Piraten in Batavia Sign Returns
Monday 27th April 2020
In the latest update shared by Michael Mack on twitter, the sign for Pirates in Batavia has returned. Restored to its former glory the sign for the ride remains the same, however, the facade for the ride's entrance has been changed slightly to fit in with the Adventure Club of Europe. A fictional organisation created for the backstory of Voletarium and future Europa Park attractions.
What a comeback of an iconic piece of history! The signboard of Piraten in Batavia just returned. Construction is progressing nicely! #Batavia2020
Europa Park Previews 2020 Theme Park Season
Wednesday 8th April 2020
Europa Park was due to open for the 2020 Theme Park Season on 28th March 2020. However, due to the global pandemic, Corona Virus, the park's opening has been postponed until at least 19th April. Rulantica also remains closed during this time. The event, Night Beat Angels, has also been sadly cancelled by the park. It is unclear if this event will be rescheduled for later this year or just return for the start of the 2021 season.
However, in light of all of this sad news, Europa Park continues to keep guests entertained on social media with exclusive sneak peeks of changes around the park. Ranging from the small details like a section of Atlantica Supersplash track being repainted, to the rebranding of Blue Fire, now sponsored by Nord Stream 2 and the construction of Pirates in Batavia.
In a series of videos on the parks Youtube Channel, the park is showing some of the changes around the park, publishing a video every Friday until the park reopens. In the first two videos on the parks Youtube channel, we can see a new animatronic has been installed in the Ghost Castle ride queue line. The old entrance for Blue Fire has been removed and a new one is currently being constructed. A section of gas pipe looks to be being installed at the entrance to the new Nord Stream 2 Dome Entrance. The rethemed dome looks to have a 21st centre look and feel. We would expect with everything going on this will be complete and finished in time for Summer. For the time being the entrance for Blue Fire can be found next to Wodan. New logos have also been fitted to each train and it appears that the rollercoaster could have been repainted during the closed season.
In the second video published by the park on Friday 3rd April. The park gave guests a sneak peek at the work going on around Pirates In Batavia. Work on the ride has rapidly progressed since we last saw it in October at the parks Traumatica event. In the video, we got a glimpse at the entrance portal for the ride and the area around it. Themed around the country Holland, the area looks amazing and we cant wait to see it in person when the park reopens. We also get another small glimpse at what the queue line for the ride will look like. In the video, it seems that the first section of the queue line you enter will be themed to a bar/lobby as seen in the promo video. Other small bits of work around the park include a new Magnum ice cream shop, complete with an ice cream selfie station.
Taken from Europa Park's website:
"Europa-Park is already prepared and ready to open any time: the shows are developed, the attractions are in the starting blocks and the gardens are beautiful as ever. We are looking forward to welcoming our guests as soon as possible.
Stay with us and more importantly, stay healthy.
Your Mack family"
Europa-Park Weekly - Folge 1 (28.03.2020)
Europa-Park Weekly - Folge 2 (04.04.2020)
Pirates in Batavia Exterior Complete
Friday 11th October 2019
Since our last visit to Europa Park, the construction for Pirates in Batavia has progressed rapidly. The building is now fully enclosed and the facade for the building has started to be built. Currently, the entrance portal for the ride can be seen with a large circle cut out and place holders for windows can be seen around the area. Due to the location and type of ride being built, we can see inside and see any progress. However, we expect the park will do a documentary series about the reconstruction of the area over the closed season.
The ride is expected to reopen Summer 2020.
Piece By Piece Pirates Comes Back To Life
Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Over the past few weeks, Europa Park has been rebuilding the facade to Pirates in Batviaia along with progressing with the main building for the attraction. However, with the construction of Scandivina soon to be opening and taking longer than expected to rebuild. It appears workers might have been taken from one project and put on another to get the project back on track and open as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, construction has progressed rapidly since our last visit to the park. By the end of the season, we expect that the ride building will be complete and the facade will almost be ready for theming. We cant wait to see what it looks like when this is all done!
Pirates in Batavia Rises From The Ashes
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Work on rebuilding the huge ride building for Pirates in Batavia is underway at Europa Park. Due to the size of the dark water ride, the building is never going to fly up over a few weeks. The old building contained offices, break rooms, servers and the old water ride. It would appear Europa Park is making use of this redesign to reinforce the building for future use. Hopefully, the park will be able to add more attractions in this space, similar to what they did to the Scandinavia. Scorri Tour is set to open later this year.