I’m having trouble coming up with a “fresh” approach for writing about Europa. Everyone here already understands how great this park is (definitely in the top five theme parks worldwide), and I’ve written two reports about this park already (one as early as fall 2016). But there is one big difference this time around, at least for me. This is the first time I’ve visited Europa in the fall, as opposed to the summer--and it was great seeing how the park decks itself out for Halloween.
This holiday isn’t as big a deal in Europe as it is in the United States; Phantasialand, for example, doesn’t recognize it at all. Europa, however, has embraced All Hallows Eve and puts on its own haunt, complete with scare zones and mazes. This year’s version is Traumatica, a post-apocalyptic story in which five factions are fighting for dominion over the Earth:
Shadows (vampires who rule the world) Ghouls (reject vampires who feast on the dead and work for the Shadows) The Pack (werewolf bikers who work for the Shadows) The Fallen (insane human beings who want to be Shadows themselves) The Resistance (humans fighting for their piece of the world)
Our schedule didn’t allow for us to experience all this, but the park gave us a great backstage tour of Traumatica (along with their new “Soarin’ Over Europe” attraction, Voletarium). But you don’t have to experience Traumatica to enjoy the Halloween season at Europa. The park has decorations all over the place, including more then 150,000 pumpkins; a parade; a song you won’t be able to get our of your head (“It’s Halloween!”); and rides with Halloween surprises (such as a skeleton on a motorcycle inside Eurosat).
So, prepare yourselves for some post-Halloween spooky stuff, along with a look at the best theme park in Europe. I must warn the faint of heart that there will be Angry Corn--not a pretty sight!
So, gather you nerves and follow me in. If you feel frightened, just hum the Euro-Mir song.
We awoke to this lovely view of Wodan. (Not my favorite wooden coaster ever, but it does look nice.)
“Oh, welcome to Europa! We’re so glad you could come!”
“We hope you enjoy our wonderful attractions, such as Arthur . . .
Brace yourselves--there may be more Angry Corn in this post!
The Pig-Headed Guy blows a mean version of the Euro-Mir song on whatever that thing is he’s holding.
Europa not only has a “Soarin’,” it has a “Carousel of Progress” (park history), too. I can vouch for the donut stand on the left (very tasty fried dough circles).
Decorations or . . .
. . . more victims for the Angry Corn?
“Ahoy! Welcome to Pirates Nowhere Near the Caribbean, you lubbers!”
“Aye, this be the Worst Wonder Woman cosplay I ever seen. But IT'S HALLOWEEN! IT'S HALLOWEEN!” (Seriously, this song popped up in all sort of random places, including the Pirates of Batavia ride.)
“This poor lubber ate some of that left-handed hardtack, or maybe he bought some discount horror from a cannibal. Never trust a cannibal that offers ye a discount, sez I."
“Water curtains and projections of some octopus-faced demon? Bah! We have a rum curtain with a dragon!”
“Could you do a mate what’s stuck in the ceiling a favor? Take this chest off me hands.”
“Never take a chest from a scurvy, ceiling-dwelling pirate! Now stand and deliver or I'll squirts ye in the eye!”
"Aye, we'll be drownin' in pumpkin ale, thanks to all this treasure!"
This guy will tap your butt with his sickle. I know this from experience.
You can never have enough photos of Euro-Mir.
Ireland wasn’t finished when we were here last year. It turned out great.
Begorrah! Look at them whores on the wee kiddie coaster. Have they no decency?
Joey would make a good leprechaun. No one would ever get their hands on his crock of gold.
What more can you say about a park that themes the queue for its observation tower?
See those cranes on the left? That’s where the new water park and hotel are being built.
Europa is a a great resort, as well as theme park. The lighthouse on the left is part of Bell Rock Hotel. The Colosseo is in the middle. On the right are the Santa Isabel, El Andaluz, and Castillo Alcazar.
Ride the Bobsled to the raclette shack.
Euro-Mir and Blue Fire are on the left--two best coasters in the park.
Time for a backstage tour of Voletarium.
We’re inside the ride’s guts! (Well, I think it’s just the air-conditioning system.)
We also made it to Voletarium's roof.
I’m not a big fan of Silver Star, but it does look nice from up here.
From the sublime . . .
. . . to the ridiculous.
You know what I need after doing hard time in the stocks? Poffertjes and ice cream.
Bob agrees that ice cream always tastes its best right after you get out of the joint. (At least, that’s what he’s heard.)
Time for some more backstage tours.
First, we had a look at Europa's version of Oktoberfest.
Caesar, get down from there! Coming up next--a tour of Traumatica, Europa's "haunt."
Words just can't describe how amazing Europa Park looks! Even though there will be some major theme parks on this earth I MIGHT . . . AND I MEAN A VERY STRONG "MIGHT" never visit, I hope one day I can visit this park!
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