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At last, I have been able to visit one of the best theme parks in Europe, Europa Park.

Living in London, the plan to actually get there for a weekend visit involved some intricate planning. After a flight, bus, two trains and a taxi I finally made it to my accommodation in Rust.

I had the afternoon on the Friday to get some great pictures from around the perimeter of the park before I spent two solid days of riding coasters.

 

On the Saturday night I went to the Marc Terenzi Horror Nights which was pretty awesome with 6 mazes and plenty of roaming scare actors wandering around the scare zones. The six mazes were hit and miss to the quality of them and also how scary they were.

 

Possession: My first maze of the night and with this being my first real theme park Halloween event, I found it pretty awesome. Possession was based on characters possessed by the devil, exorcisms and generally everyone going crazy. Plenty of good scares and it was made even better as I was in a group of three.

 

Dreamscape 3D: What do the 3D glasses do? It seemed I could of just walked through this maze without them and still got the same effect. This was one of the disappointing mazes of the event. There was supposed to be a theme of controlling your dreams but there was just pictures of clowns everywhere. Hardly any scare actors and to make things worse a few groups of people caught up to each other and we turned into a line of about 20 or so making it very predictable as we went through the maze.

 

The Nest: One of the best for the night. The scare factor was really amped up with the sounds of insects buzzing, snakes hissing and a mix of crazy sounding bugs blasted through the maze. The fog was on overload which gave the scare actors great opportunity to frighten us. The maze exited out into the cornfield which was also part of the Field of Freaks. Walking through a corn field in the middle of the night was awesome!

 

Chins Funhouse + Field of Freaks: The funhouse was a mix of carnival rides with pumping music blaring through the maze. Pretty much a fun house on steroids that exited back into the corn field. This was the longer path in the field and was full of freaks to scare the hell out of you. Very atmospheric as you could here girls screaming in the distance and you could hardly see where you were going. Both of these mazes together were the best of the night.

 

Carnival: This was listed as a maze but in fact was a carnival horror ride. Once loaded into a car, you are led through a multi story carnival ride with a few live actors hiding to scare you.

 

The huge crowds on the Saturday night made for long waits for each of the mazes, but after getting home at 1am it was definitely worth it!

 

I had a brilliant weekend at Europa Park and will have to make another trip to try out the new Mythos wooden coaster.

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So I've made it to Switzerland, now to get my train into Germany to Rust

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After what felt a lifetime, I have finally made it to Europa Park!

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Halloween is in full swing at the park

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hmm another trip for next year?

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Silver Star is massive!

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With the location of Silver Star partly over the car park, it gives you some great opportunity for some photos

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8:30am lining up on Saturday morning waiting for the stampede to Silver Star

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So once the gates opened I ran and was able to get a quick two rides in on Silver Star before the line got full with the crowds.

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What an awesome coaster, fast, smooth and plenty of air time hills

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I guess it's an out and back coaster...out it goes

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and then back again

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The park did a great job of with all of the Halloween props scattered around the park

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Next up was the Swiss Bob Run.

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This is now my third bob sled ride in the world and they are a heap of fun.

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Euro Mir. The lift.....that pretty much says how unique this crazy spinning coaster is.

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I think the lift goes for around two minutes then after some great views of the park, it hurls through the track and is a blast!

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The guy in the third car has the right idea.

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A quick Mythos update, no real changes since the last updates.

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That first drop looks wicked!

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Poseidon

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The first half coaster section is heaps of fun with sweeping turns and drops then it's full blast into the first splashdown.

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As with most of the rides at Europa Park, amazingly themed.

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The final drop.

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Skloosh!

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Poseidon's layout is quite big making it one of the best rides in the park.

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But you can't beat Blue Fire

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What a wicked coaster with the launch up into the unique banked turn.

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This is the first time I've had my heart beat rated....is 116 too high?

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All of the inversions are taken at an awesome pace.

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Blue Fire is definitely the most popular ride in the park with a constant line over the weekend of at least 50 minutes.

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With night time approaching it was getting close to the Horror Nights.

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After a break from the park for dinner it was time to enter Marc Terenzi's nightmare.

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Long lines for most of the mazes.

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The scare zones were full of mad and scary actors who were doing a great job getting the girls to scream.

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More lines.

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Chins Funhouse

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Brilliant make up on the scare actors.

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Carnival

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After a few hours sleep I was back for another day to explore more of the park.

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The crowds were building up again reading for the opening of the gate.

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Atlantica Supersplash

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Skloosh again!

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Whale Adventures Splash Tours. I'm not much of a fan of these unless the weather is really hot, no likely in Germany during October.

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the Giant Slide Labyrinth.

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Alpine Coaster was a surprise for me. What looked like a friendly family ride turned into a thrilling coaster that was a blast to ride.

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To get a better view of the park, I rode the Euro Tower.

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Euro Tower views

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With the amount o rides I was determined to go on, I only managed to see one show.

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This was in the arena in the Spanish land.

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Plenty of sword fighting, horse riding and lots of action.

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Fjord rafting

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It looked like this was one of those raft rides were you do actually get drenched and with the temperature around 14d decided to just watch instead.

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Standing up? This guy nearly fell out when the raft rebounded of the sides.

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Great update. Thanks for all the pics.

 

The park looks like it was packed, how were the lines during the day,

 

Most of the coasters were at least a 30-50 minute wait during the day, with Blue Fire being the longest.

Blue Fire's single rider line is a bit of a waste of time. If the single line is just outside the station then it will take about 50 minutes to get a ride, which is the same time shown on the main line. I think singe rider works best on 4 across seated coasters.

I was very impressed though with Blue Fire having 4 cars running over the whole weekend!

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Awesome park, one of the best in Europe!

 

Not just Europe, I'd go as far as to say it is one of the best parks in the world! It's so pretty, has a great collection of rides, and even the hotels are awesome!

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I took a visit this weekend as well. We had a wonderfull day, even if it was crowded our longest wait

was about 30 minutes for BlueFire...

 

@Craig:

they not only made a huge pumpkin out of EuroSat for halloween, they event renamed it

It was fully rethemed on the inside with weird halloween stuff and a new soundtrack!

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Here's another picture I took from Atlantica:

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Cheers

Ivi

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Is that Euro Sat that has been turned into a giant pumpkin? Im pretty sure it is, but one thing I do know is that is the most awesome peice of halloween theming i've seen in a long time. I love it!

 

Eurosat is renamed "Pumpkin Coaster" in Halloween season. The ride audio changes entirely, and halloween theming is in the queue ans ride areas. Extra lasers are also added, and there are pumpkins all the way up the lifthill, lit up orange!

 

[EDIT: Oops, just seen the above post. D'oh!]

 

Super report. Off next week myself!

 

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