This new attraction gives visitors a chance to take the place of an astronaut, put their abilities to the test and see whether they have what it takes to go on a mission into space. The interactive pre-show immerses candidates of the astronaut training programme in a series of hands-on experiences to give them a sense of what space travel is like before they then board a spaceflight test vehicle. Passengers will be whisked along a rail ride lasting almost three minutes that takes them through multiple spectacular special effects that have never been seen before in France.
Riders on the roller coaster will be exposed to a sequence of spectacular phenomena indoors and outdoors featuring solar flares, magnetic fields, faster-than-light speed reaching 35 mph, and the final test - zero gravity.
"Destination Mars" promises a rush of new thrills; and while they are stronger than in all the other attractions at Futuroscope, they are still suitable for younger visitors who meet the minimum height requirement of 3’7”. There are no loop-the-loops, no travelling upside-down; just a nicely balanced selection of excitement, physical thrills and laughter for the family.
Space travel, a theme that is in Futuroscope’s DNA
Futuroscope has invested all of its in-house expertise and know-how in technology, set design and storytelling in Destination Mars. “This is the biggest investment (20 million euros, including 4.5 million from the Patrimoniale de la Vienne heritage management company) in an attraction since Futuroscope first opened,” states Rodolphe Bouin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Futuroscope.
Futuroscope’s industry-renowned expertise in combining technology with original narrative content is once again breathing life into one of mankind’s dreams - space travel, a theme that is integral to our DNA.