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Attraction of the week: Europa Park's Blue Fire

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Published: November 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Let's show some love this week to a roller coaster than many readers in the United States might not know. But it's got several of the features we like to see here on Theme Park Insider - not the least of which is that it looks like a really, really fun ride.

Our attraction of the week this week is Europa Park's Blue Fire, a 2009 launch coaster from Mack Rides. (For those of you not familiar with Europa Park, it's Mack Rides' home park and a showcase for its ride designs.)

Blue Fire
Photo courtesy Europa Park

Blue Fire opens with a short dark ride segment before getting to business with a 0-62 mph launch out from the ride's show building and up its initial, 125-foot hill. You'll pass through some rockwork before setting up for the ride's 105-foot loop. From there, you'll enjoy multiple inversions and airtime hills, including a twisted horseshoe roll that will look familiar to fans of Cedar Point's Maverick.

Blue Fire's sponsored by a natural gas company - thus the name. You're riding the "blue fire" of burning natural gas. So I can't give Blue Fire full credit for its short dark ride introduction - it's basically just a commercial for the sponsor. You see some natural gas workers, scientists, and a natural gas pocket, before you move up through the pipeline, where the pressure mounts and you burst through the wall - now all kinetic energy, flying through air. But it's nice to have that moment between loading and launch, allowing the tension and anticipation to build. And Blue Fire does one of the better jobs out there of providing fun visuals during the ride, with abundant decor and landscaping along its 3,465 feet of track. This ain't no roller coaster in a parking lot. (And let's give some due to that sponsorship money, shall we?)

Let's take a ride, courtesy the park's official on-ride POV video:

I've not visited Germany's Europa Park yet, but I'd love to take a ride on Blue Fire. If you've been on this coaster, please tell us your thoughts about it, in the comments.

Wanna waste some time looking at more great theme park videos and photos? Hit the archives and check out our past attractions of the week.

Readers' Opinions

From Chris S on November 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM
I went to Europa Park two years ago. Definitely worth a visit. Very comparable to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, in that it has an good assortment of thrill rides, decent theming, and beautiful grounds. It's also relatively close to picturesque areas of southwestern Germany, like Heidelberg and the German Weinstrasse (Wine Route) in Rheinland-Pfalz.

If I remember correctly, Blue Fire was the coaster that had sensors that riders could hold on to that measured their heart rate while they rode, which I had never seen on a coaster before. Psychologically, it made the coaster even more thrilling!

From James Rao on November 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM
Agreed, Robert, Blue Fire is a very good looking coaster. The dark ride portion is a nice touch, and the varied course seems exciting, yet smooth, and ultimately, quite fun. Europa Park is definitely on my bucket list....
From Dan Glynn on November 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM
Blue Fire is one of my 3 favourite coasters in the world. I'm big on a touch of theming mixed with a touch of thrill. I agree, the dark ride section of it only really builds the tension for the launch, but it still improves this ride. I'd love to ride it now that it intertwines with the Wodan wooden coaster that Europa Park has added. Good choice for attraction of the week!
From 94.142.37.16 on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 PM
rode it in July, excellent coaster. The whole park was great. This coming from a Disney/Universal Fan!

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