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Take a glimpse into the future at Futuroscope

According to the UK national newspaper The Daily Telegraph, France’s famous theme park  Futuroscope is “at once exhilarating, engaging and (don’t tell the children) educational.”

Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope, is a unique and fascinating theme park focusing on multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques.

Futuroscope

The park has a number of 3D cinemas and some 4D cinemas along with many other awe-inspiring attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world. Overall, there are more than 25 attractions, some of them award-winning.

The park is located  in the department of Vienne, 10 kilometres north of Poitiers in south-west France. It attracts approximately 2 million visitors a year with at least 40 million having enjoyed its attractions since it opened in 1987.

Futuroscope is popular with tourists and the French alike. According to a Futuroscope survey, 6 out of every 10 people living in or close to Poitiers would love to spend their weekend at the park.

The park, which has eight full-service restaurants as well as a number of shops, is a far cry from a typical theme park which normally conjures up images of gut-churning roller coasters and luke-warm fast food.

Instead, Futuroscope, with its relaxing landscape and 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside, is devoted to delightfully visual experiences and delicious food.

The park’s skyline is made up of space-age globes and rooftops shaped like towering crystal which promise a unique experience. Its numerous attractions will have you flying through the air on a magic carpet with birds and sea creatures beneath, setting off on a journey to the moon on an Apollo mission or dancing with robots. All this takes place without your feet even leaving the ground.

With the help of 3D, and even 4D, films on giant screens in custom-built cinemas, some of which are circular or spherical, the latest video techniques, virtual imagery and surround-sound, you will feel as if you are right in the centre of the action.

There are numerous shows to choose from throughout the day which climax at the end with a the Blue Note Mystery evening show – a fabulous display of  giant images merging with lasers, jets of flame and brilliant lighting effects.

Experience the Little Prince attraction with its thrilling sensory effects that recreates scenes from the famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and immerse yourself in Arthur, the 4D adventure, the park’s most popular attraction. Arthur recently received the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) award for outstanding achievement

One thing we do love about this park is that visitors are not be restricted to typical theme park fare of soggy chips, burgers and hot dogs. There are the usual French quick-meal options, such as crêpes, but Futuroscope also offers much more including a delightful gourmet experience at Le Cristal, which uses the ‘molecular cookery’ that has made Heston Blumenthal’s TV shows so popular. Making use of natural and local products and magical culinary skills, the food becomes part of the whole futuristic experience and is well worth sampling.

A day at Futuroscope is guaranteed to be action-packed and perfectly combines its offerings to appeal to all the family.

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