Should I go to Europa Park

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 10:23 PM
Hey everyone...I'm thinking very seriously about going to Europa Park on Saturday...anyone been there? What's it like? I know they have 7 coasters, 6 by Mack...but they all look like they have pretty cool theming and stuff. What other flat rides / attractions to they have, and is it worth the 2.5 hour drive from my house on a weekend? (I'll go eventually, but I'm wondering if the crowds are usually really bad on weekends...should I wait for a weekday)

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Jman
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Thursday, May 15, 2003 2:19 AM
Hi

Its definitely worth a trip. I would even consider to stay for two days. Due to the proximity to France and Switzerland the Park is ALWAYS crowded (they have the same amount of visitors as CP!) But I have heard recently that Sundays are not so crowded because everybody thinks it would be packed. Weekdays are full of schoolclasses.

I am one of those people who is not mad about theming, sometimes it can even annoy me, especially this old german village style makes me want to puke. But, like Disney the amount of detail and style they put in their theming is exceptional.

If the weather is good (coming saturday will be alright) I would go to POSEIDON first, because lines can get very long. Its a very good watercoaster and serves as a shopping window for other parks. The theming is top notch and the ride is lots of fun.

SILVERSTAR has good capacity, and will probably run two or even three trains.

To get coasterfix supreme you have to go there for EURO-SAT and EURO-MIR alone. The first is one of the wildest, wickedest enclosed coasters I have ridden. If you like your coasters wild, you will love it. EURO-MIR is a surreal experience. The mouse like trip around the mirrored towers is a ride in itself and the rest of the ride shows, that a 260 ft B&M is more family friendly than a Mack creation. Especially the final brakes on the two EUROs is insane.

The wild mouse and the Bobsled rides are fun too.

Make sure to ride the powered coaster and the log flume. They share an enclosed cave which is really worth to see. and they use real fire fx in there. The cave is as well a walk through and you should definatly do this (its themed to a diamond mine) Its not so easy to find. But now you know;))

They lack in the flat ride dpt. IMO. There are some throughout the park, but nothing to write home about ( in the back of the park, the spanish section there are some nicely themed flats).

The rapid ride is quite good as well.

Make sure to do the dark rides. They are quite hidden, so you better get a parkplan. GEISTERSCHLOSS (ghostcastle) is located in Italy. Its very Disney-esque. The themeing is overboarding and some scenes are really funny.

PIRATEN VON BATAVIA is a like Pirates of the Carribean, but again its brilliantly done.

There is as well a strange revolving theatre which houses a multi media show (if it should rain, do it), a forgettable simulator ride (which is currently re-themed, and not in the state it should be. A shame for a park of this magnitude.)

New for this season is a 4-d cinema. I havent seen it, but the same film is shown in DE EFTELING in the Netherlands.

In Greece you will find a Mack Madhouse FLUCH DER KASSANDRA (which is only recommended to get dry after Poseidon).

I have read your Holiday Park report and that park is in a completely different league (even if Silverbrake, erm Silverstar is nowhere near the brilliance of EGF).

If you should decide to stay overnight, the park has currently two hotels and will open a third soon. They are not cheap. There are numerous Bed&Breakfast houses around. One is DIRECTLY adjacent to the park entrance (one minute walk!) You literally sleep under Silverstars first drop, it has its own free parking, good breakfast and its only 35 €/55€ for a single/double room. (http://www.pension-sigg.de ) highly recommended.

Have fun. Your next trip should be HEIDE PARK. Colossus and the new Gyro Drop is worth a visit.

greetings. tricktrack .

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i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

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Thursday, May 15, 2003 3:23 AM
Wow...thanks! That's exactly the info I was looking for. I wasn't thinking of staying overnight, but I think I might now...it'll save me the drive home after a long day at the park, and I can decide whether or not I want to have a second day in the park. I'm going to e-mail the pension you're talking about, and see if they have a single available for Saturday night.

I'll be hitting as many coasters in Europe as I can during my time here: Heide Park, Parc Asterix, SF Belgium, SF Holland, WBMW, etc...

Thanks again!

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Jman
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Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:37 AM
I just found a ton (143) brilliant photos of Europa Park (and some from Phantasialand) on a german forum. Fast connection is recommended, its 7mb. But its definately worth the download.

If you search the trip reports, you´ll find a brilliant Europa Park report by Sean O. who posted his wonderful ACE european trip diary here last year.

http://freizeitparkweb.de/cgi-bin/dcf/dcboard.cgi?az=read_count&om=713&forum=DCForumID39

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*** This post was edited by tricktrack 5/15/2003 12:38:13 PM ***

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Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:57 AM
http://frank.drnk.net/gallery/?gal=ep

Some of my photos. To answer your question, I have to drive over 6 hours to get to Europa-Park, and I never ever have a single doubt about wether to go or not!

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Dutch Coastin' :: European coasters, thrills and theming!

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Thursday, May 15, 2003 3:59 PM
I've been fortunate enough to ride coasters here in the UK, in mainland Europe, the US and the Far East. Europa is still probably my overall favorite park in the world. Just go - you'll love it.

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209 coasters ridden (but it's still only early)

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Monday, May 19, 2003 5:45 AM
Europapark is definitely worth a 2.5hr drive. I've been there last year and for me it was a 8hr train-ride. but definitely worth the visit. I recommend to stay for 2 days - there's alot to do in the park besides coasters too, and on weekends the park will be crowded. I stayed from thu-sat and saturday had very long lines ...
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Saturday, May 24, 2003 9:15 AM
Hi Jman,

I am just curios if you finally went to Europa Park and if you enjoyed your trip?!

So, if you are in the mood you might give us (me) a trip report?

Thanks in adavance.

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