And so we reach the 6th installment of my Europa Park coaster reviews! This review follows on from my reviews on Euro Mir, Poseidon, Silver Star, Matterhorn Blitz and Eurosat.
Status: Opened March 2005
Make: Mack SuperSplash
Speed: 50 mph
'Atlantica Super Splash' was opened in March 2005 as the parks first new rollercoaster since 2002's 'Silver Star'. The rides name was chosen through a visitor poll of three titles: Atlantica (77%), Navigato (16%) and Aquaypse (7%). It became the first Mack Super Splash to feature a backwards section and turntables. It cost Europa Park £4million and became the first ride in the parks new land 'Portugal'. This ride is vastly different to the parks water coaster 'Poseidon' in that Atlantica features only two drops, goes higher and faster and seats 16.
Atlantica is themed impeccably well. As you arrive into Portugal, you notice that Atlantica is the only ride (more rides will be built in Portugal either in 2007 or 2008). It dominates the sky-ride and the enormous 16-seater boats thunder down the 100' drop and into the deep blue pool below. You see geysers shooting out of the water at erratic intervals, to catch out passing riders and guests.
The new entrance for Atlantica takes the form of a fabulous sailing ship entitled the 'Santa Marian'. This opened in 2006 following theming works over the 2005/6 closed season. Take a trip around the Santa Marian, looking at the amazing attention to detail and fantastic woodwork. As you make your way into the Portugese ruin, you will pass over the station and continue down some themed corridors (inside the building) before you are outside again. You make your way down the side of the building, before going down some stairs and into the station area. You notice how great the theming looks - you could quite easily be by the sea! When you choose your row, the barrier will open and you will sit down before the bars are lowered and you begin to move forward and out of the Portugese castle.
The boat begins to turn towards the sky - and you rise at a very steep angle. The boat continues to rise and rise - to the maximum point of 100' (it is high!). As you curve out at the top, the chain lift slows dramatically, making you concerned for a brief moment before the music blasts out of the speakers which are attached to the track! The car then comes to a stop before you begin to revolve through 90 degrees, but you notice you are going the wrong way. You are now facing a no-go direction, where there is no track. The boat then suddenly begins to move backwards and you begin gaining speed rapidly through a dip before going up again to the other side. Your stomach will feel funny at this point - i warn every potential rider! The boat will then stop again before turning through 90 degrees again and facing the big, 100' drop! The car begins to move forwards and suddenly you find yourself doing 50mph down a steep angle, over a bunny hop, under a themed ship mast before SPLASH you are down! Some people will get wet, some will not. It's all great fun! In your excitement, you must not forget to keep an eye out for geysers which are there to get you wet - and will get you wet! The boat floats gently around the bay and as you head back into the station, a TV monitor shows the entire boat's photograph, which you can later buy. As you leave the boat and make your way out into the Portugal themed area, you have experienced a Mack Super Splash, which, in my opinion, beats the likes of Tidal Wave hands down as it provides a much fuller, richer ride experience and is able to do more things. Also, you don't get too wet in most of the seats.
SO overall, I personally prefer Poseidon as it's longer and more coaster-y, but for a Super Splash, Atlantica certainly fits the bill. On a hot day, this ride is wonderful and just the ticket! The theming is, as we have come to expect, superb and the drop and bunny hop are moments of great fun! Another great job from Europa Park!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this review!
On-Ride POV (zip file): http://www.epfans.com/attraktionen/atla ... antica.zip
Off-Ride:http://www.epfans.com/attraktionen/atla ... antica.wmv
Queue 2005 (now there is a giant boat there instead):http://www.rcdb.com/ig2928.htm?picture=19
Official opening (chairman of MACK rides in the front row):http://www.rcdb.com/ig2928.htm?picture=11
Just 3 coaster reviews left now: Alpenexpress, Schweizer Bob Bahn coming soon and I will review Pegasus at the end of June once I have ridden it!