Germany's Europa Park will reopen to guests on May 29, as we begin to see the return of Europe's top theme parks.
The second most-attended park in Europe, after Disneyland Paris, Europa Park is reopening as Germany begins to lift stay-at-home restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Europa Park will begin its phased reopening with its hotel restaurants on May 18, followed by the theme park and hotel accommodations 11 days later.
Visitors will have to buy date-specific tickets, for which only a limited number will be available each day as the park reduces its capacity. Park shows, as well as the cinema, will not operate during the initial reopening period. And the park will require the use of masks covering the mouth and nose "in all covered areas, waiting areas of any kind, as well as during the use of rides."
Germany announced this week that it is beginning to lift its restrictions as the number of new cases and deaths have been declining in the country. Germany has seen more than 169,000 cases and more than 7,000 deaths, giving it a death rate of 88 persons per one million population - significantly lower than the 234 per million rate in the United States and 460 per million rate in the UK. But Germany will continue to require social distancing, enhanced sanitation, and the use of face masks indoors even as more businesses open.
Also in Germany, Legoland Deutschland has announced that it will reopen on May 30.
Elsewhere, Shanghai Disneyland will reopen on Monday, May 11. Walt Disney World's Disney Springs shopping and dining area returns May 20. And Indiana's Holiday World has announced that it will reopen on June 14. We will continue to update parks' reopening dates as they are announced.
For tickets to the German theme parks, please visit our international travel partner's Europa Park tickets and Legoland Deutschland tickets pages. For tickets to more theme parks in the United States and around the world, visit Theme Park Insider's theme park listings page.
Update: Efteling has announced that it will reopen on May 20, at a maximum of one-third of its capacity. Social distancing will be enforced between parties and the park will implement enhanced cleaning and sanitation.
It's interesting that Efteling published the news of its reopening only on its primary, Dutch-language website and has not included the news on its English-language website. Europa Park not only included the news on all of its sites, it also sent out a press release. Granted, international travel restrictions make it unlikely that either park will be welcoming any out-of-market visitors for some time, but it's interesting to see how the parks will be publicizing their returns.
Anyway, here is the link to our international travel partner's page for Efteling tickets.Tweet
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