With Futuroscope, it was love at first sight!
I remember the day after the first time I went there. I must have been 7 or 8... I’m 33 today. I made a prism in my sandpit, put by football on top, and there you go: I had my own Futuroscope at home! And then I took every opportunity to lay my eyes on it, even from afar. Its neo-futuristic architecture is amazing to behold!
We’ve moved since then. We’re 300 miles away now, but I make the trip to Futuroscope once or twice every year, mostly with my wife and daughter. She’s been a fan ever since she was born... and not by half either! She’s three now, and knows the names of all of Futuroscope’s buildings.
"Me and my daughter have a routine..."
Your habits change when you have a kid: I used to head straight for Arthur, the 4D Adventure, and I always had to do Dynamic Vienne. But now, we have a routine with our daughter: a few rides on the Gyrotour, and then La Forge aux Etoiles. Those are her favourites. I also like to slip off for five minutes by myself to sip on a coffee or something at the Aerobar, with my feet hanging in the air 35m up.
Futuroscope is a theme park in a class of its own. We don’t come for the zoo and the big 8. For us it’s all about learning and new experiences. There’s plenty to be curious about and see lots of things in a different light...
When Futoroscope opens, everyone heads left to try the Extraordinary Journey and the Raving Rabbids. Go the other way to beat the crowds and start with the attractions at the back of the park: Dances with Robots, Arthur, etc. Head back towards the entrance in the afternoon.
Attractions in model form
I got the idea of making models when I was a teenager. I wanted toy versions of the attractions. And since there weren’t any, I decided to build them. I’ve been able to show my models to the theme park, and we regularly stay in touch so that I can show them my new ones.
While Futuroscope is my spiritual home, Poitiers is first and foremost part of my childhood. It’s a chance to go back to my roots, something I need to do at least once a year. I love visiting and revisiting the area.
Futuroscope uses the Lineberty app that lets you book a place in a “virtual” queue for an attarction. You get a notification on your phone when it’s your turn. For rides like The Extraordinary Journey, waiting times are around 10 min with the app, compared to an hour and a half in the physical queue.