Futuroscope is a French theme park located in Poitiers, France and based upon multimedia, futuristic architecture and audio-visual techniques. The park celebrates this year its 30th anniversary with a new world class attraction The Extraordinary Voyage, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil for the new show called ‘La Forge aux étoiles’ and 50 million visitors mark since its inception.
The park had 1,830 million visitors in 2015 and recovered its aspirations in the race for second most popular park in France. We visited 2 times now and on our second field trip (in October 2016) felt that the park is now more vibrant with fun rides like Les Lapins Cretins, Raving Rabbids – The Time Machine and L’Arena, Les Apprentis Pompiers (Fledgling Fire-fighters) that opened in 2015.
The park combines fun and education providing several 3D cinemas, a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world. Rides are interactive. You wear binoculars, 3D glasses, and sensor bracelets. You travel virtually, in simulators. As you’re tipped, plunged and bumped around in flying spaceships or about to collide head-on with a lorry at speed, you still get a thrill, but all the while you know that you, your blood pressure – and your kids – can’t come to any real harm.
The top rides in the park are ‘Danse avec les Robots’ where one of ten 23 feet-high robots (they’re those robots you see making cars in the ads) takes you on a dizzying dance with twists, shakes and accelerations of up to 3G with soundtrack provided by DJ Martin Solveig and ‘Arthur, the 4D Adventure’ an attraction created by the French director of the Arthur and the Invisibles and The Fifth Element films – Luc Besson. We went 4 times on Danse avec les robots and two on Arthur. One on the cinema attractions that impressed us the most was “Voyageurs du Ciel et de la Mer” an IMAX movie projected literally around us (including under our feet). The light show at the end of the night (Féerie Nocturne Lady Ô) is also quite good representing a two fairy sister’s (Melody and Harmony) future battle between good and evil, with cinematic projection on a huge lake, music and fireworks.
Although some of the exhibits are perhaps no longer cutting edge and this is not a ‘thrills and spills’ theme park, the park generally looks pretty run down.
On our first visit in October 2013 there was a rainy day forecast but fortunately the weather men were wrong anhd it didn’t rain. The park had passed several crises and that was in front of our eyes. Less visitors and not many youngsters. One good thing is that they can lend you an electronic device for translation into English and Spanish. There an area for kids but most visitors were mature couples and even groups of seniors visiting. Food is above average but a little pricey.
On the second visit everything changed. Lines for Raving Rabids attraction, the 2017 attraction already undergoing, lots of young kids rooming around and a renewed interest even for the most “education” topics. Very nice to see.
Futuroscope is a totally different experience, to any other theme park I have visited before, but definitely worth a visit.
By Ana Alegria, Carlos Canaes, Sandra Nunes, Raquel Caixado and Ana Rita Mendes. Updated: 05/05/2017
Location: Avenue René Monory, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France
Tickets: From 36€ Adults online.
Opens all yearTop Rides
Dance avec les Robots, Arthur, the 4D Adventure, Raving Rabbids – The Time Machine
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