Futuroscope

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Futuroscope
Slogan Faites-vous plaisir, osez de nouvelles expériences
Location Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France
Coordinates 46°40′09″N 0°22′08″E / 46.66917°N 0.36889°E / 46.66917; 0.36889Coordinates: 46°40′09″N 0°22′08″E / 46.66917°N 0.36889°E / 46.66917; 0.36889
Owner Parc du Futuroscope
Opened May 31, 1987
Operating season February to December
Area 131 acres (0.53 km2)
Website www.futuroscope.com

Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.

It is located in the department of Vienne, 10 kilometres north of Poitiers, on the territory of the communes of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan.

The park had 1.826 million visitors in 2010. In total, 40 million visitors have been to the park since it opened in 1987.[citation needed] (By comparison, Disneyland Paris saw 15.3 million visitors in 2008.)[1]

History[edit]

  • 1984 : 11 December, first stone placed by René Monory, president of the general council of Vienne.
  • 1987 : 31 May, opens to the public with Kinémax, the Pavillon du Futuroscope and a play zone.
  • 1988 : opening of the first Dynamique Cinéma - Monde des Enfants (the world of children) and the Showscan (the first part of the Pavillon de la Communication).
  • 1989 : the Cinéma en Relief, the Cinéma 360° and the second part of the Pavillon de la Communication open, offering new spectacles to visitors.
  • 1990 : opening of the Omnimax and the Gyrotour. Futuroscope produces its first film in 360° about the Tour de France.
  • 1991 : inauguration of Cinéautomate in spring. The park receives its one-millionth visitor.
  • 1992 : the Tapis Magique (Magic Carpet) and the Paysages d’Europe (Landscapes of Europe, a tow boat ride) open.
  • 1993 : inauguration of Solido.
  • 1994 : opening of Pavillon de la Vienne, a second Dynamique Cinéma and the Aquascope.
  • 1995 : celebrating the centenary of cinema, inauguration of the Images Studio.
  • 1996 : the IMAX 3D opens and presents Guillaumet, les Ailes du Courage (the Wings of Courage), a fiction in 3D by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The Showscan becomes the Cinéma Haute Résolution (High Resolution Cinema).
  • 1997 : Futuroscope celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new evening spectacle, Le Lac aux Images (the Lake with Images). The Cinéautomate becomes Ciné-Jeu (Cinema Game) and Cyber Avenue opens up the Cyberworld to its visitors,. The Pavillon de la Communication presents a film produced by Futuroscope called Les Autoroutes de l’Information (The Motorways of Information).
  • 1998: Cyber Avenue expands with Cybermédia offering 1600 m² (17,000 sq ft) of multimedia, Internet and video games. Imagic opens, mixing image with illusion. The Dynamique Cinéma 2 becomes Astratour with a film discovering satellites, produced by Futuroscope.
  • 1999: opening of Images du Goût (Images of Taste) and The Workshop of Taste in the Pavillon du Futuroscope.
  • 2000: opening of the IMAX 3D simulator: Défi d’Atlantis (the Challenge of Atlantis). In June, the Gare TGV-Futuroscope (Futuroscope's TGV Station) opened with a walkway allowing visitors to reach the heart of the park directly from the station.
L'Imax 3D
  • 2001: the inauguration of the new attractions: CyberWorld', OceanOasis, Superstition et Métropole Défi (Metropolis Challenge). On 18 April, Futuroscope welcomed its 25-millionth visitor.
  • 2002: opening of Destination Cosmos, a new evening spectacle conceived by Yves Pépin : Le Miroir d’Uranie (the Mirror of Uranie) and two new films: Sur les traces du Panda (on the Track of Pandas) and Plongeurs sans Limite (Divers Without Limits).
  • 2003: opening of the attraction La Cité du Numérique (the Digital City); 2 IMAX films: Space Station 3D and Percussions du Monde (Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey); 2 dynamique films: Les mélodies Aquatiques (Aquatic Melodies); and 2 new spectacles: Les Grandes Illusions (The Great Illusions), the Pavillon de la Créativité and an open air photograph exhibition.
  • 2004: the season begins with a festival of the best Imax films. Jacques Perrin produces an exclusive new film for Tapis Magique, Voyageurs du Ciel et de la Mer (Travellers by Air and by Sea). Le Rêve d’Icare (Adrenaline Rush) produces new sensations in the Imax cinema.
  • 2005: the arrival of many new attractions: Star du Futur! (Star of the Future!); La Légende de l'Etalon Noir (The Legend of the Black Stallion) in the Kinémax; the dynamique film Péril sur Akryls (Danger on Akryls) in Dynamique 1 and Les Yeux Grands Fermés (Journey into the Dark). On 27 April, the park welcomed its 30-millionth visitor, making it the second most visited theme park in France and the fifth in Europe.
  • 2006: a new 3D film opens in Imax 3D, le Seigneur du Ring (Adventures in Animation 3D). This year, the Park is themed as the Year of the Robots, by opening on 5 April with Dances with Robots in the new House of the Robots. A new evening spectacle entitled the Forest of the Dreams also forms part of the theme.
  • 2007: two new Imax films, Expédition Nil Bleu (Mysteries of the Nile), Sous les Mers du Monde 3D (Deep Sea 3D), and a new version of the dynamic film La Vienne Dynamique.
  • 2008: a new attraction based around the BBC's programme The Future is Wild, a new Omnimax film (Dinosaurs), a new dynamic film (Laponie Express). On 10 July, the park welcomed its 35-millionth visitor.

Futuroscope currently employs 600 people, including 400 temporary staff. Stages of the Tour de France cycle race have begun and ended at the park several times since its opening.

Architecture[edit]

The 'Travellers by Air and by Sea' attraction

The pavilions of Futuroscope are mainly made up of metal and glass: modern materials which give the buildings form and texture, as works of art that make the observer stand and stare. The design of the pavilions was led by architect Denis Laming.

  • 1987 : le Pavillon du Futuroscope, le Kinémax
  • 1988 : le Cinéma Dynamique 1, le Pavillon de la Créativité
  • 1989 : le 360°, le Cinéma en Relief (the latter removed in 2004)
  • 1990 : l'Omnimax, la Gyrotour
  • 1992 : le Tapis Magique
  • 1993 : le Solido
  • 1994 : le Pavillon de la Vienne, le Cinéma Dynamique 2, l'Aquascope
  • 1995 : Images Studio
  • 1996 : l’Imax 3D
  • 2000 : l'Imax 3D Dynamique, TGV Station
  • 2002 : Destination Cosmos (formerly Aquascope)
  • 2006 : le Pavillon des Robotsmoib
  • 2008 : les Animaux du Futurmoi

Attractions[edit]

Attraction Description Length
1 The Time Machine Dark ride based on the game Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time featuring the Raving Rabbids 6 mins
2 La Vienne Dynamic (Dynamic Vienne) Dynamic movie theatre with added effects 20 mins
3 Chocs Cosmiques (Cosmic Collisions) Planetarium dome movie theatre 23 mins
4 Voyageurs du Ciel et de la Mer (Travellers by Air and by Sea) IMAX Magic Carpet 16 mins
5 Le Monde des Enfants (Children's World) 20 outdoor games -
6 Festival du Dynamique (Dynamic Cinema Festival) Dynamic movie theatre featuring Virus Attack new 2014 5 mins
7 Mission Hubble IMAX 3D movie theatre 40 mins
8 iMagic Magic show 25 mins
9 8e Continent, le jeu (The 8th Continent, the game) Interactive 5di movie theatre 8 mins
10 Lady Ô Evening Show Evening show 20 mins
11 Cyber Avenue Amusement arcade -
12 La Gyrotour Observation tower 7 mins
13 Destins Sauvages (Born to be Wild) IMAX movie theatre 40 mins
14 Ma Maison Pour Agir (The Eco-Aware House) Environmental house -
15 Les Yeux Grands Fermés (Journey into the Dark) Walk-through in the dark 20 mins
16 Les Ailes du Courage (Wings of Courage) 3D movie theatre 40 mins
17 Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) 4D movie theatre 20 mins
18 Monstres des Mers (Sea Monsters) 3D IMAX Dome 20 mins
19 Arthur, l'Aventure 4D (Arthur, the 4D Adventure) 4D IMAX Dome 5 mins
20 Danse avec les Robots (Dances with Robots) Robocoaster 2 mins
21 ... (closed since 2013) - -
22 La Cité du Numérique (Digital City) Video games -
23 Madagascar : Fragments de vie (Madagascar, fragments of life) Photo exposition -
24 Le Jardin des Energies (The Energy Gardens) Interactive course -

Restaurants and shops[edit]

The park has eight full-service restaurants and ten restaurations rapides (Illico Resto). There are eight shops, most of which are located at the entrance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sylt, Christian (August 17, 2008). "Magic results: Euro Disney plans new hotels". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 

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