Pirates in Batavia
|Pirates in Batavia|
Piraten in Batavia
The attraction entrance at Europa-Park
|Closing date||26 May 2018|
|Theme||Pirate raid on Jakarta|
|Drop||5 m (16 ft)|
|Length||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|Speed||2.9 km/h (1.8 mph)|
|Site area||3,800 m2 (41,000 sq ft)|
|Capacity||max. 2000 riders per hour|
|Riders per vehicle||16|
|Riders per row||4|
|Handicapped persons||Not suitable for handicapped persons, according to TÜV-restricitions|
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Pirates in Batavia (German Piraten in Batavia) was a water-dark ride at Europa-Park. The ride was built by Mack Rides in 1987 and was situated in a large hall at the Dutch themed area, which was designed as a typical Dutch clinker brick building from the outside.
The building of the ride was characterized with a banner labeled with "Piraten in Batavia" in golden letters and a Jolly Roger. The station was situated on the first floor. On their way to the station, visitors were introduced to the backstory, while learning about the history of the Dutch colonisation of Indonesia, shown in different animated scenes. Mural paintings showed the Java Sea region, including the maps of Sumatra, Borneo and Java.
At the station the visitors got on one of the boats, each with a capacity of 16 riders. The first scene showed a cave in the Indonesian jungle, which was inhabited by different animals and humans. After a wide bend, the boat went down a waterfall and passed through a battle scene, in which a pirate ship attacked a nearby fort. The scene was dominated by screaming pirates and gunfire. Through a break in the fortification wall, the boat arrived Batavia, which was full of marauding pirates. In the following scenes the visitor experienced how the pirates won over the native women, staving off their hunger by eating exotic animals and getting drunk. The ride carried on passing a hidden temple in the jungle, a burning fort, a fishermen's village and a jail.
Just before the end of the ride, the boats passed a show venue on the right, which was embedded into the setting, and the themed restaurant Bamboe Baai.
On 26 May 2018, Pirates in Batavia burned to the ground in a colossal fire that destroyed the main themed area of the Scandinavia portion of the park. The cause of the fire is unknown, but a fireball erupted in a storage hall and spread towards the ride building resulting in high flames and a smoke plume stretching for miles. At first, the area was evacuated, but this was later revised to include the whole park. The park re-opened on Sunday, albeit with the Scandinavia and Norwegian sections of the ride closed. Two attractions, the 'Fjord-Rafting' and the 'Dschungel-Floßfahrt' remained closed, as firefighters had used water from those attractions to battle the fire.