I last visited Europa Park has opened a new gun game, interactive dark ride
in the Greek section of the park. When I went before this there were two
main dark rides. A Haunted Mansion style one and this on, the
Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates in Batavia ride.
As you can
see, they have almost directly lifted the ideas for two of Disney's dark
rides. If like me you've been on these rides at a Disney park there is a
good chance this will spoil some of the impact. I found this a big problem
on their Haunted Mansion ride, despite it being a good ride, I came away
feeling like I'd just done an inferior copy of Disney's ride, rather than
having just ridden a good ride.
Pirates in Batavia ride it's not such a problem. Although it has the same
idea, it feels different enough to be a ride with it's own character, not
just a Disney rip off. This is good news, as this deserves to be regarded as
a great dark ride. The models are of a good quality, and all the scenes are
of a large scale. This ensures you are always fully immersed in the
experience. It's a ride you could overlook with all the great coasters and
water rides at Europa Park, but this one should be on your to do list.