Ride Profile

Riding through the Rockies

There’s a new addition to France’s Le Pal park – the Yukon Quad, a roaring ride with a rustic Canadian twist or two. Opened to the public in April, the coaster is the result of fine-tuned plans and a dreamy creative concept. Hannah Hart reports…

in 1973 when André Charbonnier and a veterinary surgeon from Vincennes Zoo started from the ground up with a train and small playground – now, Le Pal has welcomed France’s one-of-a-kind Yukon Quad Coaster. Staying true to the park’s family oriented origins, the Yukon Quad offers an adventure for everyone without holding back on the excitement. The ride features two acceleration boosts at the beginning and middle of the track as a group of 40 launch motors propel the train to more than 90km/h. Riders take hold of the handlebars of the Quad as the engines warm up and a countdown ticks on the signal above the exit gate. Then, the quads whir and launch at full speed in a burst of sound, passing through woody landscapes reminiscent of northern Canada with twists, turns, climbs, and drops over a 1km track. The track itself is designed to mimic the surrounding


greenery, and La Pal president Arnaud Bennet told Park World: “Nature is very present in the park, and integrating the ride in a green environment was important for us.” This blending of natural elements is prevalent throughout the La Pal, with its zoo and amusements sharing the same tree-lined borders. Henry Corrado director of theming specialist Tejix, commented that this provided the basis of the design: “Hence the idea of the wood log station and green colouring of the track elements.” Another priority was to ensure that the Yukon Quad could

be enjoyed by all guests regardless of age. Intamin’s Family Launch Coaster, as the name suggests, is a family oriented ride that still packs a punch. Intamin’s executive vice president

JUNE 2018

ocated two hours from Lyon in east-central France, the hybrid park Le Pal blends all the family fun of the zoo with the thrills of an amusement park. Le Pal got its start

Sascha Czibulka went on to explain: “With a state of the art friction wheel drive system in combination with a unique and highly popular vehicle design, this coaster type has proven to be an exciting variation on Intamin’s family of launch coasters.” It’s easy to see why. The Yukon Quad cuts a striking figure; guests sit upright in a side-by-side arrangement, two passengers per vehicle, secured by an individual lap-bar. Tejix is a specialist in the creation of themed media effects

for theme parks, and provided the ride’s design as well as the audio media that was mixed into the attraction. During installation, Corrado told Park World that one of the main plotting points was to create a simple, yet effective, design in line with Le Pal’s vision. “Le Pal knew exactly what they wanted,” said Corrado.

“We listened to their wishes whilst insisting on what must have seemed like a massive sound system for a relatively small space. We also designed the 15, 000 Watt 8-channel sound system and worked on the production of the audio elements in Japan, while discussing installation details with the park and Intamin.” The installation itself was a whistle-stop affair, taking only

few days, not counting few tweaks to the sound tuning and final mixing. Show control and lighting programming were achieved in another two-day session. Going forward, Le Pal hopes to continue reaching out to a multi-generational audience. Creating rides that parents, kids, and grand-parents can enjoy today is at the heart of the park’s ethos, and the Yukon Quad is a fresh attraction that can do just that. “The quads and launch system are different to any other coaster existing in our country,” said Bennet. “This ride is unique in France, and very promising.”


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