Eurosat 2.o is an upcoming enclosed roller coaster at Europa-Park. The ride is part of a refurbishment from the original Eurosat which will include new track, some minor layout changes and a virtual reality experience that will have its own separate station. Eurosat 2.0 will open in 2018.
The ride originally opened in 1989 as Eurosat in the French area of the park, and was manufactured by Mack Rides.
The ride is situated inside a 45-metre (148 ft) high geodesic dome, a notable landmark in the park. It is themed to spaceflight.
Riders queue for the attraction in a covered waiting area at the front of the dome, before ascending up escalators to the station area. On leaving the station, the train climbs a spiral lift hill in the center of the dome, before continuing down a long course of drops and turns alongside lasers and light effects.
The ride has seven trains, although only six are operated at the same time. Each train can seat 16 people across eight rows. During regular operation, the ride can handle 1600 people per hour.
During special events, the exterior of the dome has been decorated. For example, during the winter season, the dome has been wrapped in a large ribbon, and during the 2006 FIFA World Cup the dome became a large soccer ball. Throughout the park's Halloween events, the dome is decorated as a giant pumpkin, and renamed as Pumpkin Coaster.
Since 2000, the ride has featured a techno soundtrack produced by the group Stark Fader, called In a 2nd Orbit. During Halloween and the winter season, the soundtrack is replaced with seasonal music.
Eurosat 2.0 2017-Present
In June 2017, Europa Park announced that the ride would receive a major refurbishment entailing completely new track, some minor layout changes and a virtual reality experience that will have its own separate station. The park has currently codenamed the refurbishment Eurosat 2.0. The refurbishment began on November 5, 2017.
- Official page of the attraction at europapark.de (in English)
- Official website of Stark Fader (in German)