Simworx installs custom platforms to bring Futuroscope’s latest attraction to life
4D effects theatre specialist Simworx, based in the UK, has completed the installation of a custom built ‘moving floor’ for one of the latest attractions to open at the French theme park Futuroscope.
Situated in a new hall within the Pavillon de la Communcation, 4D Futuroscope, the new attraction is based on the legendary hero of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince, with the story being adapted by nWave Pictures of Belgium to create The Little Prince 4D. And as well as entertaining guests this latest attraction is the first addition that will help the park mark its 25th anniversary, which is being officially celebrated as of this month, December 2011.
The Little Prince 4D begins with an immersive pre-show experience created by Joravision, after which visitors move into the new theatre to view the newly adapted film in which director Ben Stassen has devised a new adventure for The Little Prince. In the film the character travels from one planet to another, accompanied by his faithful companion, the Fox, as he searches for his beloved Rose.
Unlike the more familiar seated viewing arrangement for guests in such attractions, this latest addition to Futuroscope sees visitor standing on platforms designed by Simworx and equipped with a variety of special effects to provide the 4D element. Throughout the over 12 minute adventure, sensory effects accompany The Little Prince as he moves from universe to universe, including floor vibration, rain, clouds, leg ticklers, smoke, air blasts, floor drops and bubbles. Special effects lighting is also incorporated into the attraction, along with surround sound.
Uniquely, The Little Prince attraction also features 14 giant balloons which hang from the ceiling and symbolise the different planets visited by the film’s lead character. Guests are able to touch and ‘throw’ these as they drop down to the audience.
Commenting on the installation, Simworx Managing Director Terry Monkton said: “Futuroscope is a highly regarded, prestigious venue and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the park on The Little Prince 4D attraction. The project has given us the opportunity to show off our capabilities in creating custom installations with a custom designed, moving floor that is ideal for The Little Prince film experience. We are very happy with the end result and how it has been received by the park’s visitors.”