A new Star Trek roller coaster is closing in on completion at Movie Park Germany, and we’ve got an an “on ride” video preview for you.
Movie Park Germany’s Star Trek Coaster Nearing Completion
This spring, Movie Park in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany, will open up a new roller coaster called “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise,” making it the only amusement park in the world with a Star Trek-themed attraction. According to Movie Park, “Operation Enterprise” will will feature a 40-meter twisted halfpipe and be a “triple launch coaster,” meaning instead of starting with a single long incline, riders will be “launched at high speed three times.”
“Operation Enterprise” will be themed around an original story based on Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Starfleet’s enemy the Borg have the U.S.S. Enterprise locked in their tractor beam. The ship and its crew have been captured. The bridge of the Enterprise is deserted. The only hope of rescue is to send Starfleet cadets on a bold rescue mission. And this isn’t going to be easy. The Borg ship’s deflector shields will have to be breached so that its main systems can be destroyed. It’s the only way to save the crew of the Enterprise. Despite an incredible adrenaline rush, the cadets have to fully focus on the task at hand.
Construction for “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise” has been ongoing since last fall and work on the coaster itself is almost complete. They recently released an “on ride” video to show what the coaster experience will be like.
While Movie Park has shown us what the ride is like on the coaster itself, they haven’t yet shown much of the Star Trek experience you can expect inside the main building for the coaster, which will be called “Federation Plaza.” So far, the most Star Trek-ish thing that has been revealed are the coaster’s cars, sporting 24th century iconography such as the 1701-D ship registry of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Federation Plaza under construction
The “Federation Plaza” portion of the attraction is the current focus of construction and it promises to “bring the Starfleet Academy world to life,” and it will of course also include a Star Trek gift shop. Just yesterday Movie Park released more photos of construction on the area where cadets “will be trained for their rescue mission.”
— Movie Park Germany (@Movie_Park) March 15, 2017
And recording for original music for the attraction began a couple of weeks ago with the Budapest Philharmonic.
— Movie Park Germany (@Movie_Park) February 28, 2017
A Movie Park spokesperson tells TrekMovie they hope to revealing more of the Star Trek-themed components and some “surprises” soon, so we will be keeping an eye out for that. TrekMovie will provide more updates as “Operation Enterprise” gets close to launch. For more information visit the official website.
Update on Paramount Resort London
In 2014 the Paramount London Resort was announced as a new theme park to be built in the UK which would include a Star Trek attraction. Originally the plan was to open in 2020 but construction has yet to begin on the 3.5 billion pound resort and the open date has been moved to 2022. While Star Trek was originally part of the official announcement, a spokesperson for the resort tells TrekMovie that as of now they cannot confirm any specific attractions.
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