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Extraordinary Voyage Futuroscope launches Europe's first flying theatre


ow open at Futuroscope, The Extraordinary Journey features a ride film inspired by the tales of Jules Verne, a ride structure by

Dynamic Attractions and a 20m diameter curved screen that immerses guests into the action all around them, using projectors by Christie. The attraction, which is Europe's first (but not the last) flying theatre represents a €12.5 million investment. The 110-ton Dynamic Flying Theatre system weighs

the same as a commercial plane and was transported to the park in Poitiers, France, on an extraordinary voyage of its own using a combination of train (Vancouver-Montreal), boat (Montreal-Le Havre) and truck (Le Havre-Jaunay Clan). It took a total of 24 days. Comprising six units on two platforms of three rows each, it accommodates up to 84 passengers per four- minute ride. Next summer, it is expected to fly enough people each month to fill Stade de France in Paris nearly four times. “The Extraordinary Journey is a spectacular

adventure,” says Dynamic Attractions president Guy Dynamic Attractions unveils new

media-based theatre concept As flying theatres begin to emerge from a raft of competitors to Dynamic Attractions, the Canadian pioneer has a new media-based theatre concept it believes will put a fresh spin on immersive attractions. The winner of an IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Product, the Dynamic Motion Theater surrounds audiences with the sights, sounds, and smells of an adventure in every direction. It has a combination of media on advanced, rotating projected screens that move to reveal show sets filled with special effects and stage action. Motion includes the large, round seating area lifts, drops, tilts, and rotations. “We’ve pioneered new technology to create an experience that has been, until now, impossible,” claims Dynamic Attractions president

Guy Nelson. 2016 was a record-breaking year for Dynamic, which opened 10 attractions on four continents, twice as many as its previous best year. In

spring the company opened a development centre in Orlando. Since then it has already doubled in size to 80,000 square feet (7,432 sq m). Dynamic Attractions now boats 400 team members in six locations worldwide. Its engineers, designers, fabricators and theme artists are based in Vancouver, Orlando, Toronto, Arlington (Texas), Dongguan (China) and Shanghai.

LEFT: Guy Nelson unveils a model of the Dynamic Motion Theater

Nelson. “Futuroscope guests will experience the sights, sounds, and motions of this attraction’s compelling story, which takes them to locations many have only dreamed about.” Those locations include London, Egypt, Dubai, India (including the Taj Mahal and Himalayas), Yellowstone Park in the USA and then back to Futuroscope itself, as pictured in the still image on the left. “Dynamic Attractions never stopped advancing the technology, making this attraction do things that will make guests come back to ride it again and again,” adds Futuroscope president Dominique Hummel. The Extraordinary Voyage was officially opened at

the science and discovery park on December 10 after being in soft opening phase since the previous month. Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, Futuroscope is operated by Compagnie des Alpes and will reopen on the first weekend of February.

LEFT: A still from the film (top) and the ride building (below)



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