Challenge 2: Flat Ride
In the amusement park industry, flat rides are by far the most common attraction. Sometimes called carnival rides or spinners, flat rides come in many sizes, shapes, and forms. Some are simple rotation based rides, such as a carousel or twist. Some involve movement along a level plane, such as a bumper car ride or a whip. Some are more observation based, like a Ferris wheel, and some provide serious thrills, like an enterprise. However, putting a basic flat ride in a theme park is not enough...you must enhance the experience to make it fit.
For this challenge, you are to take a standard flat ride and transform it into a signature attraction. You may use a stock model flat ride or a reasonable variation on one, but you may not create a ride from scratch. How you enhance your attraction is entirely up to you, and you are welcome to add anything that will not compromise the safety of the ride. Heavy theming, enclosing the ride with special effects, adding interactive elements, creating a custom program, etc. are all fair options for this challenge. The size of your ride is up to you, but whatever you create should be a must ride experience at your park.
What qualifies as a flat ride? Generally, flat rides are defined either as rides where all motion takes place in a plane, or as attractions where riders remain at a constant distance from a fixed point on the structure. This means spinners, pendulum rides, and swing rides all qualify for this challenge. We will also allow small tracked rides (such as a whip or himalaya), attractions where riders drive around an arena (such as bumper cars), and drop towers (provided all motion is vertical). Roller coasters and dark rides (as well as other larger tracked rides) do not qualify for this challenge even if there is no elevation change.
For this challenge, your proposal should be 3-5 pages and should include:
-The name of the ride and its location in your park
-An 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), and approximate ride duration
-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 18th at midnight.
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