Discussion in 'EuropaStreet Discussion' started by AstroDan, 8th Jul 2013.
Depends on quantity sold
...just like fastrack...
Rulantica has a visitor limit of 5000 people a day and not every external visitor will buy that ticket.
Trust me. I agree it's not great.
I was entirely directing my post at siralgenon for somewhat sarcastic reasons.
While we're on the subject of Rulantica, I'm concerned it's going to be far too small in the first instance. But that's negative so I had best keep up the pretence everything is perfect.
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My point was it sort of “feels” like a paid for premium service, akin to Fastrack. It certainly does operate to the detriment of other guests, more so hotel guests (as I pointed out), but also as others have pointed out to the detriment of those who will turn up at what they expect to be opening time only to realise there’s already queues for the slides.
That system is already in place in the main park, but it’s limited to certain rides. As stands in Rulantica, not only do all hotel guests receive early entry, but also anyone else willing to pay for it. That’s not what the main park does and as such it feels like there is more of a paid for premium experience being offered for Rulantica.
So I follow a couple of EP staff members on snapchat, and last night one of them snapped a couple of pictures in spa-like robes, walking around parts of the waterpark which looked fairly complete. Looks like we’re at a point where staff testing is happening
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They have been testing slides for a while, actually.
Not long now, really!
Roland Mack turned 70 on Saturday, and in true Europa-Park fashion a stupidly over the top private party including a spectacular show took place in Rulantica. This of course has given us a sneak peak in to a nearly completed Rulantica:
EP have just shared this concept to reality comparison graphic:
For some reason that reminds me of the eccentric London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
Rutlantica looks pretty sweet, no doubt about it. Interested how throughputs are. For a company obsessed with capacity, there are challenges that are difficult to overcome in a water park.
You've obviously not been to a German water park. I was recently at the nearby Badparadies Schwarzwald in Titisee (yes, that is a real name!). In the UK it's normally one person down a slide at a time. Not so here. For most of the slides, you just keep on going. Admittedly the slides didn't tend to have sudden drops and accelerations, and on quite a few of them you had tyres that would cusion the impact if there were a collision. There were a couple of faster slides with a turnstile at the top and bottom. The next rider couldn't slide until the previous one had exited. I still couldn't see a UK water park being run like that. Even in the summer holiday there wasn't much queuing. I'm sure if the same slides had been in the UK we'd have been waiting 15 - 20 minutes each time. I presume they don't have a lot of reported accidents though, or they'd have to change.
I hear that some of the slides do have multiple queues, so I wonder whether they're doing single rider queues for the multi rider raft rides. Holiday World in America has single rider lines for some of their water slides. It also has long opening hours to presumably distribute guests over a considerable period.
I do agree it will be interesting. As you say, water slides often don't lend themselves to high throughputs.
@Funcone sounds like an interesting way of operating a water park! I will have to visit next time I am at Europa.
Maybe they can get people through more quickly on body slides, but I think that's harder on raft slides if they aren't amending the hardware (and they might be!).
As much as I love Holiday World, the single rider lines in Splashin' Safari are nauseating. I get it on a coaster, but snuggling up to a half naked stranger on a clover leaf raft is a step too far. One guy had a terrible skin problem on his leg that was on top of mine in the centre of the raft, he looked as mortified as I was.
The closest I've been to death was on a water slide operated in a rogue manner, but that's a story for another day.
I quite like this shot, very high-res - worth a zoom in.
Rulantica opens in 6 1/2 weeks.
Not long at all there! It appears that much of the inside is now complete but there's still a fair bit of work to be done on the outdoor areas. I wonder if these will be ready for when Rulantica opens? I certainly hope that the Vildstrøm wild river is open come the end of December!
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