside the main building that will be the world of the Minimoys. This is going to be one of more interesting projects we see open in 2014, putting together a lot of themeing with a unique powered coaster ride system, special effects, animatronics and more.
(9/16/13) A new look at the powered suspended coaster system being installed at Europa Park for the new Arthur & The Invisibles themed ride opening in 2014 can be found here.
(6/24/13) New verticle construction photos showing off the Arthur / Minimoys attraction at Europa Park can be found here. There is also a new construction video blog available in both German and French.
(6/13/13) New pictures and art for Europa Park’s Arthur in the Minimoys Kingdom attraction can be found this week over at NewsParcs.
(5/23/13) More details about the new Arthur and the Invisibles attraction coming to Europa Park in 2014 have been released. According to BlooLoop the new themed area called “The Kingdom of the Invisibles” will be housed inside a 15-meter dome on an island bordered by two streams and Grimm’s enchanted forest. The main attraction will be a unique dark ride from Mack Rides that will place guests in rotating cars suspended from a 550-meter long track. The area will also have a carousel and a giant poppy shaped children’s drop tower ride.
(4/8/13) Pictures showing off new vertical columns now in place at Europa-Park for their new Arthur themed attraction can be found here. A construction blog about the new attraction has also been posted in German and French.
(2/19/13) RollerCoasterRevolution shows off a bit of the work taking place at Europa Park for the new Arthur: The Ride attraction area, which will be a powered suspended coaster style ride.
(11/16/12) Europa Park has announced that they will open a new attraction in 2014 based on the animated film, Arthur and the Invisibles. It’s said that this will actually be an indoor attraction area that will feature several unique rides including a roller coaster and carousel.
(12/1/11) According to RollerCoasterRevolution, Europa Park has already confirmed that their plans for 2013 will be a new children’s area themed to the Arthur & The Invisibles films as part of a colloboration with director, Luc Besson. The area is said to have a carousel, kiddie drop tower and an indoor family roller coaster.
2016 - Indoor Waterpark - Rumor - (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.