Challenge 1: Dark Ride
Dark rides are the heart and soul of most theme parks. While a dark ride may take many forms, they all have some common characteristics, namely that they take place indoors, follow a path through the attraction, and tell a story via show scenes containing props, audio, and special effects. Dark rides can range from a slow ride past recreations of iconic scenes to a wild high-speed escape from an adversary, but all maintain one cardinal rule: Story over thrills.
For this challenge, you must create a dark ride for your park. You are free to use any ride system you desire and any types of scenery desired. Additionally, there are no scale restrictions…a simple Fantasyland-esque dark ride will be judged equally to a major E-ticket level attraction. The only requirements are that your attraction is primarily indoors and, if you include thrill elements, that you ensure the story remains the focus for the entire experience.
What counts as a dark ride? Due to the nature of this attraction type, there are some gray areas. In general, enclosed roller coasters such as Revenge of the Mummy or Verbolten are not acceptable for this challenge. However, a roller coaster with a very limited coaster element, such as Blazing Fury or Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, may be used. Attractions centered around a thrill element, such as Radiator Springs Racers, are also not acceptable for this challenge. For the most part, anything else is acceptable as long as it conforms to the general rules listed above, but please ask the judges if you are unsure.
For this challenge, your proposal should be 3-5 pages and include the following:
-The name of your ride and its location in your park
-A brief overview of the attraction...think of this as what you’d find on the park’s website
-Technical specifications for your attraction, including ride type, manufacturer (if applicable), number of scenes, approximate ride duration, and a description of any interactive elements
-A detailed look at the attraction, beginning at the entrance and ending at the exit
-Anything else you feel is necessary to complete your proposal
All proposals must be submitted by Saturday, June 11th at midnight.Tweet
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