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EUROPA-PARK
Germany
(Note: The park is owned by Mack GmbH
and used as a Showcase for their products.)

 

 

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----    THE LATEST NEWS    ----
 (10/3/22) New 2023 Coaster Construction Update (MORE...)
 (9/16/22) Construction Update for Nordiskturn / Vikinglop Expansion at Rulantica
 (8/28/22) 2023 Coaster Construction Update (MORE...)
 (7/2/22) 2023 Coaster Construction Video Update (MORE...)
 (5/15/22) A New Wet Flat Ride Is Coming To Rulantica (MORE...)

 

Park News - (4/4/22) According to posts from the Europa-Park Resort, the previously existing Coronavirus safety restrictions for the region expired at the end of Saturday (April 2, 2022). Barring any future changes, to visit Europa-Park, Rulantica, YULLBE or any of the Europa-Park Resort Hotels, you no longer need “proof of eligibility (recovered, vaccinated or tested) to visit. Face masks are also no longer required except in the Europa-Park medication station or on a shuttle bus traveling between the parks and hotels.
    The only thing you do need to visit right now is a valid and dated ticket or valid reservation confirmation of your stay. Since masks are still required when taking advantage of the park’s transportation between the parks and resorts, you will still want to bring one with you for those brief moments. You can also visit the official resort website for the latest updates before your visit to see if anything has changed.
 
    (2/21/22) In a video clip posted earlier this month, Europa Park shot aerial drone footage of their Poseidon coaster/flume ride. The interesting thing is that a few large upper sections of track on the ride are now missing, with replacements on the way.

 

2022 - New Themed Restaurant and Revised Attractions - (3/23/22) Europa-Park has opened for the 2022 season and the replacement for the former Jungle Rafts ride has also arrived. They call it “Josefina's Magical Imperial Journey” and it is essentially the same ride system as before, but with a new fairy-tale style theme along with a ton of water fountains. You can see a POV video of this new version of the attraction below.
    Also coming this season is a new Happy Family 4D film in the park’s Magic Cinema called “Happy Family Next Level 4D”. I’ve added a teaser trailer for this below as well.


 
    (1/8/22) In a surprise announcement from Europa-Park, three attractions will soon be closing this Sunday at the park to make way for some new projects. The biggest of these would be the park’s Jungle Rafts ride (Dschungel-Floßfahrt). This is another example of a slow boat ride seemingly inspired by the concept of Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride, but in this case the rafts are pulled through the course by an underwater tow cable rather than on a powered boat, and feature no such captain to narrate throughout the journey.
    Change to this attraction doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as over the last few years several other parks in Europe who offered similar rides found themselves come under criticism for dated visual representations of nature cultures, some of which were even called out for being racist. While Europa-Park’s Jungle Rafts were not at the front of the list of complaints aimed mostly at other parks, it does make sense for Europa-Park to take a proactive approach to handle the issue sooner than later.

    (6/25/21) A new tweet from Europa Park confirms that “A futuristic gastronomic concept will emerge in 2022 at #EuropaPark. Eatrenalin will combine media #technology, ride systems, culinary delights and creative #content, to give visitors an #experience that will be out of this world!”. The picture a cleared construction site however is at the location next to Rulantica, so the possibilities are really out there about just what this new themed restaurant concept could entail.

 

icon_STOP2023 - New Roller Coaster and Croatia Land - Under Construction - (10/3/22) The final chaper 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.
 
    (2/5/22) The skyline of Europa-Park is changing this week! In a tweet from Michael Mack, he confirms that the massive Russian satellite dish that served a backdrop for the park’s Russian themed area (sitting comfortably behind the Euro-MIR roller coaster) is now being taken down. The huge dish has been a feature of the park’s skyline for the past 25 years. But in his closing comments, Michael Mack states, “You can’t imagine what this place will look like in the future!”
    Looks like we have a great indication of where the park is planning to put their next big expansion as early as 2023!

 

 

2022 - Tĝnnevirvel at Rulantica - (5/15/22) A small construction update from Rulantica shows off what looks to be the completed foundation for the park’s new overdoor “Tĝnnevirvel” attraction, a Mack Rides Twist ‘n’ Splash flat ride that should fit right in as a unique addition to the waterpark experience. If you’ve never seen a Twist ‘n’ Splash, think of it as a classic Tea Cup style ride, but over water and giving the riders water cannons in which to soak each other during the ride experience. Like I said, this should be a perfect fit at Rulantica.

 

icon_STOP2023 - Rulantica Racer-Slide - (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

 

 

 

Newest Attractions:
2020 - Piraten in Batvia (NEW) and Departure to Batavia 4D

2019 - Snorri Touren, Kronasar, Rulantica

2018 - EUROSAT CanCan Coaster, Madame Freudenreich Curiosities and Jim Button

2017 - Voletarium

2016 - Ireland and Happy Family 4D

2015 -
Le Carrousel Du Temps and Beautiful Europe

2014 - Arthur & The Invisibles

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