Pirates in Batavia Construction Begins
Monday 15th April 2019
Work on rebuilding Pirates in Batavia at Europa Park is progressing well! Less than a year after the fire that gutted the ride and area around it Scandinavia part of the framework for the new ride building has already been installed. Along with what we believe is the start of some of the ride troof. It would also appear that some of the facades for the ride entrance and area around it is also being constructed at the same time. A new tower by the old entrance for the ride can be seen in one of the photos.
Europa Park Pirates In Batavia Preview
Friday 12th April 2019
For the 2019 season, Europa Park have unveiled a preview in the Schatzkammer (The Treasury) for the return of Pirates of Batavia in 2020.
The original ride, that opened at the park in 1987 was unfortunately destroyed in a large fire in 2018 that also damaged the entire Scandinavia area of the park.
As part of the rebuild of the Scandinavian area, Europa-Park are also starting to rebuild the Pirates in Batavia attraction, however as they are constructing this ride from the foundations this means they can use the latest technology to make the attraction more cutting edge than it's charming, but slightly dated predecessor.
Within the preview itself, there is a large model of the proposed design of the attraction, which looks very similar to the previous iteration however, this seems a lot more detailed.
The preview also features an animatronic that will be within the new attraction which, as expected, looks a vast improvement to the 1987 version of the swash buckling pirates.
The animatronic in question is active within the preview, demonstrating the fluidity of it's movement which, again, really shows how this technology has progressed in 30 years.
Around the walls of the preview are boards, showing designs and concept art of sets and well as the rides boats.
Overall this really increases the excitement for the opening of this attraction next year as it shows that Europa Park are set out on bringing back a fantastic attraction and story, albeit in a way that capitalises on modern technology.