2020: Europa-Park General Discussion

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  1. Tim

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    @Danny will be delighted with this news!
     
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    From EP's YouTube channel;

     
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    LIVE from the Norwegische Stabkirche... the EasterGodService at Europa-Park!



    Not that I'm a religious man, but this is a very EP thing to do. There's a new song as well!
     
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    I'm not religious either, but that is truly heart warming.
     
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    I quite like the songs in between, which are sung by EP's very own Murray and Ornella.

    I guess, irrespective of what your religious status, the video demonstrates just how Europa-Park is more than a theme park. It has a depth to it, which few places - if any - can match.
     
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    Local German newspaper BNN have an article about the situation and atmosphere in Europa Park and the village of Rust during the shutdown. Germany may be starting to look to gradually return to normal life but its expected the park will remain shut longer, despite no official word on this yet from the state or Mack family so far, as a low priority site in terms of public life. Questions over how the park would operate in the current situation also remain. Locals in Rust told the paper they anticipate the park may open at the beginning of June at the earliest.

    https://bnn.de/lokales/ortenaukreis...dies-europa-park-herrscht-gespenstische-leere
     
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    Good article. The impact on the supply chain, local business in Rust is considerable. And that's before we even talk about the impact on Europa-Park itself.
     
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    Was reading through the Adventure Club of Europe website and found that this new character is Ghost Hunter & ACE member Giacomo Medaina with a full backstory here: https://adventure-club.de/en/home-page/giacomo-medaina/
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    (if only they could now retheme the whole ride to this story please...)
     
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    That is the sort of thing that EP put onto that ridiculously overblown ACE website and theme a new ride on the above story in 2 or 3 years time.
     
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    German parks are looking at reopening on 4th May apparently. Obviously there will be slight changes to operations etc but how amazing have the German's handled this epidemic? Europa n Phantasialand will be busy this summer.
     
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    Well, I'd imagine that they won't be too busy in order to adhere to social distancing rules, but I definitely think that an opening on this date would certainly soften the financial blow a lot for them; that would mean that they've only missed out on about a month of their planned season, potentially less than a month in Phantasialand's case as I think they normally open in mid-April anyway!

    However, I must ask; where did you hear this? I was under the impression that theme parks and leisure attractions were banned until August in Germany, or did I imagine that?
     
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    But most theme parks are still closed "until further notice" according to their websites.
    Although zoos opened this week/last week.
     
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    Just to clarify there's nothing official about when German parks will reopen. The Tourism Minister for Baden-Wurtemberg Guido Wolff has been in the press talking about his desire to allow them to open on 4th May (but he cannot speak for the whole country). It is part of his 3 step proposal on reopening leisure facilities which he intends to argue for at the next Government Lockdown Review Meeting this Thursday (30th April).
    Whether he can convince his counterparts in other states, remains to be seen as for the moment those restrictions are nation-wide. Whether a decision will be reached or it is devolved to each individual state to decide for themselves is also not yet clear. Should each state be given those powers certainly his enthusiasm could mean if that were to happen EP and Tripsdrill could open before Phantasialand or Hansa depends on what their respective states decide.

    Overall its all still up in the air. Thursday might bring some more answers but nothing is certain yet. Personally I would guess a June date may be more realistic.
     
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    Yeah its not set in stone hence the 'looking at reopening' however it clearly shows they are pretty close to what they believe they can cope with.
     
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    I doubt parks will open next week. It's a bit of posturing I would say.

    That said, it's good to see traction. I can see them opening in May for sure.

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    This could be so much worse...the impact of the virus healthwise and the impact in the industry including themeparks. It´s such a good sign that they already started talking about opening the parks...even if there will be restrictions in the beginning...
     
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    In this week's Rulantica Weekly, Michael Mack has said that they're working on a virtual queue-type system to allow guests to go straight onto an attraction without having to wait in the queue line.

    This will surely mean that capacity has to be majorly reduced considering the paths aren't simply wide enough to contain a lot of people. The park have said before that they need people in queue lines to keep paths less busy, one of the reasons that a fast pass system has never been implemented.
     
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