Here at #ForPureAdventure we live and breath theme parks, from the little details that make up an immersive environment right through to the rides that leave our hearts pounding, we can’t help but talk about it!
Within the the theme park industry over the last few years we’ve seen a big push towards the inclusion of dark rides (indoor rides) in the world’s top parks. With that in mind, we’ll love to share with you our list of the best that Europe has to offer:
#10 Eurosat – Europa Park (Mack Rides)
Imagine if Disneyland’s Space Mountain & Epcot’s Spaceship Earth had a baby that was into rave parties; what would you get? Europa Park’s Eurosat! A fun ride at non-disney prices!
#9 Crush’s Coaster – Walt Disney Studios (Maurer Sohne)
A spinning dark coaster that takes you into the depths of the sea; hugely satisfying (if you can handle the infamous wait times).
#8 Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast – Disneyland Park (Sansei Yusoki/Arrow Development)
An interactive shoot-em-up game that pits you against your co-driver. Featuring the cast of toy story, this ride is a must.
#7 The Twighlight Zone Tower of Terror – Walt Disney Studios (Otis Elevator Comany)
A combination of some kick-ass theming and CGI that plays on people’s deathly fears of elevators. One heck of a memorable ride!
#6 Phantom Manor – Disneyland Park (Vekoma)
One of the darkest of Disney’s haunted mansion series, phantom manor features all the major highlights while delving deeper than many would dare.
#5 Fata Morgana (1001 Arabian Nights) – The Efteling (Intamin)
Like the Pirates of the Carebean jacked up on steriods, Fata Morgana is one impressively complex ride.
#4 De Vliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) – The Efteling (Kumbak)
Is it a water ride? Is it a dark ride? or is it a roller coaster? Could it be all three!? A clever ride with some killer effects!
#3 Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy – Walt Disney Studios
A trackless dark ride that combines beloved IP, 3D screens, oversized sets & motion simulators. This ride is cutting edge!
#2 Arthur – The Ride – Europa Park (Mack Rides)
Fabulously immersive, swooping inside, outside, from scene to scene this ride is quality from start to finish
#1 Droomvlucht (Dreamflight) – The Efteling
Incredibly lush and immersive, Efteling’s ride makes you feel like you’ve awoken from an incredible dream & takes our top spot!
Honorable Mentions: Columbus Dingy’s (Europa Park), Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland Park), Duel (Alton Towers), Vogel Rok (The Efteling)
Disappointments: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (Walt Disney Studios) – rough ride and Star Tours (Disneyland Park) – tired looking technology.
Inclusions: Our list is derrived from the following 7 european parks: Alton Towers (UK), Disneyland Park (France), The Efteling (The Netherlands), Europa Park (Germany), Parc Asterix (France), PortAventura (Spain), Walt Disney Studios (France). While some of the included rides go both inside and outside, the majority of the time spent on the ride must be inside for it to be considered.
Exceptions: Space Mountain 2 (Out for maintenance)
*Alton Towers (UK), Disneyland Park (France), The Efteling (Netherlands), Europa Park (Germany), Parc Asterix (France), PortAventura (Spain) & Walt Disney Studios (France)