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Futuroscope to build €22M coaster for 2019

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  1. Coaster Hipster

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    Futuroscope's manager, Dominique Hummel, has recently announced the construction of a major roller coaster at the park for 2019. The coaster would cost 22 million euros, theming included, which would be the biggest investment of the park for a long while.

    Source in French: http://www.centre-presse.fr/article...ttend-pesquet-loeb-et-une-montagne-russe.html

    Additional info surfaced on the dedicated Futuroscope fan:

    - The coaster's height requirement will be 105 cm or 42 inches
    - It will be themed to a space adventure
    - Will have both indoor and outdoor sections
    - One of the element would be a freefall drop section of track.


    Source in French: http://www.forum-futuroscope.net/t829p30-projet-de-coaster-sur-l-espace-au-futuroscope-fin-2019


    Very interesting news. Futuroscope has never been coaster-focused. In fact, they only have one roller coaster and it's just a Sunkid Butterfly. But they have a strong financial momentum. I'm very curious how the regular Futuroscope audience will react to this departure from their usual style. It is a fascinating gamble that could well expand the park's reach.

    Futuroscope is one of the largest French amusement parks and is located near Poitiers, in the western-ish part of the country. It generally has a 2M visitors attendance.

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    peep Moderator Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Ah, glad to hear they've actually announced this. I remember seeing this rumoured as part of their long term plan years ago. I really like the park and sort of agree that it's a departure from their normal line-up but they've been increasing their ride line up for years. You could argue the room full of robo arms was their first departure into more thrill based attractions.

    Honestly excited to see what they're planning. I was thinking of visiting next year but maybe I'll hold off another year.
     
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    Oh wow this is fantastic news.

    I love Futuroscope, so I welcome this announcement. Wait and see now what they actually build, I just hope to god it's not VR!
     
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    This just popped up on reddit, the guy who posted it says it's going to be a Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster, which is a bit unusual considering all the facts that have been posted in the OP.

     
  5. Ian

    Ian From CoasterForce Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    Really? Hopefully the rest of the budget will go towards some sexy tech (not VR).
     
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    I'm sure there will be some sort of fancy theming/tech involved, as I can't see a Gerstlauer spinner on its own costing €22m.
     
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    Maybe it's one of those Gerst spinners with inversions? I could see something like the one in Japan with onboard music and some kind of laser show or mapping to enhance the sensation of spinning or speed.
     
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    Good budget, great opportunity and they choose to build that product. It's like The Wicker Man all over again.
     
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    I guess that the park's more aimed at families, rather than the kind of place for a big thrilling coaster? I don't know what the park's like at all really to be honest, but it strikes me as the sort of place which invests in theming and immersion rather than actual hardware.
     
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    ^ Apart from the fact they have built a Flying Theatre and other excessively expensive hardware?
     
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    Now that would be amazing! Gekion Live looks like a really good coaster!
     
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    Gonna be called 'Mission Kepler' apparently:
    https://rcdb.com/15444.htm
    I like it, because I like basically anything space-related.
    Yeah true, but Flying Theatre's are still family rides and I guess you don't actually spend that much on the hardware for a family coaster, because they're just not that big. So if the park caters for families, that would explain why they're putting so little of their budget into the actual coaster itself. But like I said, I don't know the park, so I could be talking absolute :emoji_poop:.
     
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    First thing that Mission Kepler reminds me of is Kepler 9, the ice planet on Galactica at Alton Towers.
     
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    Or Kepler the astronomer, laws of planetary motion guy...
     
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    Apparently this will be the 3rd ever Intamin spinner to open:-

    Not sure how true this is though.
     
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    Well there are 3 Twist and Turn coasters operating so nope not true!
     
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    Seriously. Wouldn't it have been easier (And no doubt more correct) to go
    "Oh I'm sorry I didn't know about the Twist And Turn coasters I'll change the original post"
    Done, sorted.

    Anyway this should be interesting. Spinning with a Drop Track by the sounds of it? That should be a first right?
     
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    Winjas aside, I believe that would be the first.

    As you may know, Intamin actually already showed an animated concept for a New gen Spinner back at EAS 17, with also a Tilt Track element another option:

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    (Pics 1 and 2 are from myself, and the last one comes from Kirmes & Park)

    Quite curious about how intense this will be. Tornado Bakken is said to be quite the wild spinner, despite its low height. Since this is Futuroscope's first major coaster, I wonder if park management (and CDA operatives further up) chose a milder layout, especially considering the French public is sometimes perceived as unaccustomed when it comes to extreme rides. I understand the layout went several modifications and iterations, which makes me even more curious...
     
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