2019: Europa-Park General Discussion

Discussion in 'EuropaStreet Discussion' started by AstroDan, 3rd Feb 2019.

  1. Graeme

    Graeme TowersStreet Member

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    Totally in a tangent but I hope the park install some free water fountains for next year and some decent air con in shops etc in the parks. Having visited when t was 36 degrees, the park wasn't a great place to be. With Global warming and consistent high temperatures in Summer months I feel it's time for the park to invest.
     
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  2. DiogoJ42

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    36'C sounds pretty cool from what I remember of EP in summer.

    Never again.
     
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  3. Rob

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    I completely agree about the provision of water. Bottled water is very expensive when compared to the price of a beer and can be hard to pick up quickly due to very few shops having fridges in them (you have to queue at a food outlet which is not ideal on busy days when you just want a bottle of water).
     
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  4. Ramius

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    Getting free water is completely unknown in germany (afaik).
     
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  5. DiogoJ42

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    I've also heard (and experienced) this. Supposedly they consider it on a par with expecting to be given free food. A very strange attitude if you ask me. I would have expected this from America, but not Germany.
     
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  6. Rob

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    Indeed, when actuallty I was able to get free water at pretty much every US park that I visited last year!
     
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  7. pluk

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    I don't even expect it for free, just somewhere to get some is all I ask! It was my biggest complaint when I visited Europa, it was roasting hot from the start of the day but I could find nowhere open for a cold drink until about 1100. It was quite infuriating.
     
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  8. Ramius

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    This sounds unusual. I would expect to get a cold drink from every restaurant at the park.
     
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  9. Benzin

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    You can, just can't often get bottled drinks from a lot of European parks as easily as UK ones...
     
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    But vending machines are evil and ruin the magic etc etc.
     
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    They weren't open. Could find nowhere across Greece, France, Russia for something cold and wet. Maybe there were places we were missing tucked away some place, but none of the food and drink stalls were open. When they set up shop around 11:00 they were mobbed, so we weren't the only ones!
     
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  12. venny

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    It’s not unusual for some outlets to get pre-queues much like a ride might do before opening. Taverna Mykonos is one which springs to mind - you can often find a queue there 15 minutes prior to it opening.

    This all begs one question - why do they open so late? It’s not like EP skimp in other areas, so it’s bemusing to me that opening hours (and actually capacity and speed of service) is a very clear issue across much of the park’s F&B outlets; one which is sometimes overlooked in the glowing praise the park otherwise rightly receives.
     
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  13. EuroSatch

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    I’ve never had a problem finding an F&B outlet open from park opening. France in particular is great for breakfast serving pastries, hot and cold drinks, and even freshly baked bread right from the start. Venues designated as lunch and evening venues will open later, of course, but it surprises me that people are saying they struggled to find anything open
     
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  14. Benzin

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    Who says that?


    I don't even take cash abroad now so until they start getting contactless vending machines then still have to go to a shop... Which is often easier as the UK parks tend to have the stocked fridges...

    It's annoying to have to queue for an age at an eatery when you just want a bottled drink, and even then you might not get a bottle, they love a fountain drink over the channel!
     
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  15. Sam

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    This just isn't true though? Me and @AstroDan have had a beer from different outlets across park at 9am (not suggesting you resort to that, but soft drinks are also available).
     
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    Well it is true in that it happened to me. It didn't happen to you. So well done you?

    Europa is huge. I'm sure there was somewhere to buy a bottle of pop, but it wasn't apparent to me as a first time visitor where that might be. The eateries around the lake in France, closed. The shop which sells drinks central to the lake, closed with drinks tantalisingly in view bit unpurchasable. The eateries under cover near Cassandra, closed. The pull along carts thought that area, not there yet (and when they turned up took ages to set up and wouldn't sell until they were). Eateries in the shadow of the bobsleigh, closed.

    I'm not sure where it was I was supposed to be, but it wasn't any of these places. It was super hot. It was frustrating. Not sure why that is controversial?
     
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    My my, you'll not even be leaving the confines of the M25, next, darling.

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    Erm, Wodan appears to have gone very wrong:



    How on earth has that happened? Looks like it could be down for a little while.
     
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    I'm surprised this didn't happen to Wicker Man first given the oddities that had with its lift. Very peculiar to see!
     
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    It just looks like the chain broke near the top allowing it to slide down and come to rest in front of the train. I can imagine the shock of the riders seeing that happen, especially those in the front row! Still, these things (albeit rare) can happen and the anti-rollbacks did their job and nobody came to any harm.

    I dread to think of the bad PR if that happened at Alton Towers though... the ride would be condemned as "unsafe".
     
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