'Pirates in Batavia' Returns at Europa Park

July 28, 2020, 12:46 PM · Germany's Europa Park today opened its new Pirates in Batavia ride, replacing the former version that was destroyed in a 2018 fire.

The eight-minute indoor boat ride features more than 80 animatronic figures, including eight from the original attraction. The story follows Bartholomeus van Robbemond, who is looking for a magical map to help his search for the Fire Tiger, a magical dagger. But his ship has wrecked in a storm, and now he's in a chase with rival Diablo Cortez through Indonesia.

Of course, it didn't take long for the POV videos to hit YouTube:

"We are very happy to be able to celebrate this memorable event today," Europa Park owner Roland Mack said. "The fire and the loss of the unique attraction had torn a deep hole in our hearts. It is all the more wonderful that the 'Pirates in Batavia' are back at Europa-Park - now even bigger, more beautiful and more exciting."

On the Pirates in Batavia ride
Members of the Mack family and special guests take the first ride. Photo courtesy Europa Park.

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Replies (3)

July 28, 2020 at 1:58 PM

I'm more struck by how close all those folks are on the boat, a reminder how Germany handled the pandemic much better than other nations (not just U.S. but across Europe) so they can just have some masks yet not as strict.

July 28, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Plus, I think like half the boat is just the Mack family.

July 29, 2020 at 5:25 AM

I really hope it's finally not a scene-by-scene copy of Disney's pirates ride anymore ;)

Regarding the crowded boat: They clearly blew this photo opportunity... wow. Otherwise, the park's rules are mostly similar to those of Disney and Universal. From what I've heard from people that have vitited the park, people seem to strictly follow the rules

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