May 2019

Discussion in 'Europa-Park Trip Plans and Reports' started by Deejay, 5th Oct 2018.

  1. Deejay

    Deejay TowersStreet Member

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    Hi just wondering if the europark enthusiasts have any idea how busy the park would be last weekend in may 2019 it’s the uk’s half term but I don’t think Germany have any then, any advice would be appreciated . Thanks
     
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  2. an_he

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    The Thursday in the last week of May is an official holiday in Germany, France and Switzerland. At least in Germany, many people have a day off on the Friday as well. So it might be busy.
     
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  3. Deejay

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    Thanks could still work as was toying with three or four days so may drive out Sunday do three days on park and come back Thursday
     
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  4. AstroDan

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    You will be fine. I have done UK May half term at EP several times and to be honest, aside from Christmas - it's the quietest UK school holiday for EP visits. Obviously weekends are busier - and the Thursday of the holiday.
     
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  5. Graeme

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    Last weekend of May is the opening weekend of the new hotel. I don't know if it will have a major impact on the park.

    3 or 4 days will give you a chance to experience the park to the full.
     
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  6. IDB

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    Annoyingly I’ve only just seen this post after already booking my second trip over to Europa-Park. The two days we’ll be on park are 30-31 May which I’m now guessing will be busier than I was hoping for.
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much mate, it's the best park in the world at coping with high capacity crowds. You'll still get on everything you want to.
     
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    Yep, not only that but if it is busier than expected then the park will also extend opening hours. :)
     
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    Hoping for that although may need to pop out to sort getting the keys to our apartment.

    Another annoying oversight on my behalf was as we’ll be travelling from Basel by train I had planned on purchasing a Baden-Württemberg regional ticket. However hadn’t read that it isn’t valid before 930am weekdays and secondly children are classed as under 15 (not 15 and under) So trains may end up costing more than the flights.
     
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  10. Graeme

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    It'll be worth the cost though.

    I wouldn't worry about the crowd levels either. We arrive on 31st May and have been that time of year before, it's managable.
     
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    The cost of the whole trip is reasonable. My next decision is do I purchase a clubcard, which opens up the prospect of a return trip and also maybe visits to Liseberg & Phantasialand.
     
  12. Danny

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    If you are almost certain you'll be visiting again within the space of a year then it's definitely worth getting the club card. Both Halloween and the Winter season are excellent times to visit to make the second trip different. You'll only be able to use them for one day each on PL and Liseberg however, plus the latter can be quite expensive to do just by itself.

    You can easily do a cheap weekend at PL and pay for the second day.
     
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    Having spent last Thursday and Friday on park I’d recommend that if anyone is looking at visiting during this period in the future....don’t!!

    Thursday (Ascension Day) was busy.

    However Friday which is classed as a brückentags (bridging day) was absolutely heaving. The majority of rides on hour plus queues and the park closing the gates to new visitors at 11am having reached capacity.
     
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  14. AstroDan

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    Monday to Wednesday, on the other hand... were really quiet! Mad, really.

    Friday was a bit much. I found Thursday and Saturday manageable, though.
     
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    That’s annoying as I could have quiet easily planned to go those days!

    Thursday we did manage to do all the coasters apart from Matterhorn Blitz and we spent most of Friday watching the shows and the smaller rides.
     
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    A small little report of our recent trip in May 2019.

    We flew Easyjet from Manchester to Basel Euroairport on Wednesday 29th May 2019. As we arrived late in the evening we decided to spend the first night in Basel before our onward travel to Europa-Park, so took the No.50 bus into the centre of Basel and a short walk to our hotel.

    After probably the shortest nights we’d spent in a hotel we were up at 4.30am to take a tram across town from Basel SBB to Basel Badischer Bahnhof, from where we took the first train of the day up to Ringsheim.

    We had already pre-arranged for Taxi700 to collect us from the train station and take us to our apartment in Rust so we could drop off our bags. Unfortunately, on arrival outside our apartment we couldn’t get hold of the owner, so after 20 minutes waiting around decided to take the short walk to the park and use the onsite lockers.

    As the Thursday 30th May 2019 was Ascension Day, a public holiday in Germany, France and Switzerland, with our early start we had hoped to be at the front of the turnstiles for opening. But this didn’t go to plan. Due to us wanting to purchase our tickets using the RCCGB discount these had to be purchased from the information desk rather than the ticket kiosks. Unfortunately, the information desks opened at 8.20am the same time the turnstiles opened.

    So once we had our tickets, entered the park, and dropped the bags off in the lockers we were behind everyone else.

    Although the park was busy on the Thursday, following advice on what to do at the 9.00am rope drop we took the shortcut to Silver Star which gave us a head start and managed to get on most of the major rides during the day before the 8.30pm closing. We even had time during the afternoon to make a trip to the apartment and drop our bags off once we had made contact with the owner.

    On the Friday as we were purchasing discounted tickets again, we arrived just before 8.20am. It was soon noticeable that it was going to be a busy day. Usually in Europe if a public holiday falls on a Thursday they have the next day off as a brückentag (bridge day)

    At the 9.00am rope drop we headed straight to Arthur for a couple of rides before heading to Blue Fire. Quickly all major rides had 60 minute plus queues, so we decided to spend the day watching shows and riding the smaller attractions. The park actually reached full capacity and closed to new visitors by 11.00am.

    Although it was very busy we did have a good time on park for two days, however I wouldn’t recommend anyone else visits over this period. However, as AstroDan has posted, the previous Mon, Tues, Wed were noticeably quieter.

    On Saturday we took the train back to Basel for an afternoon of sightseeing before an evening flight back to Manchester.

    As it was only my second visit over to Europa-Park, both using public transport on arrival, it is still a learning curve on the best way to do things. Manchester to Basel is convenient for us, but the later flight times resulted in a long following day. It could also have been an option to have a few hours in the park on the Saturday and then travel direct to Basel airport (if the park was quieter/or we’d had a season pass) as I feel we’ve seen all Basel has to offer now.
     
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  17. Rob

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    I'm glad you had a good time despite the crowds. As you say, Thursday was manageable however Friday was the second busiest that I have ever seen the park (the busiest being 31st October in 2014). Thankfully rides like Silver Star have such a good capacity that even when the queue line is full it cannot really go much over 60 minutes.

    We left the park very early on the Friday to head up to Krønasår however I am shcoked that they only went for an 8.30pm close. I was epecting 9pm and would not have been surprised if it had been a 9.30pm close.
     
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