French theme park Futuroscope has debuted what is possibly the first theme park ride that whisks you through time on a toilet seat. Yep, you read that right. Here are the details… ~Rick
Raving Rabbids Invade French Theme Park
by Alain Littaye
Disney and more blog
Futuroscope, the film and technology theme park (and 2nd in terms of attendance for French theme parks after Disneyland Paris) recently held a press event for the park’s new attraction: “Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine”. You may be familiar with the Ubisoft popular video game featuring the crazy Raving Rabbids – which are known in France as “Lapins Crétins” – and they are the inspiration for this time traveling attraction. The ride will open officially on December 21, but thanks to Max, D&M contributor and Dlrp welcome webmaster, we have pictures and a video of the full ride. Let’s go!
The Dutch creative company Jora Vision was hired for the design and engineering production of the new ride. In addition, Jora Graphics provided canvases showing the history and creative side of the Lapins Crétins and Jora Entertainment created the customized light and special effects for the immersive ride.
In “La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps” – Time Machine in English – guests walk aboard a vehicle to travel in time with the Raving Rabbids – from the Ice Age to Ancient Greece and then up to the moon – all thanks to the crazy rabbits’ laboratory. Jora Vision has used a combination of 3-D projections, light effects, customized ride vehicles and the newest interactive dark ride techniques to create a unique attraction. The ride use is located in the same building where the attraction “Les Animaux du Futur” was previously. According to Max, this new ride is much more fun.
A Raving Rabbids submarine stands in the garden near the show building entrance.
When guests enter, there is a pre-show called “Museum des Lapins Crétins” (Raving Rabbids Museum)…
…in which famous artwork is displayed with a Raving Rabbids twist.
Also on display are alleged Raving Rabbids historical items. The washing machine that you can see below in the foreground has some importance as you will see later in the ride.
Futuroscope managers wanted “La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps” to have plenty of humor and be fun for visitors of all ages. Once they exit the pre-show, guests arrive at the boarding room below. But wait. This looks like an entrance to the restrooms…
…with a sign on the doors showing a Raving Rabbid sitting on a toilet bowl and a restroom attendant on the TV screens above telling you that it’s time to make a toilet stop before embarking…
… but this is actually where guests will sit during the ride…
…on seats designed like toilet seats!
According to Max, the seats are foam and not hard plastic like real ones. The seats also drop at one point during the ride.
This is a time machine ride in which you travel with the the Raving Rabbids through different eras starting in the Ice Age and then through Ancient Greece, Native Americans era, etc… According to Max, the ride includes in-ride effects, mostly compressed air to simulate the touch on your leg by a mouse (in the first scene) or snakes (in the fourth scene, the best one ). The vehicle moves from one scene to another and in each scene guests face a 3D movie. Of course, the video below isn’t in 3D but it’ll give you an idea of how they use it.
My take on the ride itself. It looks very well done and is indeed full of humor, not always my favorite kind of humor, though… To be frank, it’s a delight of good taste and Gallic humor – it’s totally ironic, of course, you’ll see why… Anyway, it’s time to embark, and please note that the video of the ride itself starts just after a slide show of the pictures you’ve seen above.
Pictures and video: copyright Max Fan – Dlrp Welcome, Futuroscope
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