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Pharaonique Magnifique! Egypt arrives at Parc Astérix

A B&M inverted coaster is the spectacular new attraction anchoring the latest themed land at Parc Astérix outside Paris


oining a line-up that already includes Roman, Gallic, Greek and Norse themed areas, Pharaonique immerses guests in the spirit of

ancient Egypt. Its arrival at the park is perhaps inevitable given that the territory already features in various Astérix comic books and films. “This new extension of our park is targeted at families and young adults,” reveals Parc Astérix manager Pascal Fiche. “Oz Iris is the highlight of this new land and already thousands of people have taken to this attraction and enjoyed the feeling of flight.”

As visitors on the ground discover the land of the Pharaohs, Queen Cleopatra and Tutankhamen, thrill seekers fly overhead on Oz Iris. The new coaster is dedicated to an Egyptian magician and is surrounded by rich theming, taking riders on a journey through the bowels of the Temple of Iris. A haunting soundtrack, striking statues, ancient antiques and murals set the tone as potential riders make their way through the queue line, coming face to face with Iris and his hypnotic gaze. On the second floor, the lights dim, the music becomes more intense and passengers prepare themselves for what is now one of the park’s most extreme attractions.

The 1,030-metre-long layout was specially designed for Parc Astérix by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M). During the two-and-a-half minute experience, intrepid riders reach speeds of up to 90kmh as they speed through an exciting series of twists, turns and subterranean – and sub-aqua – dives, including five inversions. The coaster’s tallest

Astérix character Obelix stars in an Egyptian ‘tomb painting’ featured as part of the Pharaonique environment

point is 40-metres, but to ride it guests need to be just 1.3-metres tall.

Covering a area of around three hectares, Pharaonique adds around 10% more surface area to Parc Astérix and represents an investment for the park’s owner Compagnie des Alpes of €20 million ($26m). The new land was two years in the making for a passionate team of more than 300 park employees and contractors. Oz Iris was installed on B&M’s behalf by the German company Rollercoaster Construction Services (RCS). Now in its 23rd year, Parc Astérix is located 30km north of the French capital. The 2012 season continues until November 7.

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