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Europa-Park re-opens Pirates in Batvia P

irates in Batavia, re-opened at Europa-

Park on 28 July. The highly themed boat ride premiered at the German amusement

park in 1987 and enjoyed a successful run until it was destroyed by a fire in May 2018. Now, following significant investment and 24 months of construction it is back, even more beautiful and modern, without losing any of the much-loved scenes and with the route corresponding exactly to the original track. On the morning of its re-opening, owner Roland

Mack, said: “We are very pleased to be able to celebrate this memorable event today. The fire and the loss of the unique attraction had ripped a deep hole in our hearts. All the more beautiful is the fact that the “pirates in Batavia” are back at home in Europa-Park – now even more beautiful, bigger and more exciting.” In 18 boats, 16 passengers can go on an

adventurous journey with Bartholomeus van Robbemond. More than 100 figures with state-of- the-art technology and filigree movements bring to life of an Indonesian colony with countless pirates to the Dutch theme area of Germany’s largest amusement park.

The Indonesian restaurant “Bamboe Baai” is also

attracting visitors with exotic dishes and the best view of the lovingly implemented family attraction. “In the middle of the restaurant, artists convince with artistic excellence. Here, cuisine, ride and show merge into an inimitable overall concept that

is unparalleled,“ said Mack. At Magic Cinema 4D, the short film “Awakening

to Batavia” runs three times a day and in the ice arena visitors can follow the pirates into the Indonesian jungle.

Lars Lenders to lead S&S European sales

Lars Lenders has been appointed by S&S–Sansei Technologies as European director of sales handling the EMEA region. Lars is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Having extensive experience in the leisure

Puy du Fou declared top amusement park in Europe

France’s Puy du Fou has once again made its mark in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2020, Best Amusement Parks category. The annual awards are determined by the reviews and ratings of visitors. The Park has been declared the no. 1

amusement park in France, and also retained its title of the leading amusement park in Europe for the third year running. Worldwide, it has jumped from fifth position in 2019 to the no. 2 slot, ahead of numerous American heavyweights in the entertainment industry.


industry, the last 10 years of his career at ProSlide, Lars joins S&S with a great deal of optimism and excitement. “I am so happy to be part of the S&S team,” he said. “Adding a presence in Europe will help our company grow. I am very fortunate to be that presence. S&S has a great reputation throughout the globe. I am excited to help them bring their unique coaster offerings to the amazing parks we have all over Europe.” “We are very lucky to have Lars join our team,”

said Josh Hays, executive director of Sales & Marketing for S&S. “We have never had European- based representation and we believe this will help us be more competitive in Europe. Lars’s experience and professionalism make him the perfect person to join S&S.”

Lars began his career

with the development of amusement parks approximately 20 years ago. Lars’ high-energy has been led to many success stories around the globe. In addition to park development, he has worked on indoor snow dome developments across the world. Lars’ talents led him into the Water Park business, first with Van Egdom, then with ProSlide Technology. He returns to his “roots” with traditional theme park work. He will be responsible for building and establishing a true presence for S&S in the region. Of course, COVID-19 poses extra challenges but the leisure industry has a long history of rebounding after downturns. Lars added, “What is this industry known for? Creativity! I am excited to combine the creative minds of S&S and the best parks in the world to create exciting attractions that help return our industry to prosperity.”


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