In July we visited Movie-Park in Germany and Toverland in The Netherlands to ride their new coasters. (Click here to read our review on Fēnix by the way!) It was my third visit to Movie-Park. My feelings about the park were always mixed. I’m a fan of the movie theme but I always thought that the park looked kind of disheveled or unfinished. I’m happy to say that’s not longer the case!
Movie-Park surprised me in a positive way. Since my last visit, they cleaned up the Main Street area, redid a few bad spots in the park and added some new interesting rides. You really can’t miss Movie-Park’s newest roller coaster upon arrival. Not unlike Gatekeeper in Cedar Point, Star Trek: Operation Enterprise graces the park entrance area. Additionally, the layout as seen when entering the park made me think of an old Super 8 projector. Quite fitting for a park called Movie-Park, don’t you agree?
I told myself not to get my hopes up too much. That wasn’t easy though: Star Trek: Operation Enterprise is a steel launch coaster manufactured by Mack and we all know what Mack is capable of. Movie Park’s latest addition has a quite unique layout featuring 3 inversions (immelmann, heartline roll and a zero-G roll), taking riders through a total track length of 720 m (2360 ft) at a top speed of 90 km/h (55 mph).
Leaving the Main Street and strolling past Van Helsing’s Factory, we suddenly walk straight into a Starfleet Academy and Federation Plaza-themed area. The theming is done very well, even though the area looks rather empty. Time to get in line. The main waiting area is well designed and it is pretty clear from the get-go that this is the only ‘real’ waiting area, as we can see Movie-Park staff in Star Trek uniforms letting in groups of people now and then.
After waiting for about 15 minutes while looking at some Star Trek props, we’re brought to a (fake) elevator structure that sends us to the bridge of our spaceship. Here we get yelled at by the commander and we see a short video about what’s going on. This certainly makes you feel like time is flying by, but it gets annoying to go through all this if you’re riding the roller coaster for the 4th time already. Especially because everything is in German and we only understood parts of it. I wish there was a possibility to skip pre-shows for rides like these. Anyway, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel!
We made it to the platform, awesome! We get comfortable in those familiar Mack trains and we’re being sent to the launch track. To get us over the top, we get to experience three mild launches: two forward launches and one backward launch. The one going backwards is undoubtedly the most powerful and exciting one, especially if you’re lucky enough to be in the back of the train. This is also the best place to be if you want a powerful burst of airtime after completing the 40 m high top hat. I honestly think I would’ve ended up on the parking lot if there wasn’t a restraint around my waist. After a few small bunny hops, we end our ride in a pretty surprising Zero G-roll. I didn’t really watch any POV’s in advance so that last inversion was a pleasant surprise. Wow! Can I ride it again, please?
Star Trek: Operation Enterprise is a great addition to the range of rides Movie-Park has to offer to adolescents and adults. Especially since MP-Xpress and Bandit have become so rough that they don’t really make you want to ride them two times in one day. (My girlfriend’s was on the verge of calling RMC when she saw the bruises on het legs caused by Bandit!) We’ll be back and I’ll honestly start recommending Movie-Park to my friends more and more. Thank you for a great day.