No problem. The episodes are currently only in German with French subtitles sadly.
Hidden corners in the shady neighborhoods of Amsterdam and lively streets in the Indonesian colonial city of Batavia. In between, tropical landscapes with waterfalls, exotic animals and hidden temple ruins. Visitors to Europa-Park will soon be able to embark on this spectacular journey again. In summer 2020, the daring pirate Bartholomeus van Robbemond, along with his loyal companion, the sweet Otter Jopie, takes adventurous guests on his quest for the magical dagger from Batavia. There was a foretaste of the long-awaited attraction on a tour with Ulla Möll, the show producer of the "Pirates in Batavia".
Armed with heavy safety shoes, the construction helmet under my arm, I meet Ulla Möll at the entrance to the attraction "Pirates in Batavia", which is currently being resurrected in the Dutch themed area. The show producer leads me into the 3,800-square-meter hall, through which boats will again drive every day from this summer. During our tour, we move within the canal, which is modeled on the course of the original ride from 1987 - left and right are busy working.
At various points, the workers apply the so-called rockwork - a special technique for authentic-looking design of stones, masonry or even entire rock walls. A great gorge quickly emerges from a bare scaffold, which will later be the gateway to 18th-century Indonesia for visitors. For rockwork, Ulla Möll and her team rely on the experienced employees of the company "Universal Rocks", who have already worked on the periphery of the "blue fire Megacoaster" or on "Jim Knopf" in Europa-Park. The experts from "Universal Rocks" were also heavily involved in the design of Rulantica and at the "Krønasår" hotel.
The traditional company “Marko Putz-Stuck-Trockenbau GmbH” is responsible for the entrance area and the tavern.
“The tavern already looks incredibly beautiful and atmospheric,” says Ulla Möll. “There will also be a preview center for visitors here. The rooms already have the flair of a quaint pub where you could make all kinds of bizarre acquaintances. "
While the shell of the building can still be seen in other corners, the scenery of the port city of Batavia already looks as if the first guests could sail through the water channel tomorrow. The Dutch company "Jora Vision" has been producing the sets piece by piece in their Amsterdam factory halls since November 2019. At the end of January, site manager David Studer, art director Pascal Heinzelmann and show producer Ulla Möll were able to inspect the individual parts for the first time during a visit to Amsterdam. Immediately afterwards, construction on site in Rust began.
"The houses in Batavia are still a bit too fresh and well-behaved, a little bit of improvement is necessary here so that the facades age authentically."
Said and done. In the following days, the port city of Batavia received a little "patina" and immediately came to life. All those involved work with great dedication and attention to detail on the large-scale project, no corner is neglected. And one thing is already certain: Visitors to Europa-Park should already be clear about setting sail! Let's go to Batavia!
Robers Leuchten (did Klugheim's lanterns) have done work for Europa Park before so quite possibly.I have to say that rock work and interior detailing looks so good and cannot wait to ride, I don't suppose the light further up is the same company that made Phantasialand's lights for Taron/Raik? Do we have any idea on ride length at this time or what effects may be used?