As I noted in my previous post, I have thought of a new (read: probably impossible) ride system. This concept is 'the trackless roller coaster', an innovative new way to merge the magic of trackless dark rides and thrills through guest interaction. Let me explain how it works...
You board a trackless vehicle (let's say there are four six-person vehicles each ride). They enter a showroom, where they gather around a central set piece. They then dance around this ballroom, and enter individual rooms. Your vehicle attaches to a track and/or motion base, which allows you to experience the ride segment. You then return to a redecorated ballroom, and then experience another segment. This goes on until the grand finale, in which you all board the same track and enter a roller coaster-like portion. Your vehicle slides off, and you exit the ride.
Another option is to mix dark ride portions with thrills where the guests onboard decide which track to connect to (which changes based on story and thrill elements).
This could be used as a new form of storytelling, where theming is rich and the story is thin, while managing to be deep (there is a large plot, but the ride is focused on the experience).
Comment suggestions of how to expand upon or utilize this concept!Tweet
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