How would you like to go on a submarine ride where you actually get wet?
Yeah, that sounds like an awful idea, at first. No one wants to be trapped in a sinking sub, wondering when your air is going to run out. That's not a theme park ride. It's a nightmare.
But what if you weren't sinking? What if you were safely dry from the chest up, with plenty of air to breathe, while water passed around you from the chest down? It'd be more like combining a diving helmet with a track ride.
That's what a company called Sub Sea Systems is offering with its new ride system, the Aquaticar, that it will show at an upcoming trade show in Dubai.
The two-person cars have height adjustable seating and a waterproof canopy that covers the riders' upper bodies, providing an air bubble for them during their underwater adventure. The car descends into an underwater pool, through which drivers drive on an customizable track as they go through any variety of environments or show scenes. Guests can steer the vehicle, but can't go off the defined track.
The propulsion system for the ride is pretty neat, too. Air registers embedded in the ride track release air into the vehicle as it passes over. That airflow not only fills the canopy, it also powers the car's "Bubble Engine," turning the car's wheels for a ride speed of about two miles per hour.
As a "wet" ride, the system likely would fit best at a water park that's looking to blur the lines between it and a theme park experience. (Oh heavens, I would love to see what Universal Creative could do with this at Volcano Bay.) But with two-person vehicles, a slow ride speed, and self-driving, the capacity on this likely pushes it toward an upsell or limited-attendance-park experience. That said, with the right designed environment to explore, this looks like a supremely cool experience, especially for kids.
Sub Sea Systems is showing a model of the Aquaticar system at the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure show, April 9-11 at the Dubai World Trade Center.Tweet
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