Off to Ireland
Actually, the Irish themed area was last year’s novelty and it would certainly be more interesting to talk about this year’s novelty; but just like the redesigned children’s land with the children’s roller coaster Ba-a-a Express, the new flight simulator Voletarium will not open until the peak season. On the one hand, it’s a pity, as always, when a new attraction doesn’t open at the beginning of the season, on the other hand, it’s Europa Park – you’ll soon find out again anyway, regardless of the self-congratulation as the best amusement park in the world, the negative touch of this boastful advertising campaign is only of interest to the brains behind the advertising anyway; the rest knows anyway that Europa Park is one of the best amusement parks.
In contrast to other amusement parks worldwide, however, Rust is surprisingly down-to-earth when it comes to the design of the children’s area. In fact, they are surprisingly independent and do not rely on small children’s series licences, as is the case with the English population who are enticed en masse into these areas (whether at Paultons Park, Alton Towers or Drayton Manor). Instead, they trust their own concept and allow the former world of children to have a comprehensive theme area design with lots of humour and wit. St. Patrick at least can be satisfied, the Irish themed area is pretty nice.
The main reason for visiting the park on this Easter Sunday was a ride on the Ba-a-a Express, the park’s newest roller coaster. Designed and built by ART Engineering GmbH, with the rails themselves bent at Mack Rides, this small ride primarily entertains the park’s younger audience; whose entry into roller coaster riding previously could only be made on Pegasus or the Alpenexpress, or possibly on the Wild Mouse Matterhornblitz or the Schweizer Bobbahn.
The compact layout can be quickly reproduced and is just as easy to drive through. After you have gained a few meters of altitude in a right-hand bend equipped with friction wheels, you descend on a leisurely straight. This also leads immediately into a left-hand bend, whereby a change of direction follows just as quickly and you complete the rear turn. Thereupon a short S-curve follows, after which one reaches the station. All good things come in twos and so you cross the track once more before you finally come to a stop.
The Ba-a-a Express is a nice children’s roller coaster with a surprisingly comfortable train and an admittedly very interesting technology; after all, the floor of the station is lowered on both sides before the train can leave it, but the railings at the station ends are not folded away. I didn’t quite understand that, but I suspect maintenance reasons for this, because it really doesn’t seem to be safety-relevant to me. Well, for the target group the roller coaster definitely is more than adequate, and parents will certainly have fun during the ride, too. Moreover, the design of the ride is quite fluffy.
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