(Note: The park is owned by Mack GmbH
and used as a Showcase for their products.)
Park News - (11/27/17) The winter holiday season is upon us and Europa-Park has now kicked off their annual winter celebration that runs from Nov. 25 through to Jan. 7, 2018 (Except Dec. 24 & 25). According to the park’s description, “Thousands of lights, 2,500 snow-covered Christmas trees and 10,000 glittery baubles let Germany's biggest theme park shine in a festive splendor during the chilly season. Europa-Park welcomes its guests for the 17th time to a wonderful winter opening. Alongside the sparkling Bellevue Ferris wheel and the fascinating show programme, many winter specials like the unique Circus Revue and Christmas gastronomy offerings ensure pulses race at the world's best theme park. In Europe's largest flying theater, the Voletarium, guests will also experience an emotional journey through Europe in the winter. At the Mercedes-Benz Hall, the great art exhibition, OTTOs World, will also enchant the entire family with more than 100 works of art, including Ottifanten & Co.”
(9/30/17) A review of Europa Park's new Traumatica haunt event has been posted to ScareTourUK this week.
(9/27/17) It's that time of year again, when Europa Park celebrates the Halloween season. This year the park has renamed their event Traumatica and it will take place on select nights from September 20 through to November 4th, filling the night with eerie figures and demonic nightmares. You can find out more details about Traumatica at the official website.
(9/12/17) Congratulations to Europa-Park for winning the award for Best Theme Park Worldwide for the 4th year in a row from the Golden Ticket Awards. Jürgen Mack, owner of Europa-Park, was on hand at the ceremony to accept the award with his son Frederik.
(8/14/17) A bit of self promotion here, but I threw together a long overdue POV video of my ride on Euro-Mir at Europa Park back in June that I hope everyone will enjoy. Over the course of my brief stay at Europa Park I came to become quite fond of this most unusual and unique coaster, quite unlike anything else I've ever experienced anywhere else in the world.
(6/26/17) EUROSAT to be rebuilt for Summer 2018 - Click Here For More Info
(1/26/17) Congratulations go out to Europa Park for hitting an all new record for visitors in 2016. According to this report the park welcomed in over 5.5 million over the past 12 months.
(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.
2017 - Voletarium / Project “V” Flying Theater - (6/12/17) Europa Park opened Voletarium last Saturday, the most expensive attraction built in Europa Park history... and Screamscape was there at the media preview day to ride it first. Click here to read our extensive review and see photos of this highly themed attraction experience.
(5/16/17) A reader has sent in a picture from Europa Park showing off the outside of the park's new Voletarium attraction building which is set to open in early June.
(4/5/17) A fun new video from Europa Park shows off the park's new Voletarium flying theater attraction, new for 2017. Voletarium is being booked as "the largest Flying Theater in Europe", which will carry passengers away to the most beautiful and fascinating places across the continent. Check out the preview video below.
It should be really interesting to compare the this new experience to Disney's current 2nd generation Soarin' ride-film which has seen some criticism from it's over-use of computer generated scenes and add-ons. Look for Voletarium to open this June and you can read more about the technology baked into this latest concept from Kraftwerk Living Technology and Brogent in a good write up posted over at BlooLoop.
(10/1/16) As rumored, Europa Park has announced that “Project V”, a new flying theater attraction, is coming to the park in 2017. According to the details the attraction will feature two large flying-theaters for extra capacity, able to handle 1400 people per hour. Currently the park has opened a preview center for the new attraction in the German area of the park, and as rumored guests will take flight over the spectacular sights and landmarks of Europe. You can see more by visiting the preview website.
(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 - EUROSAT 2.0 - Confirmed - (10/30/17) According to the latest update from Europa-Park, Eurosat will close down at the end of November 5th to begin the process of removing the old coaster for a newly redesigned and modern version set to open in 2018 to be called Eurosat 2.0. The rebuilding process will be interesting because the top of the sphere structure that houses it will have to be removed and then rebuilt again.
The original Eurosat experience has been preserved however, as a posting from Mack Rides has shown, they have mounted 360º cameras to the existing ride and shot video footage of it in action that will be made available for everyone to experience soon on the Coastiality app on your mobile device, allowing you to watch the ride experience in 360º video or via a VR headset.
(6/28/17) Screamscape has uncovered a couple of interesting items of note on the “EuroSat 2.0” project for Europa Park. Currently, the plan will be to take down the geosphere/dome outer shell of the ride structure, but while they are not sure just yet how much of it will have to come down, I’m told that it will be much more than just the top half. Of course, this will provide guests visiting the park with an unprecedented photo opportunity while all this work is going on throughout the fall and winter months.
Also, clearing things up a bit, I’ve been able to confirm that EuroSat 2.0 will use 100% brand new track. The old track will be removed and retired, so this will be a completely new coaster when it reopens in 2018, rebuilt from the ground up, along with some “minor” changes being made to the layout as well.
(6/26/17) Huge news has been released from Europa Park over the weekend, as they have confirmed that the indoor EuroSat coaster will close at the end of the summer season. The top half (or more) of the huge geosphere structure will be taken down, and the old ride completely removed for a complete rehab and rebuild, with new secret themeing to be added, in order to create what they are currently referring to as "Eurosat 2.0".
The exact nature of the changes and new themeing have not been released yet, but Screamscape has been told that there will be some interesting small modifications made to the ride to make it an even better experience. The one fact we can confirm however is that they want to add in a VR Coaster experience to the attraction, but to help with capacity, the plan is to rebuild it to have a second station area just for the VR riders train, which will be added and removed from the main track via a switch as needed. Look for the all new version of EuroSat to open by Summer 2018 if all goes well.
For those who have not had the pleasure of riding EuroSat, the current coaster experience is similar in nature of Disney's original Space Mountain style coasters in the US, but enclosed inside a giant geosphere ball structure that on the outside appears to look almost identical to the Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot, in Walt Disney World. The inside of the structure however is a tangled spaghetti-bowl of twisted track spiraling around in darkness, but the park did have a fantastic scale model on display showing off what the inside looks like that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
2018 - Paddington Bear Comes To England - (10/14/17) Europa Park and Mack Media have announced the signing of a new deal to obtain the rights to use the Paddington Bear character in Europa Park. According to the article Paddington Bear will be a "central feature" of the park's England themed land and be seen in a new VR ride experience, in a new Paddington Bear shop and the launch of a new Paddington Bear themed ice-show that will take place in the park from Spring 2018 through the fall, then it will become a touring show hitting various cities in Germany.
They will be striking while Paddington is a popular character once again with a second film launching in the UK on November 10th before rolling out to world-wide audiences afterwards. (Jan. 12th, 2018 in the USA).
Summer/Fall 2019 - Rulantica and Kronasar - The Museum Hotel - Under Construction - (11/12/17) A few pictures taken at a distance show off the current progress of the new indoor waterpark and resort expansion being added to the Europa Park Resort have been posted to ThemeparX.
(9/15/17) Michael Mack tweeted out an interesting image showing off the themed areas of their new indoor waterpark under construction to open in 2019. Atop of the image is apparently the name of this new waterpark... Rulantica. A few images of the new hotel being built next to the waterpark were also posted, naming the new hotel as Kronasar - The Museum Hotel.
(9/5/17) According to an article from our friends at BlooLoop, Europa Park's new indoor waterpark project will feature a Nordic theme when it opens in 2019. This, some new artwork and a few new details about the waterpark and connected resort project can be found by following the link, including a confirmation that the newly introduced "Adventure Club of Europe" storyline introduced with the opening of Voletarium (see our review here) will also be included in the theme for the new waterpark experience.
A press conference with more details about the Europa-Park Wasser Erlebnis Resort is expecting to take place in mid-September.
(9/4/17) According to the latest info sent in to Screamscape the new indoor waterpark coming to the Europa Park Resort have signed up with ProSlide to design and built all their major slides and attractions. In a day and age where many parks buy off the shelf or clone designs, I'm hearing that it looks like Europa Park is going the custom route and will have unique slide layouts custom made for their facility which is always a great thing to see. I'm told a large enclosed raft slide and some kind of new dueling tube-slide creation are already being designed for the park.
(6/17/17) During my visit to Europa Park a couple weeks ago I noticed that construction on the park's newest project was already well under construction. Several cranes are already on site as the new indoor waterpark and resort hotel project is already under way and viewable as you drive into the village of Rust. The location is worth mentioning, as this is being built in a new location compared to Europa Park's other resorts, going up on the edge of town, instead of right next to their other existing resort properties. As such, you wont have easy access to Europa Park via the EP Express monorail or the rear Resort Gate, as I'm sure some kind of bus or shuttle service will be involved.
That said, expect this area to be a hub for future resort development at Europa Park going forward, as I was told that the park purchased enough property out there to build at least two more large resorts in the future.
As for the immediate plans, I was told that they expect that the Water Adventure Resort hotel (with 304 rooms and suites) will be ready for the first guests as early as late Spring 2019 and feature an exclusive entrance into the waterpark just for the hotel guests when it opens in Fall 2019.
According to the promotional artwork being sent out by Europa Park, the indoor waterpark (14,000 square meters) is being called Water Adventure World, and will feature 20 waterslides within a completely themed indoor environment with attractions that will appear to both large and small waterpark fans. Given the high level of themeing that I saw myself inside Europa Park, I'd say that the waterpark guests are going to be in for a very special experience.
Given how popular Europa Park in across Europe, this is definitely a project to keep your eyes on going forward. They expect to begin taking bookings for the new resort sometime in 2018.
(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."
(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.