French park Le Pal is a hybrid; a zoo and amusement park rolled into one, with a focus on family friendly fun. This demographic has to be taken into account by park management when selecting a new ride, as the new attraction must provide good sensations while not being too scary.
The Yukon Quad, based on an Intamin design, meets these requirements as the long track doesn’t have inversions or steep drops, but does include two sequences of strong accelerations at the beginning and middle of the track. Each time, a group of 40 launch motors propels the train to more than 90 km / h.
The ride’s theme – a mine located in a forest – blends seamlessly into the park’s surrounding greenery. Before the launch, the train moves to a wooden mine corridor area, isolated behind two show doors, and passengers are contained in the space until the quad engines start whirring. After a moment, a countdown is given visually by a signal located above the exit gate, and at the end the exit doors open and the train is launched at full speed in an explosion of sound.
For Julien Levaufre, the designer of the lighting system and installation supervisor, the main issue was to stick to Le Pal desires while providing a simple, functional design, and Tejix also produced the audio media that is mixed into the attraction.
“The use of techniques and products that we master perfectly allows us to quickly achieve a high level of quality during the adjustment phase,” added Julien Levaufre.