You tried your best to avoid large crowds, but what if you have no other choice than visiting Europa Park on a popular holiday? Here are 5 recommendations that help you make the best out of a packed day at Europa Park.

 
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Start The Day Early & Informed

Be there when the park opens. Not only will this save you time for parking and standing in line to buy a ticket, it will also give you a head start at the rides before the tour bus crowds arrive. During the summer peak season, the large crowds will come around 10am and during the off-season around 10:30am.
When the gates open, resist the urge to run to the back of the park. Too many visitors think they can outrun the crowds to the new rides. Bad idea! Europa Park lets its hotel guests enter the park 30 minutes earlier than day visitors, by the time you reach Arthur, Woodan, there are already people waiting in line (generally speaking – running may sometimes still work).

Top Buzz Tips just after the park gates open

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France
SilverStar  &  EuroSat
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Switzerland
Swiss Bobsled
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Greece
Posseidon & Pegasus
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Russia
EuroMir
 

Know the waiting times

Know how long the waiting times are for every large ride you go on. There is a sign at the ride’s entrance with the current waiting time. In addition to this, Europa Park also has an app for both iPhone and Android that shows waiting times. Use this before walking to any ride, and you might end up saving 10 minutes walking time per ride. Contrary to many American parks, waiting times of 90+ minutes are too much at Europa Park (except for the newest rides)! Even if you see a waiting time of 2 hours while standing at the BlueFire entrance, it’s worth to go on a couple of other rides and come back. This may not get you on all popular rides on a packed day, but it will allow you to make the most of your time. NoteThe app only works in the park. You won’t be able to check how long the lines are before you actually get there.  

Have a “Smart” Eating Time and Place

Come 11:30am, the masses want to eat. The restaurants fill up and the waiting lines at the rides lessen. Don’t miss this opportunity! Either eat lunch at 10:30am or after 1:30pm. When you see the crowds in restaurants on packed days, you will be glad you moved your lunch break!
 
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If you must eat during lunch hour, go against the flow. The crowds love eating in Italy, France, Greece, and England. However, as great as an Italian pizza or the restaurant FoodLoop is, save time by eating in Scandinavia, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, and Germany. If you’re there, find first some free seats before you get your lunch! Hidden gems are:
1. the second floor at im Vogthaus (Germany),
2. the second floor of the right building at Biergarten (Germany),
3, Colonial House with Crocodile Bar (Adventureland), and 4. the indoor area of the Bamboe Baai restaurant (Holland).
If you bring your own food, remember, that even though Europa Park offers many picnic lunch areas these will also fill up fast on packed days!  

Look for “Hidden” Rides

The large and well-advertized rides draw large crowds. On packed days, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the rides many people forget about such as:
Oldtimer-Fahrt (Germany) » Elfenfahrt (Germany) » Hunted Mansion (Italy) » Marionetten-Bootsfahrt (France) » Universum der Energie (France) » Abenteuer Atlantis (Greece)
» small monorail (England/Island) » Queen’s Diamonds (England) » Piraten in Batavia (Holland) » Vindjammer (Skandinavia) » Alpenexpress (Austria)
» Dschungelflossfahrt (Abenteuerland) » African Queen (Abenteuerland) » Kolumbusjolle (Spain) » Feria Swing (Spain)
 

Adjust Your Evening Schedule

Europa Park adjusts its closing time daily. Around 2pm, they decide how long the park’s going to be open for on that day. Look for closing times posted at rides (usually in the ride’s entry/exit station), check the Europa Park App, or ask a park employee. This is essential if you want to use your evening time to the max! Most tour buses leave around 5pm and many who live far away don’t want to stay too long either. This is your opportunity! Check out the waiting times on the Europa Park App and head to the best rides. Be aware that people leaving the park tend to hop on the rides towards the exit for their last ride of the day… Many attractions let people already standing in line board the ride – even past the official closing time. Restaurants and food stands are open up to 11pm. Just because the official closing time has passed, you don’t need to leave immediately! Enjoy an ice cream or Italian waffle with whipped cream in the castle park before you exit Europa Park.  

Your experience?

What are your tips and hints for a packed day at Europa Park? We love hearing from you. Please send us a Buzz below! Pictures used with permission by Europa Park / title picture by Jérémy Jännick

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