For several years, the Puy du Fou, second theme park in France with 2 millions of visitors per year, sought a technological solution to fulfil a dream: that of using the skies of the Cinéscénie show as a stage. The meeting between Nicolas de Villiers and Moïse Rogez in 2015 allowed to take up this new challenge.

The Pixiel Group teams therefore invented and produced a tailor-made, reliable, robust and simple-to-use solution for the volunteers at Puy du Fou and the first scenery elements were unveiled in the 2016 season, after less than a year of cooperation.

For this project, Pixiel Goup obtained exceptional authorisation from the DGAC to fly within proximity of the public by guaranteeing a maximum level of safety.

 

Nicolas de Villiers, CEO of Puy du Fou describes the achievement

«The beauty of Neopter is that you only see the scenery element that it is carrying. It is a genuine surprise from an artistic standpoint and opens up extraordinary opportunities for the worldwide entertainment industry. We created unprecedented sequences during our night shows. The choreography of the scenery elements floating between land and sky is reproduced with great accuracy, several times a week, within three different sequences.»

Evolutionary potential

In 2016, the solution was used to create a sequence representing a giant chandelier in the sky.
12 luminescent elements served as candles formed the chandelier above the castle and reflected off the water.

In 2017, the solution was used to reproduce the first achievement by once again pushing back the technological frontiers: the drones were programmed to carry out 3 different choreographed sequences per night and to lift 3 new sceneries.

In 2018, the Puy du Fou park order 10 additional drones for a total fleet of 30 drones. The technological prowess of this new version allow to create new scenic elements and add magic to new artistic scenes.

During each season, ATMOS provided assistance and training to the teams of volunteers at Puy du Fou via the Ecole des Métiers du Drone.

A few figures

  • 25 engineers prepared this project
  • 30 volunteers were trained
  • Fleet of 30 Neopter drones
  • 3 scenery creations
  • 3,300 flights conducted over the three seasons
  • 14,000 spectators/ show