Europa-Park is one of the biggest theme parks in the world, and has more rides than any other park in Europe. It is currently Europe’s most visited seasonal theme park (a park which is closed for part of the year), attracting 5.5 million guests every year; a figure beaten only by Disneyland Paris.
Europa-Park has been voted the best theme park in the world for four years running in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, which placed Europa-Park ahead of everyone else – including Disney Resorts worldwide! It is also a TripAdvisor winner, as the highest rated theme park in the world with more 5 stars than anyone else.
Yet, in spite of all of this acclaim, Europa-Park remains a little known resort to those of us in Britain. Advertising only within certain regions of Germany, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Europa-Park is a hidden gem in Europe for Brits travelling abroad.
Most staff speak German plus another language, usually French or English. Staff wear name badges which also have flags of the countries for the languages they speak. Do not be put off – if you do not speak German, you will have no difficulties. However, it may be useful to learn the basics such as “please” and “thank you”.
Europa-Park started out as an idea between Franz Mack and his son Roland in 1972, designed in-part to showcase the rides built by the family manufacturing company, Mack Rides. After three years of planning and construction, the park opened its doors in 1975 and welcomed 250,000 visitors in the first year of operation, with a milestone one million guests recorded in 1978.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the themed areas of Italy, Holland, England, France, Scandinavia, Spain and the German Alley were introduced, giving new and exciting experiences for the many guests now flocking to the park. Two million guests visited the park in 1991.
The park has expanded considerably since those years, and the first accommodation offering “Hotel El Andaluz” opened in 1995. To meet the demand for overnight stays due to the growing popularity of the park, “Castillo Alcazar” was built in 1999. In following years, Hotels “Colosseo” (2004), “Santa Isabel” (2007), and “Bell Rock” (2012) have been added to the on-site accommodation options.
Despite many new rollercoaster additions through the years, the park did not have an inversion until 2009 when the Mack Rides “Bluefire Megacoaster” opened in the newly constructed themed area, Iceland.
The Mack Family have remained consistently focused on their main priority throughout the years; providing the finest quality experience. This can be seen by the immense attention to detail displayed across to the Resort, from ride areas and shop buildings through to restaurants and hotels.
Park owner, Roland Mack, is well known for his love of people, and believes this is a key factor in building an experience that guests will truly love.
‘Our visitors deserve nothing but the best, and that’s exactly what they get from us’Roland Mack
Rides and Attractions
Europa-Park boasts over 60 rides – both big and small. Water rides include a log flume (Tiroler Wildwasserbahn), rapids ride (Fjord Rafting) and splash battle (Whale Adventures – Splash Tours). The resort’s newest ride, Voletarium, is at the entrance to the park and is a flying theatre experience similar to Soarin’ at Epcot, Orlando. A range of dark rides, carousels and other rides suitable for all the family complete the experience.
Park transport is offered by the EP Express Monorail (enclosed monorail system), Panorama Railway (open sided train ride) and Mini Monorail (open sided monorail) service.
There are 13 rollercoasters throughout the park, which we’ve summarised below:
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