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Europe in the Air

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 3 out of 10

Minimum height to ride: 42 inches

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New for 2010, this simulator ride replaces Corkscrew Hill and features, as the name implies, a high-definition aerial tour of Europe's top landmarks.


It is smooth and the video has some okay (nicest way of saying generic) shots (oh, and the transitions from scene to scene are absolute cop-outs (flying into a cloud and magically popping out over a new location? REALLY?)!). The simulator is smooth, but it was otherwise terrible. Soarin' was way more amusing. This ride is worth going on only for cooling. Even so, if you should choose to board this ride, please go in the morning. Otherwise, you are going to be absolutely disappointed and wasting time.
Corkscrew Hill was actually really quite fun. This ride, however, is not. It is apparent they wasted no money in trying to retheme this ride to Sourin' style. They hardly rethemed it at all! Busch Gardens Williamsburg, please please PLEASE make this ride into Corkscrew Hill again!
Easily the worst simualtor i have ever been on. Yes it is a knock off of Soarin but thats just half of it. It makes Soarin look like perfection! The ride was very jerky giving me motion sickness (which has never happened before) and the movie sucked! The video was so poorly captured and had no cohesion. Dont get me started on the themeing. If this ride had a better movie and better movements it would be imporved, but it still couldnt save it.
Not the greatest simulator ride in the world. Editing was weak. A nice place to cool off in the heat.
While I enjoyed the ride, the theme seemed out of place and and the ride show room was terribly themed. A second rate Soarin'. 7/10.
I thought they could have edited some of the transitions better and could have had some more compelling video. It was OK overall, but this was the only ride in the park that gave me motion sickness. It's a ride that doesn't make you crave a second time.
What is the purpose here? No story, no 3-D or special effects, just a video tour of sites you can see online or on the travel channel. I could climb into a commercial dryer for two bucks and get the same ride experienced. Though in need of updated animation and effects, Corkscrew on it's worst day was an Academy Award winner compared to this fraud.
What's with all the negative hype about this ride? Who cares if it's a "knockoff" of Soarin'? This is a fun ride. I was surprised by the range of the simulator; I wasn't expecting it to go that steep. Good if a walk-on, not so great if there is a line exceeding 45 minutes.

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