Attractions Management Issue 2 2018

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●●●Filmmaker Luc Besson (right) previously worked with the Mack family to turn his Arthur IP into Europa-Park’s Minimoys Kingdom

‘Sensational space story a perfect fit’ for new Mack VR coaster, says Michael Mack


ack Rides has teamed up with acclaimed film director Luc Besson to develop Eurosat Coastiality, a brand new VR dark coaster experience at Europa-Park. Expected to open this summer, Eurosat Coastiality is based on Besson’s 2017 blockbuster, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and will take riders on an epic space-themed adventure. It will be located inside the Eurosat sphere in the newlyrenovated France-themed area of the park, and will share its home with the Moulin Rougethemed Eurosat-CanCan Coaster. It will be the first attraction of its kind to host two rides, which use the same track, within the


same space, and will feature a second station with a shift track and separate trains in order to accommodate the experience. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets on Eurosat Coastiality will

●●●Michael Mack, MackMedia

be both exceptional and exclusive,” explains Besson, chair of French motion picture company EuropaCorp. “I cannot imagine a better partner for the Eurosat Coastiality project,” says managing partner of MackMedia, Michael Mack. “The combination of Luc Besson and Valerian’s sensational space story is a perfect fit for us. I am happy to pick up on the popular space

theme and offer it once again to our visitors,” Mack adds. Mack Rides will work with VR Coaster to create and install the technical elements of the ride, while Mack’s media development arm, MackMedia, will create the 360-degree content for the rollercoaster, which riders will view on a VR headset.

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