(Note: The park is owned by Mack GmbH
and used as a Showcase for their products.)
Park News - (1/9/16) A great new interview with Michael Mack (of the legendary Mack Rides family and on the board for Europa-Park) has been posted by BlooLoop this week. Michael is the son of Roland Mack and is the eighth generation member of the family involved in the theme park biz, which almost sort of makes him theme park royalty doesn’t it? Anyway… the interview goes on to chat about Mack Ride’s evolution in coaster design over the past several year and how Blue Fire was a huge breakthrough for the company in 2009. Other topics include Mack Media and how they first made their own 4D movie featuring Euromaus and then made another (The Time Carousel) in 2014. They also go over the move into IP themeing with the Arthur attraction and how the track for that ride is really the same track as Blue Fire… just flipped upside-down, and now they are heavily working on the future which merges the two concepts with the launch of their VR Coaster project that was added to Alpenexpress last fall. The public response to VR-Coaster enhancements has been huge and I think will be a major trend see start to see world-wide over the rest of this decade. In fact they mention that a VR-Coaster version of the park’s Pegasus family coaster will be next, and the theme will tie into a third 4D film attraction also in the works called Happy Family, “about a family getting transformed by a witch”.
(1/7/16) Europa Park reports that for the park's 40th Anniversary season in 2015, they served a record breaking 5.5 million guests, with a 98% average occupancy rate for the year for the resorts on-site hotels. This alone will justify the opening of a new 1000-bed hotel at the amusement resort in 2018, and a new waterpark is also planned to open in fall/winter 2018.
(9/18/15) Europa Park will offer a new VR ride experience on AlpenExpress, which actually started on Sept. 17th. The video can explain the concept better than I can, so check it out.
(5/15/15) Europa Park is working on something special it seems and has posted new POV video footage from their first "Testride VR Coaster System". The video description calls the VR Coaster as an "Augmented Thrill Ride" where they can bring mobile VR to any roller coaster. In the upper left corner you can see guests wearing VR headgear while taking a spin on one of the park's coasters.
2016 - Ireland / Kiddie Coaster and More - (1/11/16) I'm told that Europa-Park will open a new kids land in 2016 themed as Ireland, which will actually see the existing "Children's World" area transformed and some existing rides rethemed to fit the new theme, along with the addition of three new rides and a covered indoor play area. The addition of Ireland will make it the 14th Country to be represented within the park.
One of the new attractions coming will be a custom themed Zierer Kontiki flat ride. I’m guessing that the previously mentioned new Mack Rides kids coaster will also be placed in Ireland.
(11/30/15) Europa Park is adding an unknown small kiddie coaster from Mack Rides to the park for 2016 according to the latest update at RCDB.
???? - Happy Family - (1/9/16) In an interview about the park and Mack Rides, Michael Mack mentioned two attractions in the works that would both tie into the theme of a new “Happy Family” attraction concept. Happy Family is the park’s third self-produced 4D attraction “about a family getting transformed by a witch”. The second tie-in attraction to this would be a VR-Coaster enhanced experience they are going to add to the park’s existing Pegasus family coaster. They didn’t mention where the Happy Family 4D attraction was going, though I have to wonder if it will be located near the Pegasus coaster.
2018 - New Hotel - (1/7/16) A new 1000-Bed Hotel will open at the amsuement resort sometime in 2018.
Fall/Winter 2018 - Indoor Waterpark - Rumor - (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.