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(1/9/22) Europa Park Posts Video Teasing A Hint Of What's To Come (MORE...)
(1/8/22) Europa Park To Close Three Park Attractions This Sunday (MORE...)
(10/17/21) Europa Park To Now Stay Open Between Halloween and Winter Events for "HOLLOWinter" (MORE...)
(8/31/21) Europa-Park To Launch VEEJOY, A New Theme Park On Demand Concept (MORE...)
(6/25/21) Europa Park To Open New Highly Themed Restaurant In 2022 (MORE...)
Park News - (1/9/22) Europa Park has posted an edited down POV version their Jungle Rafts ride, which closes forever at the end of today. According to the tweet however, “If you look closely, you might discover where the next trip is going.” So looks like some kind of clues have been hidden in the ride… anyone able to spot something?
(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. While Europa-Park isn’t saying what will replace it, depending on the magnitude of the project and the timing of the closing, I would say that we may not see the replacement ready until 2023.
The other two attractions set to close down this Sunday would be the Traumzeit-Dome (Dome of Dreams) and Flug des Ikarus (Flight of Icarus). The dome theater also isn’t surprising, as the theater has been a revolving door over the years, constantly updating one show for another. Over the past few seasons I believe Dome of Dreams has been used for Snorri’s Adventure, a 360º animated experience featuring the park’s Snorri character as a tie-in to the new Rulantica waterpark. Flight of Icarus is a balloon themed flat ride located not far from the Atlantis Adventure dark ride and in this case I’m guessing that the ride may simply just have gotten in need of replacement. The existing footprint could be reused for any number of possible replacement concepts in the future, so we’ll have to wait and see what is planned.
(10/17/21) Europa-Park has announced that for the first time in the park’s history, Europa-Park will remain OPEN while they transition between the Halloween and Winter holiday seasons. So from November 8th through 26th, 2021 the park will offer a taste of ‘HALLOWinter’, a hybrid experience between the two seasonal events, with the park open daily from 11am to 7pm. Then starting Nov. 27th the park will switch over entirely to their classic winter season offerings, with the park remaining open through to Jan. 9, 2022.
Select attractions may be closed, as construction to put winter items in place may disrupt some areas of the park, but it is great to see the park expand their operational calender. Please note that some water attractions however are already closed for the season and will not open until 2022. This list includes: Atlantica SuperSplash, Fjord Rafting and Tirol Log Flume. Check the Europa-Park App before your visit to find out about which attractions and shows are being offered before your visit.
(9/17/21) New COVID-19 related health policies will begin on Sept. 16, 2021 in the Baden-Wurttemburg area of Germany that may affect future visits to Europa-Park. According to tweets from the park this will introduce a new three-stage warning system.
Currently the region will begin in the “Basic Stage”, or lowest of the three tier, which will not change anything away from the current requirements to visit the park. This means that all guests are required to show some sort of COVID proof before visiting, which includes proof of vaccination, proof you had COVID and recovered already, or a negative test result that is no older than 24-hours for a rapid test or 48 hours for a PCR test. You can read all the details of the required proof forms accepted here.
I’m not exactly sure what happens in the upper tiers of the system if it gets to that point, but I believe it may involve the outright banning of anyone who can not prove they are vaccinated or fully recovered from COVID based on the local infection rates and how full the hospitals are. This may be similar to various so called “2G” systems already in effect in some other locations in Germany.
2022 - New Themed Restaurant - (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.
2023 and Beyond - New Roller Coaster and More - Planning - (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. While Europa Park does not yet have a Mack built Hypercoaster, they do already have Silver Star from B&M, though something like the DC Rivals coaster they built for Warner Bros. MovieWorld would offer a different enough experience from Silver Star. Another thought may be to build one of the new extreme spinning launched coasters like Time Traveler that Mack built for Silver Dollar City. I’m sure either concept would end up being very popular.
If you signed up for the free V-Expo, you can watch the interview with Michael Mack here.
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