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P&P Projects Dutch designer boasts global footprint

With high profile projects this season including Arthur and Ratatouille, alongside work for one of Holland’s leading amusement parks, a massive music festival in Belgium and upcoming commissions from clients in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and many places in between, you could say P&P Projects has an interesting workload right now.

Arthur at Europa- Park

Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy dark ride at the resort’s Walt Disney Studios Park. The kitchen scene features massive props including an 8m-long fish, a giant string of sausages, super-sized salamis and a huge ham.

“Bringing all these props them into the building was the biggest challenge,” reveals van Stratum. “Some of them had to make difficult turns through show doors and already installed sets. The ham is suspended overhead and is so big it has its own sprinkler system! Due to the strict fire regulations it was not easy to make the clear jars; the pots of peas and soup were difficult too. Most of the scenic elements have steel inside and function like a crash barrier in case a vehicle comes of its pre-programmed path.“ For the first time this year, P&P produced some theming for the

Tommorowland music festival in Belgium. The company created the gigantic “fire elements” featured on the 120m-long main stage alongside a heart-shaped oven, pipe works, chimneys and super-sized cog-wheels! The days when music festivals were just a handful of tents and a rudimentary sound system in a field are long gone, at least for large event promoters like Tomorrowland and Sensation organiser ID&T. Held over two weekends this July near Antwerp, Tommorowland attracted over 400,000 party goers from around the world, who enjoyed dance music over almost 20 stages and arenas. The themed stage sets have since been shipped to the USA for this month’s TomorrowWorld festival in Chattahoochee Hills outside Atlanta, Georgia, after which they will travel to Tommorowland in Brazil. Featuring added attractions in Belgium like a 60m observation wheel, it is not only Tommorowland’s name and theming that resemble a theme park. “There is however a difference,” notes van Stratum. “The distance to the themed elements is a lot bigger than normally in a theme park. Also all the elements that we created needed to fit into sea containers so they can be set up in on another continent sometime in the future. Most of our stuff was pre-fabricated and although it os not intended for permanent use, it

Arthur au Royaume des Minimoys – The Ride is the big new attraction for 2014 at Europa-Park, Germany. Based on the Arthur books and films by Luc Besson, the attraction represents an unashamed attempt to attract more French guests (the park sits less than an hour from the border and already attracts a significant number of visitors from the neighbouring country). Yet even for those that don’t know the Minimoys and their fantasy world, the new attraction still offer lots to capture the eye and hearts of Europa-Park guests.

Combining a rollercoaster and dark ride by Mack, plus a handful of smaller children’s attractions inside the same building, it is richly themed – and P&P Projects was one of the companies responsible for helping realise the many scenic elements. “We made a mix of themed show sets, like the Minimoys village diorama together, lowery light fixtures and benches for the outside area, furniture for the restaurant including button tables, themed chairs and benches, and also some animatronics for the main ride,” explains P&P owner Philipp van Stratum. “This attraction really is one of a kind!” P&P Projects has been working with Disneyland Paris since 1995, starting with a space-themed exhibition for the opening of Space Mountain. This year it was responsible for one of the most striking scenes inside the new

had to be of such high quality that they can be used time after time. Just like a theme park though, the end result should be the same – it should look awesome to guests.”

New this year in the Netherlands, P&P created a subway-themed station area together with iMagic for the Xpress launch coaster at Walibi Holland. Elsewhere the company is working a monorail project for a Dutch zoo, masterplanning and design for a Danish theme park/waterpark and also some projects for a major theme park (not Ocean-themed!) in Hong Kong. For the scoop on these other upcoming P&P projects catch up with the team on booth 8223 at this month’s Euro Attractions Show in Amsterdam. 28

ABOVE: Tomorrowland music festival, Belgium LEFT: Ratatouille at Walt Disney Studios Paris


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