IAAPA is known for its coaster train reveals, but dark fans weren't left out at the annual industry convention this year. Two vendors revealed details from major new dark rides that will open at parks around the world next year.
First, Sally Corp. unveiled a Big Bird animatronic from Europe's first Sesame Street-themed dark ride, which will open at Spain's PortAventura World next year.
"Detective Grover will be your guide through this interactive adventure, urging guests to collect clues that will help solve a mystery happening on Sesame Street. With numerous animatronic characters, immersive scenery, and interactive gameplay, this mixed media attraction will appeal to guests of all ages," Sally said in a press release.
The 5:50 ride will include a 10-minute pre-show experience and eight projection screens, including four projection-mapped screens on dimensional sets with practical target integration, a 90-degree curved screen with animatronics and show elements, and two 180-degree screens that send riders through Count's Castle and into Oscar's trash can.
Later, Dynamic Attractions introduces its new "Duel Power Coaster" design, which it said will open in a park in Malaysia next spring. Featuring dual on-board LSM drives and a motion-platform, this coaster/dark ride hybrid is Radiator Springs Racers taken to the next level, with capabilities for drifting, inversions... and even simulated airtime. Check out the hype video:
Dynamic also announced that its Batman: Knight Flight robot-arm dark ride will open within the next month at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. (Actually, Dynamic's spokesperson never said the name of the ride and the park, because they never confirm clients, but I know that this is the ride in question. It's amazing, and might be worth a return trip to the UAE!)Tweet
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