Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux
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|Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux|
|Walt Disney Studios Park|
|Opening date||March 16, 2002|
|Attraction type||Special effects simulation|
|Participants per group||170|
Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux is an attraction located in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. The attraction opened on March 16, 2002 with the park. It is based on the 1998 Touchstone film Armageddon, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Michael Bay. The principle is to demonstrate set effects, as in the film, within a full room using special effects.
The public enter studio 7-A or studio 7-B, where a Cast Member explains them the part they are about to play in the shooting. After a pre-show presentation, which includes a short history of special effects (from the early Georges Méliès' films to modern blockbusters), and a speech from Michael Clarke Duncan ("Bear" in the movie), guests learn they will enter the recreation of the Space Station Mir from the film. Two main characters will join them: the central computer of the Station, and Colonel Andropov. The films and spiel of both studios are identical, although they have different art work on display.
The main show
Guests then proceed onto the set of the Station's main deck. As the show starts with the director's call of "Action", several scenes ensue. Windows opening either on Space or on Earth let guests witness the arrival of a meteorite rain. As it hits the station, several dysfunctions occur, including lights flickering, gas bursting into the cabin, the ceiling threatening to collapse and incandescent rocks crossing the room. At one point, the build-up of pressure in the pipes causes a part of the wall to be pulled out, letting air escape until a tight door closes. Finally, as guests can see the main meteor arriving on them, a powerful explosion occurs, and lights go out. A voice calling "Cut!" closes the show.
The whole attraction lasts about 22 minutes with a capacity of about 170 people.