We took a theme park detour on our European holiday, spending a single day at EuropaPark, which is located in southern Germany on the border with France.
The comparisons with Disneyland are many — different lands (in this case, countries of Europe) each with unique design and attractions that fit, more or less, into the theme. The mascot is a mouse (Euromouse), and there are roller coasters, shows, kiddie rides, etc.
It was another hot day and we had a great time. Heidi and I braved the biggest two roller coasters, and we all enjoyed the rest of the park, fitting in as much as we could from opening at 9am to closing at 8pm.
Rachel noted how EuropaPark has a different vibe to Disneyland, in that this place is espousing the values of the European community. It’s still show business, but it comes across a little more genuine and authentic, in comparison with Disney which exports American commercialism and excess. It helped, for example, that you didn’t feel gouged with the price of food at EuropaPark.
So it was a fun day out; a significant departure from the class of Venice or the sights of Switzerland. Now we’re off to Prague on the night train for three days there before heading home.