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Seite 25 EuroAmusement Professional 2-2017-Leseprobedem jüngsten Feriendorf von Center Parcs", so
Dominique Hummel.


Projektleiter Jean Pierre Joyaux
und sein Team suchten nach
der besten Lösung für ein
Flying Theater.

Dieses Frühjahr präsentiert der Park mit ,,IllusiO" eine neue
Zaubershow von den französischen Illusionskünstlern Bertran
Lotth und Raphaël Navarro, die unter Einsatz modernster
Technologie (Hologramme) punkten möchte. Im Winter dieses
Jahres wird der Park ein neues VR-Erlebnis vorstellen, das die
Besucher auf die Spuren eines berühmten Motorsportrennens
führen wird. ,,In Zukunft wollen wir unseren Gästen weitere
außergewöhnliche Reisen ermöglichen, immer mit mystischen
Themen verknüpft wie z.B. dem Weltall oder den Exoplaneten", fasst Dominique Hummel zusammen. ,,Natürlich sind wir
auch offen für die Erweiterung unserer Angebotspalette durch
neue Attraktionen wie Achterbahnen, wobei wir dennoch unserer Maxime und unseren Werten treu bleiben werden." (FM)
All photos used in this article courtesy of © Futuroscope

Flying aboard Futuroscope's
Extraordinaire Voyage
Still to date, celebrating its 30th anniversary, and over the
years of its history, Futuroscope has always been keen to
keep setting itself apart from its competitors. Not only with
its futuristic-looking World Expo style pavilions but also
with its very own business development model.
Born from the imagination of a politician eager to revitalize
his region's moribund economy at the end of the 80s, the
Poitiers-based theme park has braved the elements, attracting
large crowds before coming close to bankruptcy, changing
ownership and brand image several times. Nevertheless,
its boldness resulted in success, with Futuroscope currently
finding itself in a growth phase, well supported by Compagnie
des Alpes which became the company's major shareholder with
a stake of 45 percent six years ago.
To mark the 30-year milestone, the park management has put
a budget of 12.5 million Euros on the table (of which 3.5 million
Euros come from the Vienne department) in order to open a
brand new ride named "L'Extraordinaire Voyage". An ambitious
project that has taken nearly five years to complete, allowing
Futuroscope to own the very first flying theatre ride in Europe.

In the footsteps of Jules Verne
In recent years, Futuroscope has focused primarily on both
the scenography and theming of its new rides and as a result
has received several industry awards. For the creation of
L'Extraordinaire Voyage, the park's in-house creative team, led
by Olivier Héral, was inspired by the work of famous writer
Jules Verne and his novel `Around the World in Eighty Days'
­ with imagination and science as the defining elements of the

Visitors start
their journey
by walking in
an outdoor
queue designed
to keep kids
busy with
activities such as a large coloring wall. Once inside the
pavilion, they enter the terminal of a futuristic airport, hub of
"SkyWorld Airlines" specializing in trips all over the universe.
The queue crosses four pre-show rooms, one simulating an
airport shuttle bringing visitors to the boarding gate. Aboard a
"SkyLoop" aircraft, they then experience a four-minute roundthe-world trip, being teleported by spatio-temporal gates
from the Egyptian desert to the snow-capped mountains of the
Himalaya, among other locations.

A European first
L'Extraordinaire Voyage is the result of several years of
careful consideration, mobilizing more than 40 people
from various park departments. Since 2012, the strategic
committee had been looking for innovative concept ideas
with the flying theatre as their favourite, the promise of
flight being something that seemed essential to be added to
Futuroscope's array. At that time, Disney's "Soarin'" was
the leading attraction while similar ride systems could be
counted on the fingers of one hand. A team headed by project
manager Jean Pierre Joyaux travelled the world from
FlyOVER Canada in Vancouver to E-DA World in Taiwan
looking for the best solution.
The decision was quickly made for the ride system offered
by Canadian manufacturer Dynamic Attractions, even
though it was still only a prototype at that time. "We were
seduced at first by their concept of a single platform that
tilts vertically in one movement. It's a spectacular effect
for the riders right at the beginning of the adventure,
creating a mass effect with everybody tilting together ­ for
us, this represented one integral part of the experience,"
explains Jean Pierre Joyaux. "We also felt that the vertigo
feeling was more realistic than on other similar systems,"
he adds. "Another key point was the operating costs. The
configuration presented by Dynamic Attractions also
allowed us to (un)load visitors on a single level, while similar
systems such as the one developed by Brogent have several
gondolas split up on different floors. The use of a single
large platform allowed us to save building costs."
Dynamic Attractions' ride system, which is very different
from the original, patented concept they developed with
Disney, accommodates 84 riders in three rows. Huge
hydraulic cylinders move the platform to a position of almost
90 degrees with riders facing the screen, feet dangling in
the air. The motion programming then allows the platform
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