We have visited Europa Park a couple of times, and have come up with some key Europa Park tips to help you maximize your time- especially if you have young kiddos. These Europa Park tips are ideal to help you fully enjoy the amusement park.
Honestly, compared to other theme parks I have been to, I felt that the prices were fairly reasonable. My husband and I were also fairly surprised with the quality of food, it was much tastier than we had expected, especially for a theme park. There is a wide variety of restaurants offering food from different countries in Europe, set up similarly to Disney’s Epcot.
There were also many food stands, which offered a quick snack or small meal.
We loved the foodloop restaurant! It is a lot of fun, and if you have the opportunity, I would recommend it! It’s a great source of entertainment for the kids. The line can appear long, so I would absolutely recommend utilizing the ques. In our experience, the line moved fairly fast. It really is worth it for the unique experience.
I would also recommend bringing snacks, and even a packed lunch if you want to save a little bit of money. We always have a variety of snacks available for my toddler.
Water could be a bit pricey and can definitely add up. We didn’t see any refill stations. I would suggest bringing a large water bottle per person if you want to save a little bit of money.
Come up with a game plan and even a possible itinerary.
My husband and I did have a difficult time understanding all of the signs listing the ride requirements. We did stand in a couple lines that my son didn’t meet the qualifications for. Thankfully the lines were never too long. To avoid being in this situation, I suggest researching ahead of time the height requirements needed for the rides you plan on taking your little ones on.
Have them marked out on a map.
I would also advise to use this itinerary as a rough guide. Don’t stress over following it exactly. The entire idea is to help make your day easier, and to enjoy the day at its fullest. Flexibility is key!
Research shows and movie times. This will be a great break in the day!
Look at the weather
Plan for the weather, and dress appropriately. If you’re going in the summer I would suggest bringing a swimsuit and easy to dry clothes. Consider bringing hats, especially for your little ones. Condsider adding these items to your things to take to an amusement park list!
Obviously it’s hard to predict the weather, but researching and preparing for the weather can help you maximize enjoyment at Europa Park.
Download the app for an easy to follow Europa Park guide.
If you prefefer the paper Europa Park guide, pick up a map towards the entrance. The maps are very easy to read, but I had only found them right at the entrance.
Take a break from the rides
Check out the playgrounds! Europa Park really does have something for kids of all ages.
This was a great break from the rides
They had a variety of small playgrounds, both indoor and outdoor that my little one loved. I do have to admit, there is one playground that is primarily slides. One slide in particular was extremely steep and fast. I found it odd that there was no one monitoring the slide. No other parents seemed concerned. Kids were having a blast, and it was a great opportunity for parents to sit on the benches and relax for a bit.
On a side note- During my time of living in Germany, I have seen many of these long steep slides in playgrounds!
Research ahead for shows and special events
Europa Park offers many special shows and events, especially over holiday seasons. Check out their website for the full schedule.
Plan for naps
If you have little ones, you understand how important a nap is! If staying at a hotel on the resort it can be quite easy to make a midday break for nap time.
However, if you are spending all day at the park, be conscious of nap time. My little one doesn’t nap very well on the go. In situations like these, he naps best while being in the carrier.
I would suggest you have a plan for whatever works best for you and your little one, and be prepared to act on it when the time comes. Theme parks can be exhausting, even if your child doesn’t take naps, they may need one at some point.
The parking for Europa Park was actually very reasonable compared to many theme parks we have been to. You self park, and then purchase the ticket at a kiosk. Parking is 8 Euro. If you think you can keep track of the ticket, go ahead and purchase it when you enter to skip the line at the end of the day. The kiosk is right at the entrance of the park.
I always recommend taking a photo of your parking spot and aisle.
I would suggest getting there when the park opens, this allows you to maximize the entire day. According to Europa Park’s website, they open at 9:00am during the summer season, and 11am over the winter season.
Consider bringing a stroller and/or carrier
These are great options for the toddler and storage. We have visited Europa Park with both a stroller and a carrier, and I couldn’t encourage you more to include these Europa Park tips into your packing list.
The stroller I would highly recommend, even if your little one doesn’t use a stroller anymore. It can be great for carrying all of your things, and allowing you rlittle one to nap or rest. Keep in mind, theme parks can be exhausting for little ones, sometimes they just need to get off their feet.
There are many stations set aside for strollers to be parked, and we had no issues leaving it unattended.
The carrier didn’t offer the storage capabilities of the stroller, but it did allow my little one to take a much needed nap.
Check availability ahead of time
During the high season- check availability. The month of August is a holiday for many Europeans. I suggest you figure out your available dates, and go ahead and book it in advance. Consider your sleeping arrangements, and book ahead of time as well.
Buying the tickets online through the app does save a little bit of money. The website itself I found just a little complicated to maneuver. In fact, it took three attempts to get everything right. The person at the kiosk encouraged us to purchase the ticket online right at the desk.
We loved the monorail. It was a nice way to see the park. Its many stopping points were great to access different areas while taking a break from walking. My son loved it, so we treated it as a ride, and would stay on it for a few rotations. We really didn’t have to wait in any lines.
Europa Park fast pass
We really didn’t see much of a benefit with the Europa Park fast pass virtual line the few times we were there (Novemer and December months). Maybe during the high season such as summer it could really be beneficial. The one ride we used it on, it only cut out a little bit of time. The fast pass works by a designated time, and you just select for the time you would like for a particular ride. I suggest if you’re going over the high season, when you start researching the rides and planning ahead, consider the virtual line cues.
Toddler friendly rides
Honestly, in my experience- as far as amusement parks for toddlers, Europa Park was fantastic. There were so many toddler friendly rides, playgrounds, and shows. Riding on rides with a toddler is an entirely different experience. Instead of enjoying a fast entertaining ride for yourself, you are enjoying the kiddie rides through the joy of your little one!
Enjoying adult rides with a toddler
Utilize the baby swap! We primarily focused on rides for my toddler, but did take advantage of the baby swap for one ride. It really was fantastic! I stood in line, while my husband took our toddler to a nearby playground. When you get in line, speak to the attendant and let them know. She gave me a little piece of paper. All my husband needed to do was to take that sheet of paper to the exit of the ride, and he was able to hop right on.
Single rider line is also another option. The single rider line tends to be shorter than the regular line, but means you will be added in to fill in a row.
Plan and expect meltdowns from your toddler. These are long days, and can often be quite exhausting. The overstimulation, temperature, out of routine, and exhaustion can all take its toll. My advice is to be as prepared as you possibly can.
Some of the items we brought with us were snacks, and his favorite lovey (we don’t go anywhere without it). I would absolutely recommend including it in your packing list for toddlers. Be sure to include the items you would normally have with you in your diaper bag.
Explore the area around Europa Park
Unfortunately we have yet to explore the area of Strasbourg France, but it is absolutely on my bucket list! If you’re going to be in the area, and have another day or two, consider checking out the city.
Additional facts for Europa Park:
How to get there:
https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Europa-Park/Strasbourg is a great site for purchasing tickets! From Strasbourg France:
- 1 hour via bus and car
- about 1 hr 45 minutes with the train
Strasbourg 32km away
Next closest airport is Karlsruhe/Baden Baden 63km
Current prices here: Current prices here. There are also some Europa Park discount tickets available.
Europa Park: A theme park for toddlers
My experience with a toddler
I can’t say enough positive things about this experience. My husband, son and I have been there a couple of times, and we absolutely loved it.
A few positives
There is not a merchandise store at the end of every ride! You don’t realize how much of a headache these little gift shops are until you have a toddler begging for a gift at the end of every ride. It was such a relief that Europa Park didn’t have these strategically set up to taunt young kids.
Easy to navigate
Plenty of options for food
There was only one park
Meaning you only had to pay for one park ticket ( not including Rulantica water park).
How does it compare to other theme parks
Prior to entering the park, I had an expectation that Disney was the absolute best. Because- who could really top Disney? Europa Park was incredible. My husband and I enjoyed it far more than we had expected. And the experience with a toddler was fantstic. We are planning on making a few more trips- so I will keep you posted with any updates! I hope that my Europa Park tips will help you enjoy this incredible theme park!
I would love to hear any feedback from you! Have you been to Europa Park- Do you have any additional tips you would like to add? Thanks, I love hearing back from my readers!