Futuroscope, the French science park, has enlisted the help of the UK’s largest simulation specialist to provide key elements in one of its latest attractions.
Based on the Arthur trilogy by director Luc Beeson, Arthur L’Aventure 4D Adventure was introduced at the start of the year. It takes guests into the fairytale world of the Minimoys, tiny beings living beneath the soil riding on the back of flying “lady buggies.”
The attraction boasts a previously unseen combination of technologies, including a 3D animated film viewed on a giant IMAX dome screen, synchronised motion simulator platforms and multi-sensory in-theatre effects.
The motion platforms were contributed by Simworx, using the company’s Stargazer vehicles.Visitors travel through the attraction on one of four 25-seater carriages, which mimic the flight of the lady buggies from the film. Each vehicle moves along three axes and the feeling of flying through the air is reinforced by a breeze against the face. The theatre was previously home to Race for Atlantis, but did not feature the moving vehicles.
“We have carried out a major overhaul of the existing ride with a new control system, motion programming and, of course, the platforms themselves,” highlights Simworx managing director Terry Monkton. “Hand on heart, I believe it’s the best motion simulator attraction after Universal’s Spiderman and we are delighted to have contributed to that achievement.”