Europa-Park has released more information about its big new attraction for 2014 – Arthur au Royaume des Minimoys.
Translated as Arthur – In the Minimoys Kingdom, the 3,500 square-metre addition to the Black Forest park promises to be a unique combination of suspended coaster and dark ride with additional indoor attractions including rides, slides and food, beverage and retail opportunities. “It’s at least four or five products in one,” notes Frederic Pastaszak, project architect for Mack Solutions.
The multi-million euro project is being constructed in co-operation with French film director Luc Besson, the man behind the Arthur trilogy. Billed as the most intricate indoor attraction in the almost 40-year history of Europa-Park, it will be hidden beneath a 15m dome and surrounding structure that will house a magical island, two streams and an enchanted forest.
Guests will be able to enter the world of the Minimoys from 5 April onwards, as their take their seats for a 550m/4-minute-long flight sweeping them into “a microcosm like no other.” In scenes recreated from Arthur and the Invisibles, ants will take on mammoth proportions, a blade of grass will appear as tall as a skyscraper and bees will give jet planes a run for their money. Arthur au Royaume des Minimys is not the first Arthur-themed attraction in a European theme park, but when asked at Euro Attractions Show what made it different to Arthur L’Adventure 4D at Futuroscope in France, Pastaszak was quite clear: “At Futuroscope it’s a simulator attraction, whereas we are creating a full Minimoys kingdom featuring animatronics, special effects and a unique ride system, not to mention the other attractions we are building alongside it.“
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