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  1. ^^ You can usualy find some good deals on dutch/belgium sites, like this one for example 37,50€: http://www.funticket.be/index-nl.aspx They might do some location checks. I didn't test it myself. It should also be noted, that the park is running its "pay once, enjoy twice" campaign (Link) in April, which gives you a free second ticket to use at a later day except in July and August. Considering that you seem to usually aim for empty parks this shouldn't be a problem for you anyway. Make sure you keep your ticket after entering and get your second free ticket at Kaiserplatz (Berlin Plaza) from 12am or at the exits after 2pm. So whether you get a discounted ticket or not, you would be kinda saving money in April anway. Although in german, it's always a good idea to check this german fan forum thread for links to deals: https://www.phantafriends.de/topic/264-phantasialand-verg%C3%BCnstigte-karten-sonderaktionen/?page=39
  2. Thx for pointing this out. The name simillarity totally got me. I did some digging and for the sake of completeness and to get some source in here, i found this official document from Europa Park about the rollercoaster restaurant. https://corporate.europapark.com/en/presse/nachricht/datum/2011/03/16/die-weltneuheit-foodloop-im-europa-park-1/?type=2
  3. ^the rollercoaster restaurant in vienna bought the concept of the rollercoaster restaurant. The first rollercoaster restaurant was installed at Europa Park. As stated above the company is owned by Michael Mack.
  4. The company is owned by Mack. They also developed the rollercoaster restaurant. I wouldn't hold your breath, that would require so much time for loading / unloading, families wouldn't be able to participate together, you couldn't take anything with you, yadda yadda. Pretty much the antithesis of the typical "destination theme park attraction". Yeah capacity would certainly be a problem. Though not beeing able to take stuff with you at Universal Parks is nothing new.
  5. Couldn't find a thread so here it is .. Mad Mack has developed the worlds first loop for karts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOcx2-Jo24o Quick summary for the lazy - Drivers are held in seat by "special security belts" - Go-Karts enter guide rails - MackManiac e-kart only - "At special intersections you have the choice to follow our accelaration paths leading to our attractions" - registered for patent approval - "[..] there is an electronically controlled barrier installed at the beginning of each acceleration path leading to the actual attraction, which ensures that only one kart is driving through the attraction at a time." Full Website Quote: Mario Kart @Nintendoland anyone? Source / Official Website
  6. Europa Park has released its visitor numbers for the 2017 season. The park increased its numbers once again (+100k) and had a total 5,6 million guests in 2017. German Source
  7. and both use a system like you described as well. I linked two videos showing the transfer track in progress.
  8. ^ You can see the opened attractions during winter on the official park homepage: http://www.europapark.de/en/attractions/all-attractions Attractions that are closed during winter have a small text "closed during winter" below them. You can also select to only display attractions that are opened during winter at the top, though I guess you are probably interested in what is closed. Although Blue Fire is also mentioned to stay closed during winter I think it will open on some days if temperatures are high enough. Don't quote me on that though
  9. Speaking of good news I just realized that it hasn't been mentioned here that Lady Moon (Huss Flipper) and Aqua Spin (Huss Top Spin) have been shut down since the 1st of August and the park has confirmed, that the rides will be removed from the park. Time consuming repairs and lack of parts have been given as reasons. German Source You may now continue with your love declarations for Merlin
  10. The park currently offers pay once visit twice if you visit before May 15th, which you seem to do . You can finde more information on the official homepage (e.g. when the second tickets are valid and where you get them): http://www.phantasialand.de/en/park/tickets/pay-once-enjoy-twice/ If you are looking for one time tickets, some sites from the Netherlands and Belgium offer reduced tickets. I'm not sure though if these are valid for the mentioned pay once visit twice campaign. Also you might not be able to buy them from outside the respective country. Though maybe you can surpass these limitations with VPN. No guarantee though https://www.socialdeal.nl/deals/parkstad/phantasialand/entreeticket-voor-phantasialand-plus-1-gratis-ticket-op-te-halen-in-het-park-voor-een-volgend-bezoek-geniet-met-de-hele-familie-van-meer-dan-40-spectaculaire-attracties-en-adembenemende-shows-maastricht-parkstad/?ref=CQYN http://www.funticket.be/nl/ https://www.dagtickets.nl/
  11. Come on.. at least read the last page or how many times do I have to comment this?
  12. There were huge woodworm problems which were literally eating away at the supports and track and they spread a lot before there were noticed. That stupid rumor that has been around long before the closure of Colossos. It has been debunked by the CEO of Holzbau Cordes who is responsible for the wooden parts, in an interview January 2015, where he also named several counter measures. German Source Edit: Unless you have any other sources, which have not been named on german coaster forums???
  13. The park has confirmed that Colossus won't open in the 2017 season. Quick Google translate: Original Source
  14. I believe the unit conversions may be slightly wrong. 5 m/s is 11 mph. So the ride's speed is increasing from 11 mph to 24.6 mph. That's crazy that there's a drop on the lift hill. Gotta get that here in the states! You are indeed correct. I must have accidentally calculated mph first and put it into place for kmh and calculated the wrong mph from the wrong kmh. Edited my numbers accordingly.
  15. Spoiler of #WhatsInTheTower following. The max velocity has been confirmed to be increased from 5m/s to 11/ms or 18km/h to 39,6 km/h or 11,2mph to 24,6mph Edit: Adjusted mixed up number as pointed out by thrillseeker4552 /Edit German Source Edit: Almost forgot to mention the other info of the article. The construction of the kids coaster "Der kleine Zar" has begun: The Sky-Fly "Kärnapulten" will open sometime during the year.
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