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Movie Park Germany

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:17 am

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2013 - Park Improvements - Rumor - (4/25/12) ParksTrip.FR reports that Movie Park Germany has announced some changes on the way over the next couple of years. In 2013 there will be a renovation to the Ice Age Adventure and two Nickland area attractions. The Crazy Action Stunt Show will also undergo a complete overhaul for 2013.


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2014 and Beyond - New Coaster - Rumor - (4/25/12) ParkTrip.FR reports that a new roller coaster will be added to the park for 2014. Future expansions beyond this will see a renovation to the Mystery River ride as well as construction of an official hotel resort.


Excellent news! Really great to see that this once-forgotten park seems to be determined to continue its climb back to the top that it's begun with Van Helsing's Factory.

The Ice Age Adventure ride was one of their weaker dark rides, especially the animatronics, so really glad to see that get some love.

This new rollercoaster also sounds very exciting. When I left the park, I didn't imagine I'd return for many years, although I had a pleasant day there, but if they build a new coaster as good as/better than VHF, then it'll be worth the return trip! I love seeing a park on the way up.

But do they really need a hotel?  :?
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:22 am

Hotel might well help bring in the punters from abroad in a way, especially being relatively close to the border of Holland...

Lots of German additions for 2014 it seems...
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:48 pm

Brilliant! Movie Park could really go places!

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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:49 pm

For some reason, I hope they get another small indoor coaster, like VHF. I'd love them to start building up a collection of small but perfectly-formed indoor coasters, each one different in some way, like a box of posh chocolates. :)
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:01 pm

A launch ride of some sort, perhaps a Gerst, would work well.

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Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:01 pm

They need a stand out well themed B&M, preferably replacing their Slurc
 
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:15 pm

I really doubt they can afford a B&M. Especially with the amount of other stuff they want to do, and build a hotel.

I agree though, the SLC needs ripping out. Keep Bandit as it isn't that bad and is well-themed, but that SLC can burn in hell.
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:31 pm

Bandit not that bad?

Did we ride the same ride :D
 
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:56 pm

Is the SLC worse than most?
 
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:02 am

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Is the SLC worse than most?


I thought so, yes. But others said it's a lot better than Limit.

It's also one of the ugliest:

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Bandit not that bad?

Did we ride the same ride :D


I had a soft spot for Bandit! The theming was fine. Not amazing, but it's certainly not a bad looking coaster.

As a ride experience, it's nothing to write home about, but it wasn't un-enjoyable, like MP-Express. It was reasonably fun, if a little rough. :)
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:44 am

Bandit was horrific but it does have a certain charm about it.

As for the stunt show, I'm pleased that it's being changed. We tried to watch it a few weeks ago, we ended up walking out after 10 minutes. The stunts were brilliant but they only occured every 10/15 mins with lots of terrible acting inbetween.

I do love Movie Park on the whole though, I Can't wait to see these future developments take shape.
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Tue May 29, 2012 1:27 pm

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2014 and Beyond - New Coaster - Rumor - (5/29/12) According to this website, Movie Park Germany is planning a 45 meter tall roller coaster near the park’s entrance to open in 2014 and has submitted plans to the city to obtain the zoning permission. The news article also talks about possibly using a catapult / launch system coaster design, but this has not been finalized. The cost of the proposed coaster will be over 10 million Euros.


How exciting! Because we're all so bloody imperial, that's about 147 feet. For reference, that's the same height as Pyrenees:

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So pretty tall. Sounds like maybe an Intamin or Mack launch?
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Tue May 29, 2012 8:47 pm

I am *so* pleased to hear of these planned improvements! The park is fantastic, but it is very much a case of 'what it used to be', as the theming in areas is falling apart and the park in general doesn't look very well kept (and that was with me visiting during the first few weeks of it opening for the season!).

I found the SLC to be painful, and not pleasant in the slightest :( as a rule of thumb I shall avoid all Vekoma SLCs from now! In fact, I think I'll just avoid most things Vekoma (Goudurix is not excactly the smoothest thing I've ever ridden, either).

Bandit was pretty dire, too - I ended up winded half way around from the fact I laughed so hard at how diabolical it was, coupled with severe jolts from the track and train!

I loved Mystery River, and am very pleased they are giving the attraction some much needed TLC - with a bit of paint and a touch up on the animatronics (fungus ftl), then that thing could be superb.

Nickland - two attractions? Could they really fit anything else in there?!

*gets on knees and prays* Mack launch coaster, I beg of you!!
 
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Tue May 29, 2012 9:17 pm

Amazing news!

*pencils in 2014 trip*
 
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Re: Movie Park Germany: major improvements for 2013/2014

Tue May 29, 2012 9:27 pm

This is great news and just what the park needs. It will certainly get me back to the park as I love some of the stuff they already have, most notably Van Helsing's Factory and the drop tower! I'd love it to be a Mack but I reckon if that rumour is true that it will be an Intamin or maybe even a Maurer Söhne like Shock at Rainbow Magic Land!

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Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:32 pm

Movie Park yesterday announced a major new addition for 2017 - Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.

The park have confirmed via their website (in German) that they are constructing a launched coaster themed around the popular sci fi franchise Star Trek. Confirmed to be manufactured by German company Mack, the coaster will not only feature a launch, but also an element which will be unique to that coaster in Europe, although exactly what this element is is currently being kept a secret. The ride will be located near the entrance area of the park and will be the second highest structure, with only the park's freefall drop tower being higher.

Movie Park will become the only park in the world to hold the Star Trek IP license, and with a new film due out this year, and new television series due by 2018, it would seem a very good choice to attract visitors to the park. There has previously been a Star Trek themed coaster located at Carrowinds Theme Park in the USA - Borg Assimulator - however this was stripped of it's Star Trek theming after Paramount sold the park. The Star Trek IP is also a theme that is planned to be used within the proposed Paramount Entertainment Resort on the Swanscombe Peninsular, however it is not clear if or how Movie Park's deal will impact on any agreement London Paramount may have.

Movie Park have already started construction and have posted a time lapse video of construction so far to their YouTube channel.

This certainly seems a very interesting and exciting development for Movie Park. It will be interesting to see exactly how the Star Trek IP fits in and which characters will feature. Definitely one o keep an eye on for next year.
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Re: Movie Park Germany

Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:00 am

A Star Trek themed MACK launch? Well there's another park on my impossibly long bucket list! Do we know if it's a Mega or a family one and if it has a unique layout or not?
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Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:57 am

I would assume it's a megacoaster due to them saying it has a height of 45m. I was already planning to go there July next year whilst I'm near but now I'm even more excited
 
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Re: Movie Park Germany

Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:16 am

Its nice to see Movie Park boldly go where no man has gone before. It sounds like it will be a great addition for the park. I will be keeping an eye on this and I hope it will live long and prosper.
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Re: Movie Park Germany

Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:22 pm

Here is an early planning image from Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.

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Tobi has also created a mock up of the coaster based on the current footers and the above image - bear in mind this may not be overly accurate at this stage.

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