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Futuroscope view from the Gyrotour
|Slogan||Faites-vous plaisir, osez de nouvelles expériences|
|Location||Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France|
|Owner||Parc du Futuroscope|
|Opened||May 31, 1987|
|Operating season||February to December|
|Area||131 acres (0.53 km2)|
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.
The park had 1.826 million visitors in 2010. In total, 40 million visitors have been to the park since it opened in 1987.
- 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: Le Défi d’Atlantis (Race for 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 (80 mins from Paris-Montparnasse).
- 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 (China: The Panda Adventure) 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'Étalon Noir (The Young 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 (Mystery 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.
- 2015: Cirque du Soleil announced a partnership with Futuroscope and will produce a new show called 'La Forge aux étoiles' to replace the 'Lady O' evening show. The show will premier on 6 February 2016 and perform 250-300 shows a year.
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.
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-Futuroscope Station
- 2002 : Destination Cosmos (formerly Aquascope)
- 2006 : Le Pavillon des Robots
- 2008 : Les Animaux du Futur
- 2013 : Dances with Robots, by Martin Solveig
- 2014 : Les Lapins Cretins, Raving Rabbids - The Time Machine
- 2015 : L'Arena, Les Apprentis Pompiers (Fledgling Fire-fighters),
|1||La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps (The Time Machine)||Dark ride based on the game Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time featuring the Raving Rabbids||6 mins|
|2||La Vienne Dynamique (Dynamic Vienne)||Dynamic movie theatre with added effects||20 mins|
|3||Chocs Cosmiques (Cosmic Collisions)||Planetarium dome movie theatre||23 mins|
|4||(closed since December 2014)||-||-|
|5||Le Monde des Enfants (Children's World)||20 outdoor games||-|
|6||Dynamic!||Dynamic movie theatre featuring Virus Attack new 2014||5 mins|
|7||(closed since November 2014)||-||-|
|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|
|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||Sous les Mers du Monde (Deep Sea 3D)||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||Mission Hubble||IMAX Dome||40 mins|
|22||L'Arena Fun Xperiences||Sport and video games||-|
|23||La Forge aux étoiles by Cirque du Soleil||Evening show||TBA|
Restaurants and shops
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.
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