Ever since I discovered them, dark-rides have held a place in my heart. Not a day goes by when I'm in the mood for a lap on 5th Dimension or Professor Burp's... Even though I never got the privilege to experience either. However, I'm always trying to re-create famous theme-park scenes. I tried to re-create the Vampire Organist and Nemesis Sub-Terra in my room once. I'm never (well, almost never) short of ideas. I frequently dream of my own dark-rides, but sadly never get to make them... So why not post them on a forum?
My first concept is heavily based on Hex. It's called "Rope: The Cold Room". It features several pre-shows before the ride, which is a set of ABC Drop-Towers.
You enter a large show-building, reminiscent of The Towers Ruins. The queue line is very similar to that of Hex, minus the televisions. Before you enter the cinema, a voice-over explains the following:
"During the eighteenth century, the world was much more sinister and strict. For stealing bread you could be severely punished... But nothing could prepare the judges for the controversial hanging of Hannah Whitfield..."
The doors then open into the cinema. The story is explained to guests, with much more theatrical brilliance than my simple script:
"The year was 1867. Among the streets of London lied the decrepit house of Hannah Whitfield, renowned across the black-market for her unusual sixth sense... As she failed to pay her taxes, the Police stormed to her house to evict her. But they where not prepared for her curse. They tried to prosecute her for witchcraft, but Whitfield escaped to the nearby countryside... News of the hunt quickly stormed up across the country, ultimately leading to Whitfield's eventual death..."
The next set of doors open, meaning the guests enter the second pre-show. This is where the secret element lies, which is a tilting floor.
Unlike Duel, where the floor is at a fixed position, hydraulics allow this floor to tilt. Guests enter the room at a level angle, but in certain sections of the show, the floor tilts.
The televisions turn on after a brief strobe and lightning SFX. The TVs blurts out:
"Before Hannah Whitfield could get too far, the arrogant Judge Hopkins stalked her and grabbed hold of her. She was taken to the malevolent Towers to be hanged as a consequence. As if asked if she had any final words, she placed a hex on anyone who prosecuted her and betrayed her. She raised high as furniture shook [floor starts shaking mildly] and the windows smashed... And then... She dropped dead [floor stops at an awkward tilted angle]."
Guests leave the room, confused at the floor beneath. They then take their seats (arrangement like that of Ghost at LL Billund), with each row holding 20 riders. Unlike other ABC towers, the seats manually move, jerk and drop at random. These have "Vest-Restraints". During the two-minute sequence, guests are dropped several times, held straight up and straight down. There are air-cannons placed by the "windows" to give the illusion that they are being smashed. The windows themselves are screens and their visuals explode at the correct time. The room is where Hannah Whitfield would have been hanged. The guests then exit the attraction.