Two theme parks in Germany are reopening, starting the new season on May 29. Movie Park Germany and Erlebnispark Tripsdrill will both reopen on the same date with stringent hygiene and safety precautions in place.

To ensure a safe environment for staff and guests, Movie Park Germany, the largest movie and amusement park in Germany, has been intensely preparing for reopening with authorities and has taken the appropriate health and safety measures.

These measures include the obligatory wearing of a protective mask covering the mouth and nose in all roofed areas, the entrance to the park, and indoor and outdoor waiting areas.

Social distance markers will be placed appropriately around the park, as well as additional information signs about hygiene and safety. Contact technology is also offered at the park and all employees have been sensitised to COVID-19, having received training about a safe reopening of the park.

Thorsten Backhaus, Movie Park Germany’s managing director, said: “The health and safety of our guests and employees continues to have top priority. Therefore, it is our greatest endeavor to prepare the park opening with the utmost care. We are now pleased to announce an opening date for the season: 29 May 2020.”

Erlebnispark Tripsdrill wildlife and theme park near Cleebronn in southern Germany is also reopening on May 29 with the necessary health and safety measures in place. Overnight stays at the Nature Resort were made available from May 18. To avoid waiting times at the entrance, the park recommends that tickets are purchased online.



The film and TV show-themed Movie Park Germany has announced some new attractions and features to mark the beginning of their 2020 season. Guests can look forward to two new rides and an interactive laser walkthrough, with the theme park also investing heavily in new infrastructure and catering facilities.

The first new ride will open to visitors during the spring and will be themed around the puppy rescue team from the popular Nickelodeon TV series PAW Patrol. The new ‘Skye’s High Flyer’ ride takes all members of the family on an exciting flying adventure in the Adventure Bay area of the park. It becomes the third PAW Patrol attraction at the park, with the former Team Umizoomi ride receiving a PAW Patrol makeover as well.

Another ride undergoing a makeover is the MPXpress in the Old West area, which will be rebranded  as ‘Lucky Luke – The Ride: The Daltons Break Out’. Movie Park Germany’s marketing director, Manuel Prossotowicz, said: “We have won a strong family license and will redesign the MPXpress with a new storyline around the famous comic and movie character Lucky Luke and give it a fresh coat of paint.”

There will also be a new interactive laser walkthrough in the Studio 7 area, featuring six different scenes where guests equipped with laser weapons become ghost hunters to conquer evil powers and solve a mystery.

Movie Park Germany’s 2020 season opens on March 27, with the rebranded Lucky Luke ride set to open during the summer.



Movie Park Germany has announced a successful 2019 season, ending the year with an increase in visitor numbers of 7% compared to 2018. PAW Patrol, Area 51 – Top Secret and Halloween Horror Festival, have played their part in attracting guests to the theme park throughout the 2019 season.

As Thorsten Backhaus, Movie Park Germany’s managing director, commented: “We are pleased about this positive development. This year, we presented our visitors with several new attractions that were very well received. With the new PAW Patrol ‘Adventure Bay’ area, we were able to draw the attention of numerous families with children to Movie Park Germany and address our target group even better.

“With the redesign of ‘Area 51 – Top Secret’, we were also able to convince guests and to expand our quality strategy,” Backhaus added.

The PAW Patrol themed area “Adventure Bay” opened at the park in May 2019, giving families the opportunity to journey into fantasy lands based on the Paw Patrol series.

“Area 51 – Top Secret” opened in the summer of 2019, and the park also underwent a redesign of its popular family attraction “Bermuda Triangle,” whereby guests are involved in a new storyline centred on the famous restricted US military area near Groom Lake in the Nevada desert.

The favourable weather also helped pull in the visitors, as Backhaus noted: “In addition to new attractions, this year’s weather was also very favorable – both the good weather at Easter and a summer without a big heat wave.

“The developments of our tour operator Movie Park Holidays are also very pleasing. Numerous visitors have taken the opportunity to spend two days in the park. We were able to further intensify the good cooperation with more than 50 partner hotels,” he added.

The park’s 21st Halloween Horror Festival was another success story. As the event’s project manager Manuel Prossotowicz explained: “We are very satisfied with the Halloween Horror Festival 2019, and the ideas that our team implemented this year. We are especially proud of the new horror attraction ‘Project Ningyo’. The horror house was really well received by visitors. The extension of our Halloween days paid off so we will again offer 23 event days next year.”

Movie Park Germany will reopen on March 27, 2020, with new attractions, highlights and surprises.



Celebrating its 21st birthday, Movie Park Germany is to host a party designed to make visitors’ hair stand on end, the Halloween Horror Festival 2019.

The festival is to comprise of 23 days of horror highlights, including 4D film, a new horror house, a closing show and other creepy Halloween surprises.

More than 280 monsters and other scary creatures will ascend on Germany’s largest film and amusement park when the full moon rises above Horrorwood Studios.

DJ Max Bering will be present at this year’s show, mixing tunes designed to get guests in the party mood in the suitably themed ‘scare zone.’

Adding further intrigue to the horror festival is Stephan Nölle, who will, once again, present his hypnosis show three times a day.

The finale of the Halloween Horror Festival will be special closing show where the park will be transformed into a festival stage of horror.

Thorsten Backhaus, Movie Park Germany’s managing director, spoke of the forthcoming event.

“This year, Movie Park Germany has once again pursued the goal to present visitors with the creepiest festival in the world. For our 21st birthday, we not only have more Halloween event days than ever before in our portfolio, but also a redesigned maze that will frighten our guests.

“We have transformed the former ‘Deathpital’ into the new ‘Project Ningyo’ horror house after detailed renovation work and are looking forward to our visitors’ reactions,” Backhaus added.

The festival will run for 23 days, from October 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 and November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10.



Visitors to Movie Park Germany will be able to experience the secrets of an alien laboratory in a top-secret US government base in the park’s redesigned water attraction, ‘Area 51 – Top Secret.’

Boasting a redesigned story, the attraction takes visitors directly to Groom Lake in the Nevada desert, home of the famous restricted US military base.

Germany’s largest film and amusement park has given its popular family attraction a boost with the thematisation of the former ‘Bermuda Triangle’ water ride.

The revamped attraction features a new preshow, new music, numerous effects, refreshments, and detailed theming, promising to bring memorable fun to alien and UFO enthusiasts.

Thorsten Backhaus, managing director at Movie Park Germany spoke of the opening of the highly awaited reworked water attraction.

“With today’s opening of ‘Area 51 – Top Secret’ we are presenting all our visitors with another season highlight. This attraction has been one of the most popular rides since the Park’s beginnings. We are thus particularly fond of this project, and the ride’s refurbishment is an essential part of our quality strategy.

“We are proud of the result and look forward to taking our visitors on a new exciting journey to one of the most mysterious places in the world,” Backhaus added.

This unique water ride spans an area of more than 4,000 square metres. It is a combination of a water ride and dark ride.

The concept behind the ride came from Movie Park Germany’s own creative department and was developed in close cooperation with the IMAmedia team.