Parc du Futuroscope Poitiers Reviews
Theme park with a cinema focus Jul 01, 2012
Now 25 years old, the Futuroscope theme park is one of the most visited sites in France. The attractions are 25 theaters of varied technologies showing short (15-40 minute) videos. The technologies include large IMAX screens, 3D presentations, and films with moving or vibrating seats. One of the theaters involves large robotic arms moving pairs of seats in a dance movement times to the video.
In addition, there are large play areas targeted at children.
Unfortunately for anglophone visitors, the videos are all in the French language. Most can be enjoyed from the visuals alone, but an understanding of French is certainly an asset. It appears that there is a translation headphone available however.
When I visited here 20 years ago, everything could be seen in half a day. Now the number of attractions means a full day or more is necessary to see them all. Our visit this summer was only about 7 hours, so I managed to see only 8 of the films. Most of these run once an hour, and you may need to wait in line for some minutes before each.
The park is located midway between the cities of Chatelleraut and Poitiers off the A10 autoroute, and also has a TGV train station located in the park itself. I've been told that there's a local bus from Poitiers as well.
As for costs, I was there with my two daughters ages 17 and 15. Our tickets were 1 adult, 1 student, and 1 child and totaled 101 euros. If you can located a brochure before coming, then 3 euros per ticket can be saved. There is also half-price admission starting at 5:00pm, with the park closing at 11:00. Parking was 6 euros. Not cheap but reasonable compared to Disney parks.
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