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back many times over the summer season,” says Looping CEO Laurent Bruloy, “but that would also intrigue visitors from outside the area. We know that these waterslides will help build guest loyalty because they are unique and thrilling. Plus we provide an actual beach experience with our wave pool in an area of Span that is far from the coast.” “Waterslides and water play structures are appealing to families who might not otherwise be interested in the ‘typical’ theme park experience,” adds Agua Mágica manager Guillermo Cruz. “After all, a waterpark allows guests to spend much more time together than in most theme parks. They can ride many of the slides as a group. They can splash together in the wave pool or float along in the leisure river. And they can let little ones entertain themselves with the interactive gadgets and gizmos of the kids' water playground. Those are experiences you just can't get at a dry park.” Working alongside Cruz are


Pierre Cathala and Arnaud Coste who bring with them experience of other well known waterparks. Since it opened to the public on 10 July following an inauguration ceremony a week earlier, management has been presiding over good crowds at Agua Mágica, which can


accommodate up to 4,000 guests a day. The total attendance won’t be known for a week or two yet, but main park typically welcomes around 600,000 visitors annually. Over time, as business grows, the waterpark season may be extended to bring it line with the calendar at Isla Mágica. The Looping group is now believed to be mulling plans for a third waterpark, more along the lines of the slide park model seen at Hellendoorn, for its Bagatelle park in France.


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Parc du


Petit Prince Flying high over Alsace


children’s author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Now visitors to the former Bioscope site in Alsace can enjoy a family-friendly selection of attractions as they embark on a voyage of discovery


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illed as “the first aerial park in the world,” Le Parc du Petit Prince opened this summer in north east France, celebrating the tales of


Tejix, which lent its services to the project. “The empty areas between the buildings have been filled by new ‘A- ticket’ attractions. The park offers families the opportunity for a no-stress, rewarding family outing.” Originally opened as Bioscope in 2006, but closed in 2012 after several years of lacklustre performances the 23-hectare venue’s circular layout is inspired by the crater created when a famous meteorite hot the area in 1492. Now, following a €50 million transformation, Le Parc du Petit Prince comprises around 30 attractions spread across four themed zones. Space is home to Tejix’s 3D movie theatre, where the


nWave film Les aventures du Petit Prince is shown, in addition to a quiz about astronomy. The Aviation zone hosts Wings of Courage (originally shot in IMAX), recounting the Aeropostale saga (the air post service was founded locally), the Vol de Nuit (Night Flight)


The park celebrates flght and the Aeropostale service


The park near the border city of Mulhouse was acquired last year by a group headed by Jérôme Giacomoni and Matthieu Gobbi of the tethered balloon specialist Aerophile, and reopened following refurbishment in July. The French duo have wasted no time in installing some of their own attractions, including both two of their signature balloons and an Aerobar, together creating the illusion of “three planets” floating over the park. “Le Parc du Petit Prince is the antithesis of its predecessor which clumsily tried to combine culture and entertainment in a questionable layout,” observes Henry Corrado, director of theme park technology specialist


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