I did hear back from Europa Park and they did tell me that the photos taken by "Sio" were NOT permitted by anyone in the parks management and they did not arrange a tour with any park officials.
At best it sounds like they may have just asked random people who were in the area if it was "ok" to take pictures, and quite honestly not all your "front line" employees are going to know how to respond to a request like that.
If this was actually the case, the park should be making sure that no one is allowed access to any construction site and the front line employees should not allow this.
sio wrote:In the mail I sent you,I didn't speak of the fact that the photos were official or not.
You implied that you had permission to take these photos. But not having proper permission, this goes against our site's ToS and most other groups code of conduct.
I will inform everyone here now that just going up to a random employee to ask if you can do something, especially things like walking into a construction area, taking a camera onto a coaster, going backstage for ANY reason, is *NOT* something most employees are allowed to grant access to.
You may be putting yourself at risk and the employee at risk for being kicked out of the park, banned from certain groups, or have their employment terminated. For what? A bunch of photos? It's not really worth it.
Sio has been banned from the site for his actions as it should be common sense that if you're going to walk into a construction site, you need to talk to the parks management.