The actual decision on the Europa-Park rollercoaster station building was unspectacular in the public Rust building committee meeting. The members voted unanimously for its construction in the new "Croatia" theme area of Europa-Park. The necessary changes to the "Storettenstraße II" development plan are being changed in an accelerated process according to paragraph 13 of the building code of the inner development. The decision to set up the list has been made and public participation has already taken place.
Resemblance to Tesla's laboratory and radio tower
So far, so unexciting. During the session, however, a sketch of the new station building was also briefly shown. And its conspicuous tower is suspiciously reminiscent of the "Wardenclyffe Tower" that Tesla had built on Long Island in 1901: a triangular, elongated frame with struts, on the top of which a hemisphere can be seen. The appearance of the 10.2 meter high station building with its curved arches has certain similarities with the laboratory at the foot of the tower. A section of the roller coaster can be seen there as a loop, but without touching the tower.
This seems to confirm the suspicion of Europa-Park fans that the new roller coaster in the Croatian themed area is dedicated to Nikola Tesla. As the portal parkerlebnis.de reported, Europa-Park had secured the trademark rights to the names "Voltron Coaster" as well as "Oszillodrom" and "Coastillator". In April 2020, the park also had the brands "Apparatus OHM" and "Transferator OHM" registered to the company "Mack Media & Brands GmbH & Co KG". "Ohm" is the unit of electrical resistance, "Volt" is the unit of electrical voltage.
For many fans, that was a clear reference to Nikola Tesla, who was born in Croatia and made important contributions in the field of electrical engineering. However, at that time they had hoped for a "duel roller coaster" in the form of a Tesla coil. However, the course of the roller coaster, which was already shown briefly at the public participation, makes this seem more than improbable. And Europa-Park had already announced to our editorial team in December that the rumor of a "duel roller coaster" could not be confirmed. However, as the plans for the station building show, Tesla fans should also get their money's worth with the new roller coaster.
Nikola Tesla began planning the "Wardenclyffe Tower" on Long Island (USA) in 1898, and the wooden tower was built in 1901. It was 57 meters high and the metal dome was almost 20 meters tall. A year later, Tesla built a laboratory at the base of the tower. Officially, the "Wardenclyffe Tower" was a huge radio tower. Telsa promised his sponsor J.P. Morgan a system that could send news, music, pictures or messages to any part of the world. Actually, however, he hoped to be able to realize his big dream with the help of the tower: the wireless long-distance transmission of electrical energy. Tesla's sponsor backed out, however, and the tower and laboratory were never completed. In 1915, Tesla had to sell the facility, which was already in decline, because of unpaid hotel bills. In 1917 the tower was then blown up with dynamite.