Europa-Park in Germany is celebrating the reopening of its popular family boat ride, Piraten in Batavia, which was destroyed in a fire back in May of 2018.
The attraction, which has been loved by guests since 1987, has reopened in the Dutch-themed area of the park after 24 months of construction, as reported by Blooloop.
The 8-minute family boat ride takes guests on an adventure to explore the exotic port city of Batavia, filled with more than 80 figures with delicate movements using the latest technology.
Riders will go on a wild chase through Indonesia with Bartholomeus van Robbemond and Diablo Cortez as they experience the elaborate and detailed ride scenes.
“We are very happy to be able to celebrate this memorable event today,” said Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park. “The fire and loss of the unique attraction had torn a deep hole in our hearts.”
“It is all the more wonderful that the ‘Piraten in Batavia’ are back at Europa-Park — now even bigger, more beautiful and more exciting,” added Mack.
Designed by Mack Rides, Piraten in Batavia has been recreated to be more beautiful and modern, while still maintaining its iconic scenes that guests love. Throughout construction and leading up to the ride’s reopening, Europa-Park even shared making-of videos that took fans behind the scenes on their YouTube channel:
In addition to the attraction, guests can dine in the Indonesian restaurant Bamboe Baai, which offers exotic dishes and views of Piraten in Batavia — a similar experience to that of Blue Bayou Restaurant and Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland park in the U.S.
There is also a preview center in the queue for the attraction, where guests can further immerse themselves in the story. Guests can also catch the short film “Departure for Batavia” three times a day in the 4D Magic Cinema.
Europa-Park reopened to guests on May 29 after a temporary closure due to COVID-19.
To learn more, visit EuropaPark.de/en.