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All I remember about Wild Arctic was that me and my brother went for the stationary version just because the 'simulator' side had a line and we just wanted to see the polar bears before we had to leave the park (our parents were waiting for us by the entrance), and that lead to us sitting on a bench watching a screen for four minutes which definitely had the air of "welp, I guess that was a thing."

Wikipedia says you're allowed to just walk past the stationary version to get to the exhibits but I don't remember that being the case in 2009...
 

Matt N

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All I remember about Wild Arctic was that me and my brother went for the stationary version just because the 'simulator' side had a line and we just wanted to see the polar bears before we had to leave the park (our parents were waiting for us by the entrance), and that lead to us sitting on a bench watching a screen for four minutes which definitely had the air of "welp, I guess that was a thing."

Wikipedia says you're allowed to just walk past the stationary version to get to the exhibits but I don't remember that being the case in 2009...
Both attractions offer a non-ride option (or at least, did in 2016). We actually only rode the Antarctica ride once, and used this non-rider line for our other visits to SeaWorld, as it tended to be much shorter, and the penguin exhibit was the highlight of the experience for us anyway!

I don’t think I ever actually rode the simulator of Wild Arctic because of this non-rider option; I think we used the non-rider line on our only experience of Wild Arctic.
 

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Rupert

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As of yesterday Europa Park is now served by Deutsche Bahn long distance trains between Frankfurt and Milan (via Switzerland), which stop at Ringsheim for the shuttle bus.

The route is Frankfurt - Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Ringsheim - Freiburg - Basel - Luzern/Lucerne - Bellinzona - Chiasso - Milan.

Pretty great that you can now tie the park in whilst getting the train between some major cities on a pretty spectacular route. I just hope the station and the sauna-like shuttle buses are up to the likely increased traffic (or they finally build a monorail out there - was that ever a serious suggestion?)!

Source: https://instagram.com/stories/europ...urce=ig_story_item_share&utm_medium=copy_link
 

JoshC.

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It seems that Hollywood Tour at Phantasialand is no more, with the ride have safety signage no longer present, as well as it no being listed on the park's new map:

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/PHLInfos

The ride was closed for much of last year, with some sort of water damage believed to be the reason. The page for the ride still exists on the park's website, but you have to explicitly search for it, rather than just finding it on the website.

Whether this is truly the end, or just an extended closure whilst the park recover from Covid is of course unknown.

It does raise an interesting question of what happens next though. For the first time in basically a decade, the park aren't visibly working on any investment. There's long standing rumours that the next major investment will revitalise the China area of the park, but the Hollywood Tour / Crazy Bats building has also been spoken about before. If this is the end, do the park opt to focus on this area before China? And if so, how does that affect the dinner show which is also housed in that building?
 

Peet

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Sounds like the famous Schwarzkopf "Wiener Looping" (aka "Bullet") shuttle coaster is leaving Mexico and returning to Europe.

Ha wow, back to the park it first operated at back in 1982, like it's travelled the world and come home! I'd love to get this cred as I never rode it at Mingo but it's kind of legendary amongst the Yorkshire folk.
 

TilenB

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Sounds like the famous Schwarzkopf "Wiener Looping" (aka "Bullet") shuttle coaster is leaving Mexico and returning to Europe.

Hmm, I'm going to take this one with a grain of salt here. The article rcdb links doesn't seem to suggest that this is going to be a relocation and it also makes it sound that the ride is going to be a lot larger than I would imagine Bullet is. The only bit that connects the two is that the new ride is also going to be called Wiener Looping.

Also the fact that they plan to start construction in 3 months while Selva Magica still has Bullet on their website and features it heavily on their social media doesn't suggest that it's leaving the park in the middle of the Summer.

Yeah, let's wait and see, but it does sound like Prater could be getting their best coaster with this.


Sittler-Koidl is also planning a new ride. Namely the “Wiener Looping” - the largest and most spectacular roller coaster in Austria, which is to extend over several Prater parcels as well as over the public area. The entrepreneur tells the KURIER that he is fulfilling a lifelong dream with the project.

Depending on the permits, construction of the plant could begin in September at the earliest. The Prater operation will not be disturbed by the major project. Sittler-Koidl expects the mega roller coaster to open in early 2022.
 

TPoseOnTantrum

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The Prater ride is indeed a new bespoke coaster and not the excellent shuttle loop.

Excited to see this one go up.
What I find interesting about this is that Prater is practically multiple park units within itself; almost everything is owned by separate showmen companies and at least one ride manufacturer (correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe that Funtime runs the Starflyer). The only exception to this is the Wiener Riesnrad, the major ferris wheel from 1897, which is owned and operated by the park. Based on what is read in the article, this could likely be only the second attraction built and operating under park ownership. If the hype train doesn't already impress, then this factor would surely raise an eyebrow.
 
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