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Eurosat - CanCan Coaster

Eurosat - CanCan Coaster

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roller coaster
Eurosat - CanCan Coaster
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Europa-Park
Location Rust, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany
Park section France
Status Operating since 1989
Height restriction Min. height: 120 cm (47 inches)
Max. height: 195 cm (77 inches)
Statistics
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Enclosed - Virtual reality
Riders per train 14
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Spiral lift
Height25.5 metres
Top speed60 km/h
Length922 metres
Inversions0
Steepest drop32°
Duration3:18
G-force4 g
Theme: Universal Rocks - HELP

Eurosat - CanCan Coaster is a Mack Rides steel enclosed roller coaster located at Europa-Park in Rust, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany. The ride has been in operation since 1989.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements
  • Spiral lift

The roller coaster is inside a 148 foot high geodesic dome and it is themed to spaceflight.

Trains[edit | edit source]

7 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 14 riders per train. Individual lapbars are being used as restraints.

Ride Experience[edit | edit source]

After leaving the station, the train is transported upwards in a spiral lift. At the end of the countdown which starts when reaching the top, the ride starts with a curved drop to the right. The layout consists of many helices, banked curves and quick changes of direction. It ends with a rather hard braking accompanied by a loud crash sound.

Big parts of the ride are in darkness, but there are several special effects on the ride, such as lasers, glowing asteroids (illuminated by blacklight) and a tunnel with blue lights inside.

The soundtrack In a Second Orbit by Stark Fader and the Cosmic Sound Heroes plays on the ride through speakers inside the dome.

Refurbishment[edit | edit source]

In June 2017, Europa-Park announced that they would be refurbishing Eurosat in a project code named Eurosat 2.0.The refurbishment will entail a complete retracking of the ride, the addition of a virtual reality experience with its own separate station, the addition of some new theming and some changes to the ride's layout. The trains will be replaced by new, shorter trains. The refurbishment will start during Winter Season 2017 and will finish in Summer 2018. It was later announced that the ride would be renamed to Eurosat - CanCan Coaster and that the ride would reopen somewhere around September 12, 2018.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The roller coaster uses the rare "barrel-lift" which is a special kind of a spiral lift. Inside of the spiral of tracks there is a big rotating cylinder, which has vertical steel beams on the outside. These "catch" the train and carry it up the spiral.
  • The soundtrack inside the lift changed slightly as the train ascended. In the bottom section, the background synths were the most prominent, in the middle section the beats were the loudest instrument and in the top section the lead synths were prevalent part.
  • The countdown was inspired by the Apollo 11 mission: "10, 9, ignition sequence starts, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 - all engines running!"