Welcome to Challenge 2 of Theme Park Apprentice 7. Before we get to the challenge, here are the current standings:
1st: Juan Hamilton - 26.7 points
2nd: Douglas Hindley - 22.2 points
3rd: Keith Schneider - 21.1 points
4th: Karina Bhattacharya - 18.9 points
5th: Tyler Harris - 16.7 points
6th: Jeff Elliott - 13.3 points
7th: Andy Teoh - 12.2 points
8th: DPCC inc. - 11.1 points
9th: Brett Angwin - 7.8 points
Now, here is your challenge...
Challenge 2: Cedar Fair’s New Direction
Long known for thrill rides, Cedar Fair has recently installed dark ride attractions at Canada’s Wonderland (Wonder Mountain’s Guardian) and Knott’s Berry Farm (Voyage to the Iron Reef). After the success of these two attractions, Cedar Fair has made the decision to go ahead and plan more dark rides for their remaining parks. Due to your previous success, you have been hired as a consultant for the project and have been asked to pitch a concept attraction for one of Cedar Fair’s parks (excluding Canada’s Wonderland and Knott’s Berry Farm). Cedar Fair requests an attraction that:
-Utilizes a commercially available ride system, either a roller coaster system or dark ride system
-Does not require the purchase of IP and is instead themed to fit into the selected park
-May contain thrill elements, but is not entirely focused on them
-May or may not contain interactive elements
-Does not have a large number of complex animatronics to keep the budget reasonable
Your proposal for this challenge should be 3-5 pages (not including pictures) and should include:
-The name, type, and theme of your attraction
-The location of your attraction, both the park and the themed area
-A description of the queue and station area for your attraction
-A complete description of the ride experience, including all significant elements of each scene
-Anything else you feel will benefit your proposal
-If you choose to use complex animatronics, keep it to one or two figures. You may use a large number of simple animatronics, however. If you're not sure which it is, a simple animatronic has only a couple points of motion and moves on a loop while a complex animatronic is semi-lifelike and is typically triggered as ride vehicles approach.
-If you incorporate thrill elements, keep them limited. For example, a drop track or short roller coaster section (10-20 seconds) would be fine, but an attraction with a few dark ride scenes separated by lengthy roller coaster elements would not.
-Your attraction should be family friendly. Something designed exclusively to scare riders (such as a ride-through Halloween Haunt maze) would not be the best option for this challenge. If in doubt, ask yourself if you would take an average 6/7 year old child on the ride. If the answer is no, you may want to rethink it.
-Matt Ouimet has stated that Cedar Fair wishes to develop attractions that delve into the mythology of their parks. While this is not the required direction for this challenge, it may be a good starting point.
-If you need inspiration, take a look at the Calico Mine Ride, Timber Mountain Log Ride, and Voyage to the Iron Reef, all located at Knott’s Berry Farm.
All proposals must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, July 25th.Tweet
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