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FUN AT LA RONDE

La Ronde was great fun for everyone.The designers of this project travelled around the globe to draw inspiration from the world's best amusement parks. They even received personal advice from Walt Disney. The Expo-Express brought 22.5 million visitors to La Ronde during Expo 67. Visitors could also take a cable car from the Expo-Express station: this route offered a spectacular view of the site and the lac des Dauphins.

The more classic rides, such as the Ferris wheel and the carousel, stood alongside new amusement rides. The Gyrotron, the star attraction at La Ronde, promised a simulated visit to space followed by a virtual journey to the earth's centre where visitors were confronted by a mechanical monster. However, it was not as successful as the designers had hoped because its cars had to slow down due to safety concerns.Other rides included the Spiral, which took passengers to the top of a 60-metre (200-foot) tower, and the popular Pitoune, a sort of boat that resembled a tree trunk with seats and offered an aquatic roller-coaster ride. Younger visitors enjoyed the Monde des petits, with a train, mini-cars, slides and other rides designed for children. At night, fabulous lights and beautiful fountains transformed La Ronde into an enchanting place.




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