First-of-Its-Kind Theme Park Show Debuts in France

August 8, 2022, 5:38 PM · An award-winning prototype attraction we first showed you from the IAAPA Expo in Orlando in 2016 now has made its theme park debut.

Tornado Chasers is now open at French theme park Futuroscope. It's the world's first installation of the Dynamic Motion Theater from Dynamic Attractions. Guests sit on a spinning theater platform from which they watch a 5,000-square-foot circular screen, enhanced by live action, LED projections, and special in-theater effects.

I haven't been able to make it to France to see the show, but this has been one of my most-anticipated theme park tech projects even since I saw the first concept video at IAAPA. Putting guests in the middle of a simulated tornado chase seems like a perfect application for this technology, though it really makes me wistful for an alternate reality where Universal Studios Florida opted for this as an upgrade to its old "Twister" show, rather than gutting the building for its current The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon attraction.

Anyway, here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tornado Chasers, for those of you who would like to learn more about this new show and its development. [Turn on Closed Captions, then change the settings to auto-translate to English in the player below, if you don't speak French.]

If you have been to Futuroscope this month and have a first-hand review of Tornado Chasers to offer, we would love to hear from you in the comments.

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Replies (6)

August 9, 2022 at 12:35 PM

Wow, this seems so cool and as Robert mentioned perfect for a Twister update. I did enjoy the practical sets of Twister but how about combining this with a portion of the ride in which the theater moves between sets. Kind of like how the elevators on Tower of Terror do before settling in their respective elevator shaft. In this case the theater would travel through a practical set and then end with its climactic part as shown in the video.

Nevertheless, lets see if America adopts this interesting tech somewhere.

August 9, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Man, if one person gets sick on this and throws up, you'd have a spinning vomitorium that would rival the pie-eating scene in Stand By Me.

August 9, 2022 at 1:22 PM

After hearing thecolonel's statement...

Line to the attraction slowly starts to get lighter as people subtly exit...

August 9, 2022 at 3:04 PM

Instead of Twister, why not NOPE? Given rumblings from Jordan Peele himself regarding more NOPE films, this would be perfect for Universal Parks. Maybe even find a way to work in physical sets and then reveal the screen. Lots of exciting potential with this tech!

August 9, 2022 at 5:11 PM

Can the screen extend overhead? Then NOPE could work.

I'm thinking this tech could really spice up Canada Far and Wide at EPCOT. A Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara voice-over demands more action and intensity.

August 9, 2022 at 7:57 PM

You can watch this show by downloading some streaming app at https://uptomods.com/

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