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(9/17/2023) Europa Park Files New Plans To Rebuild Alpenexpress & Tiroler Wildwasserbahn (MORE...)
(8/17/2023) Europa Park - Dive Show Tank Errupts During Performance (MORE...)
(8/14/2023) Europa Park Shows Off Full Name and Partnership for New 2024 Launched Roller Coaster (MORE...)
(7/15/2023) A Look At What Existed Before the Fire (MORE...)
Park News - (8/17/2023) A really crazy incident took place at Europa Park this past week, but thankfully did not involve any kind of fire or ride failure. Instead the temporary dive show pool that has been set up in the final turn-around of the Atlantica Super-Splash lagoon suffered a dramatic structure failure and ruptured in the middle of a performance. Various videos from guests in attendance have made their way online showing the exact moment that the pool ruptured, sending most of the divers crashing into the water.
There is also another video clip from riders on the attraction itself, Estopped near the top of the final drop to avoid going down the flume and into the floating debris field. Oh, and in the final video clip, it does appear that one of the boats may have indeed done just that, as it shows a boat with riders stopped in the turn amongst the floating debris.
We hope that no one was seriously injured from this sad event.
(6/3/2023) A fascinating new article about the Eatrenalin dining/dark ride experience at the Europa-Park resort can now be found at Blooloop. If you missed our previous article about it, you may be wondering exactly what Eatrenalin is. Quite literally, it is the merger of a high-end restaurant concept where the diners are each loaded into their own custom-built trackless dark ride vehicles that will move them from room to room as they experience a 10-course meal.
The logistics behind the concept are incredible as dining groups of 16 people are sent in to the various environments, with each themed stop used to serve one of the 10-courses. Designed to serve 160 diners a night, in 10 different groups, the kitchen located in the center of the attraction has to be able to serve 1,600 meals a night, with all 10 courses needing to be served at the same time to the different groups throughout the night. If that wasn’t enough, there is no room for error as the dining is carefully timed to the experience, media and music of the dark ride experience as well.
According to the article Eatrenalin has been fully booked every night since they first opened it back in November 2022, with the menu of food items having just been updated in May 2023. A night at Eatrenalin isn’t cheap, with the prices starting at 195 euro per person, but the reviews have been very positive. Mack says they are now in talks to bring the Eatrenaline concept to a variety of major cities around the globe including London, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
(1/21/2023) Congratulations to Europa-Park, who hosted more than 6 million guests during 2022, an all time record for the popular German theme park resort. Previously Europa-Park’s all time attendance record was 5.75 million achieved during 2019, before dropping to just 2.5 million in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, followed by just 3 million in 2021. So with that in mind, it is fantastic to see the resort achieve such a full recovery to their attendance trajectory in 2022.
(12/11/2022) Earlier this year Europa Park mentioned that they were going to open an exciting new restaurant concept in 2022. The summer came and went and I never heard anything about it again, but it seems that the new restaurant did open on Nov. 4th over in the expansion complex where Hotel Kronasar and the Rulantica waterpark are located.
They call it “Eatrenalin” and they describe it as the restaurant of the future. More than just dining, all of your senses are going to be tickled through a variety of themed environments, multi-media content, and more to provide the ultimate gastronomic experience via an eight course meal, seated in something they call a “floating chair”.
Through all this amazing technology, the Eatrenalin experience sounds like part ride, part restaurant and part dark ride, as guests are transported through a series of rooms and environments over the 100+ minute journey that will change to reflect and accompany each course along the way. More than a meal, Eatrenalin is meant to be an experience that will touch upon all your senses and emotions.
Parksmania has actually just posted a video showing off the Eatrenalin experience in action that you can enjoy below as well that easily makes this one of the most unique dining experiences I have ever seen in my life. The floating chairs are like mini trackless dark ride vehicles, each with a mounted table in front of you. They are used to transport guests from room to room, and while they each move individually, they will assemble into a more formal group configuration again in some rooms and in other configurations in other environments as needed. Truly fascinating to watch!
2024 - Voltron Nevera and Croatia - (8/14/2023) Europa Park has announced that the full name for their new for 2024 roller coaster will be named “Voltron Nevera powered by Rimac”. For those not in the know, this appears to be a sponsorship style agreement with Rimac Automobili, the Croatian auto maker behind the Rimac Nevera electric sports car.
Once it opens, Voltron Nevera will be the longest multi-launch coaster in Europe with 1,385 meters of track, and featuring a 105º launch, which will be the steepest in the world. All said and done Voltron Nevera will feature a total of four launches (three forwards, one backwards) and seven inversions.
As a sort of preview for the new attraction and Croation themed land Europa Park will also open a new 4D film later this fall that will tell the story of Nikola Tesla.
(5/17/2023) A new video posted by Europa-Park shows off a ceremony that took place as the last piece of the new roller coaster opening in 2024 in the new Croatia land was set in place.
(4/30/2023) A new episode about the development of Europa-Park’s 2024 roller coaster and the design of the new Croatia themed land is now available on their Veejoy streaming platform.
(4/8/23) An awesome model scale model of Europa Park’s 2024 new roller coaster can now be found in the new Croatia Dome of Dreams area. A video below showing off the model gives us a great new look at how the new themed roller coaster experience will look when finished. The EuropaStreet twitter account also shows off a great view of the construction on the new coaster and new enhancements made to the park’s Josefina’s Magical Imperial Journey attraction, which now offers new themed boats and enhances scenes along the way. Joefina first opened last season with the original Jungle Rafts vehicles, featuring only some very minor thematic alterations so the brand new fleet of boats is a huge improvement.
(3/27/2023) Europa Park has finally released an animated POV video showing off their new roller coaster currently under construction. The video now confirms that the ride, rumored to be named Voltron, will not be ready to open until the 2024 season.To watch you’ll have to follow the link to Europa Park’s VeeJoy video website, but the experience is worth it. What you will see is Mack Rides first Stryker Coaster, designed to use 16-passenger vehicles (4 rows of 4) and featuring a very long multi-launch layout experience.
While they dont’ show off the queue,or any early scenes the coaster may travel through leading up to the first launch point, the high speed portion of the ride experience starts off with a magnetic launch forward, and then into more launch motors mounted to a vertically climbing track that shoots straight up through the roof of the building and into the ride’s first inversion. Shooting out of this inversion the train will turn slightly and enter into a sort of barrel roll inversion dropping off the roof of the building, into a bunny hop and up into a pair of back-to-back Immelman style inversions. From here the ride hits a section of booster launch track that shoots it up into a large hanging/stall inversion track before diving back at the ground, into an airtime hill, followed by a series of swooping turns and possibly another half inversion before the trains comes to a stop unexpectedly at the far side of the ride. This stopping point is actually a giant turn-table that will rotate the train 180º and line up with a second piece of track where the train will then suddenly be launched backwards up a spike for a moment of weightlessness before falling back down onto the turntable’s launch track that fires it forward at full speed once again. From the look of things, this turntable will likely be enclosed inside some kind of structure, where perhaps a scene of sorts will play out in conjunction with the story about the two large Tesla coil towers built… one atop of the main building and the second one built on top of the turntable building. From here the train will fly into what looks like a twisted Top-Hat sort of element, but with a swooping drop from the peak rather than a vertical dive to the ground. From here the train will go through a massive air-time hill followed by a second hill where the train will be banked sideways at the peak and then a double-up into a mid-course brake run. The final portion of the ride is a series of high speed twists, turns and a pair of corkscrew style elements before the train hits the final brake run.
As a parting message, Mack only says, “Welcome to the Electric Age”, and in 2024 this is sure to be the park’s most thrilling coaster experience to date.
(3/16/2023) Michael Mack has posted a fantastic aerial video showing off the construction site for the park’s newest roller coaster. As you can see there is still a lot of work to do, and while the rumored “Voltron” coaster was intended to open sometime in 2023, I wouldn’t be surprised if this slipped back to 2024 to give them more time to finish it. Of course, as Europa Park is open for most of the year, it also wouldn’t surprise me to see the coaster or maybe some of the new land open for “technical rehearsal” closer to the Christmas season either.
(2/15/2023) A fan has created an animated simulation of how they believe the new ‘Voltron’ roller coaster under construction at Europa Park will look like, themed to the experiments of Nikola Tesla. The animation features a few unique elements I had not considered as being part of the project myself, but it is entertaining never-the-less while we await the finale official announcement from Europa Park themselves. Check it out below.
(2/4/2023) Europa Park has confirmed that the first piece of track for their newest roller coaster has now been installed. Follow the link for a picture and more details.
(1/27/2023) A new video about the creation of Europa-Park’s new roller coaster can be found by following the link. The video is in German, but remember you can turn on subtitles in English and French to follow along. Things start off with some humor, but there is a great time-lapse video shortly after that shows off the amazing progress they’ve made so far putting up the massive buildings for the new attraction. The video ends with coaster track finally arriving on site.
(10/3/22) The final chapter of Europa-Park’s video series about the construction of the park’s next roller coaster can be found if you follow the link in the Tweet from Michael Mack. It also ends with an interesting surprise of sorts. Also, remember you can turn on English subtitles to understand what’s going on.
(8/28/22) Things are starting to move quickly at Europa Park as crews are setting up for the park’s next coasters. A construction picture from the site was posted by Europa-Park to Facebook on Friday along with a tweet from Michael Mack showing off concept art for the ride’s crazy new station building that will be themed as a former hydroelectric plant structure where new “electrical experiments were taking place” under Tesla.
More details about this themed structure has also been posted to the Veejoy website by Mack Media in a 24 minute long presentation. It’s in German but go to the settings on the video and you can turn on full English or French subtitles.
They do confirm that the storyline being told here would also tie to their Adventures Club of Europe (ACE) storyline that started with the creation of Voletarium. According to the story the ACE group presented Telsa with the old power plant building in which to conduct his new experiments with electricity, so you end up with a very unique looking structure that has many old building features, but has then been modified and adapted by Tesla’s new equipment, such as the giant Tesla coil tower on the roof.
The story of the attraction will involve Telsa’s efforts to transmit cosmic energy wirelessly through the air, and coming up with a way to even transport people with this same cosmic energy. With a launch planned for the new roller coaster, we can only guess that all this energy is going to end up powering your high-speed journey. Other parts of the video mention animatronics planned for the experience as well. One more interesting point... during a Q&A session taken while riding the park’s rapids ride, the subject open an opening date came up. While the ride is intended to open for 2023, they were open about the fact that certain electrical and control components have a 50-60 months lead time and while they hope everything will arrive in time for the ride to open in 2023, there are elements like this that are beyond their control that could delay things.
(7/2/22) Another humorous episode about the construction of Europa-Park’s new for 2023 roller coaster has been posted to the VeeJoy website. While the duo are talking in German, you can turn on English subtitles however. This includes talk about how there will be a ‘large water basin” built in front of the roller coaster followed by talk about how the station building structure will be built. The construction of the building will take some time, as it has to go up in phases to get the initial “shell” structure, allowing them to install the roller coaster track next, before they can put on the roof and finish the building and install all the various utilities (water, electricity, AC, etc…).
Then it is road-trip time and they take us to the Mack Rides facility Waldkirch, located about a half-hour drive from Europa-Park. Here we get a first look at some of the ride’s actual layout in the design department as well. (or is it? Design changes are teased…)
The coaster itself will use short Big Dipper style trains, seating 16 guests at a time, seated 4-across in 4 rows per train. The coaster will be able to handle 7 trains at a time, having 3 or 4 on the course at any one time and the rest moving through the various blocks in the station building.
Watch the end and they even show off a prototype track in action for an older Mack Rides concept that has yet to be built anywhere, the Rocking Boat ride.
(5/7/22) According to a tweet from Michael Mack they will be starting a new series of videos about Europa-Parks newest roller coaster called “Ω - The Construction Documentary”. But they’ve posted a mini veejoy riddle that apparently has a riddle to solve about when the new video series will start. It’s all in German though, so I’ve no idea what they are saying, but the banner at the end says May 26, 2022.
(4/23/22) So far it has been confirmed that Europa-Park is building a new roller coaster for 2023, and it will be placed as part of a new mini-land themed as Croatia, and we even know that part of the the land will take the place of the former giant satellite dish behind EuroMIR. The park also confirmed that the coaster would be an updated version of Mack Ride’s “BigDipper” style roller coaster system.
Now we are getting our first look at the layout of the coaster as posted on Twitter by the EPF4ever account who has gotten ahold of the building permit application drawings from the city of Rust. The drawings clearly show off the overhead layout of the new coaster, and also explain why earlier this year the park closed the nearby Traumzeit Dome (a small multi-media dome theater) and the Flight of Icarus (Balloon Flyer) ride for removal, as both will fall into the construction zone.
Based on the plans a new structure will ride on the site of these former attractions, which should offer a new themed structure along the park pathway where Flight of Icarus used to reside. From the initial look of things however, it appears that the entrance to the new coaster however may be on the other side of this structure, using the small bridge that formerly was used to send guests from the EuroMIR entrance plaza area over to the Traumzit Dome, which where it looks like a small open plaza and queue will be placed for the new coaster, along with what look like pathways leading off to areas beyond, not included in the plans that could lead to other elements for the Croatia land.
With the Trademarking of the name Voltron Coaster for the new attraction, this has also offered the thought that the ride could be themed around the scientific work of Nikola Tesla who was born in the Austrian Empire in the area now known as Croatia. This could add some really fun visual elements to the queue and to the enclosed portions of the coaster itself. The large structure appears to have room not only for the loading station for the coaster, but also room for some kind of themed start to the ride experience, which could include a mini-launch to start off the coaster experience. While it is difficult to tell for sure, the layout itself appears as if it could contain up to three launch points (the initial launch and possibly two boosters) as it includes a pair of very long parallel tracks that will separate the coasters into two sections as it passes by an existing warehouse structure. The back-half of the coaster appears to be located over what is currently a small employee parking lot off a service road entrance. Based on the twisted nature of the track here this appears to be a set of 2 or 3 inversions, though the plans also indicate a pair of small new building structures will rise here as well. I’m unsure if the coaster is intended to pass through the larger of these structures, or intended to simply pass over it. On the plans this structure is simply labeled as a Wartungshalle, which translates to “service area”.
(3/19/22) Europa-Park has confirmed on their French FB social media page that the park will be building a new land themed to Croatia that will feature a brand new roller coaster from Mack Rides. According to the update, this will be an updated “BigDipper” style coaster from Mack Rides (the last was Lost Gravity at Wailbi Holland in 2016) and will be built in the backstage area where the giant satellite dish near EuroMIR used to sit until it was removed earlier this year.
According to the RCDB post, they claim the park has also registered the name “Voltron Coaster” for possible use here.
(10/14/20) The future of Europa Park looks bright it seems. While speaking at the BlooLoop V-Expo this week Michael Mack, CEO of Europa Park, revealed that they plan to add at least two new themed areas and five new attractions to the park over the next few years. While he didn’t get more specific about the new rides in the works, he did confirm that a new roller coaster of some kind was planned to debut in 2023.
This will be the first new coaster to be added to the park since the kiddie coaster, Ba-a-a-Express was added in 2016. The last high thrill coaster was added was Wodan way back in 2012, so I would think it is well past time for the park to add a new high thrill coaster.
2024 - Rebuild Alpenexpress & Tiroler Wildwasserbahn - (9/17/2023) According to posts on Twitter, Europa Park has filed plans to repair and reopen the Alpenexpress powered coaster and the Tiroler Wildwasserbahn (log flume) that were damaged in a fire earlier this year. However, the plans also show that the former walk-through attraction housed that also served as an enclosed section for both of the other attractions will not be rebuilt. Instead the area will be replaced by a series of pathways through a rockwork landscape, along with what looks like a new structure that seems to have stairs going up to a second story level that may overlook this new area.
Based on the plans, it looks like Alpenexpress will keep the same layout as before, while the log flume will mostly keep the same layout, with the only noticeable change being a straight section of flume replacing a second that used to have a small bend just before the turn into the final lift hill.
(7/15/2023) I went back through my footage from Europa Park from my visit in 2017 and pulled out whatever footage and photos I could find of the three attractions affected by the fire last month.
(6/22/2023) A few stunning pictures showing off the aftermath of the fire at Europa Park have now emerged on social media. Michael Mack has posted a view from the park pathways where you can see the burn marks at the tops of the buildings and edge of the roof, but the true extend of the damage is still hidden from view.
Below that we find a trio of images showing off the extent of the damage to the building’s roof, along with two pictures taken inside the building itself. The interior photo paint a clear picture of the sheer destruction caused in the blaze that raged inside the building. All that remains of the catwalk/bridge structure that guests would walk-upon while touring the Diamond mine themed walk-through are the steel supports and railings twisted from the heat. Behind that the framework of the log flume structure can be seen, where the flume sections have all but melted away from the heat. I can only see the track for the Alpenexpress coaster in the background of the pictures, which is too far away to determine if it was also damaged.
The cause of the fire has still to be determined, but based on the pictures, the destruction to everything inside the structure is fairly complete, so I wouldn’t look for any of these to reopen anytime soon, if ever. The walk-through appears to be a complete loss, and too much of the log flume has been destroyed to think it could reopen without a major rebuild. The Alpenexpress powered coaster may be salvageable, but only after Europa Park are able to remove remains of structure to determine if it is worth saving, or if they would be better off building something new here.
(6/20/2023) Bad news for Europa Park, as a fire was reported to have broken out on Monday. According to the news reports the fire took place in the park’s Magic World of Diamonds walk-through attraction. This walk-through attraction is actually interwoven with two of the park’s other major attractions: The Alpenexpress powered coaster and the Tirol Log Flume, both of which travel through the themed diamond mine area.
According to various news reports, fire crews were quickly on scene and managed to put the blaze out before it got out of control. One report mentioned two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze and the park guests were all evacuated. Europa Park has already stated that the park would open again in the morning, but I would imagine that the trio of attractions will all be closed for the foreseeable future, until the extent of the damage can be assessed.
2023 - Vikingløp / Rulantica Racer-Slide - (3/11/2023) The new eight-lane “Vikingløp” RallyRACER slide at Rulantica from ProSlide is now open. The mat-racer slide features eight fully enclosed slides to allow riders to compete in a head-to-head race to the bottom.
(9/16/22) A set of new construction pictures from Rulantica show off the park’s new “Nordiskturn” area, home to the “Vikinglop” 8-lane enclosed mat-racing slide. Look for this new attraction to be ready to open sometime between the end of 2022 to early 2023.
(3/21/22) Plans for another new attraction at Rulantica have been spotted, showing off a series of eight side-by-side enclosed racing slides that will send guests on a ride from the inside of the waterpark through an outdoor twisted course that winds back on itself and takes then back to the enclosed building once again by the end. You can see concept art for the new racing slide posted over at Loopings.NL.
Fun Screamscape Videos Of Europa Park
A Stroll Around the Europa Park Hotels with Screamscape -
Tiroler Log Flume - POV
Schweizer Bobbahn POV
Fjord Rafting (2017)
Piraten in Batavia (2017)
Euro-MIR - POV