From Spongebob and Ice Age to Star Trek, Van Helsing and The Walking Dead – Movie Park Germany in Bottrop boasts a whole host of attractions aimed at immersing visitors in the world of the silver screen.
Perfect for adrenaline junkies
If phrases like “too fast” and “too high” are simply not in your vocabulary, then you probably won’t be disappointed by the range of high-octane attractions on offer at the Movie Park Germany. The repertoire of rollercoasters (which already includes “MS Express”, “Ghost Chasers” and “Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer”) was expanded to include the fast new “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise” ride in June 2017. In addition, the 40-metre high “Launch Coaster” features a twisted halfpipe which is unique in Europe. You can make a real splash on the log flume rides “Dora’s Big River Adventure” and “Bermuda Triangle”, go rafting on Mystery River, or come plunging back down to earth from 60 metres up on the “High Fall” free-fall tower. On the latter, the seats even tip forward to a 45° angle to ensure that you never lose sight of the fast-approaching ground! Horror fans shouldn’t miss out on the ghoulish delights of “Van Helsing’s Factory” and “The Walking Dead Breakout” horror house either.
“Backyardigans Mission to Mars” is much more moderate fun for all the family, while the “Avatar Air Glider” is a different take on the rollercoaster, in which visitors glide six metres above the ground on their bellies. Expect thrilling 4D action in “Ice Age – No Time for Nuts” and the dinosaur ride “The Lost Temple”. Meanwhile, the “Splat-o-Sphere” flying swing allows you to control your seat yourself some 30 metres up in the air, while “Stormy Cruise” recreates a perfect storm on the high seas for fearless visitors.
There is also plenty of fun to be had here for kids, too. On top of carousels like “Diego's Rescue Rider”, the “Pier Side Carousel” and “Sea Swing”, there’s also a memorable mini free-fall tower in the shape of “Wonder Pets Flyboat” which offers a short but smile-inducing four-metre drop. If you’re in need of cooling off, head over to the “Spongebob Splash Bash” water fight area or the “Pier Patrol-Jet Ski”, while budding young drivers will be in their element on the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” ride.
The numerous rides are perfectly complemented by a variety of shows here. Action-packed stunts and explosive chases are the order of the day at the Crazy Cops New York. The Movie Park Parade sees all the characters and actors in the Movie Park move through the Hollywood Street Se together, while the Highschool Superstar show is a real treat for music fans. If hunger strikes in the middle of all the fun, there are plenty of eateries to choose from, such as the Asia Wok, New York Grill, Hollywood Snacks and Western Ranch.
How to get there
By car: The Movie Park Germany is accessible via the A31. Take the Kirchhellen-Nord exit and follow signs for the park. Parking costs 6 €.
By public transport: Bus SB16 runs from Essen central station via Bottrop to the Movie Park, with buses stopping directly in front of the main entrance. Regional trains travel as far as Feldhausen station which is just 400 metres on foot from the park.