Guests are welcomed into the area by a torn banner, which has been vandalized by the Gremlins- they’ve pained over the “Welcome”, and put silly scribbles.
The area itself looks just like a normal town square- but upon closer inspection, everything is a bit off. The bins are all dented, the paint is peeling and whenever someone flushes a toilet, a Gremlin is heard to say “mmmmm yum yum”. The shops of the area reflect this oddity theme.
One of the smaller facades holds a family walkthrough, dubbed “Peltzer’s Invention Hall”. It features many traditional illusions and fun house activities such as trommel tunnels, mirror mazes, ending in a slide. Each element is themed to one of Rand Peltzers (broken) creations. It’s a small attraction to entertain everyone, and for those too scared for Gremlins: The Ride.
The façade for Gremlins: The Ride is themed to Mr Wings Chinese Mystery Emporium. The queue takes guests through the backstreets of the area, establishing it as an unusual, perhaps dodgy area.Preshow
A large group of guests are led into Mr Wings shop itself. It’s a small room but is littered with ancient, mysterious artefacts. The smell of incense sticks fills the air, accompanied with a thin smoke shrouding the room, and the shop is very dimly lit.
On a high up shelf sits a dusty old box, where Gizmo is presumably sitting. The box occasionally shakes as he sings his song.
When everyone is inside, the door slams shut with a loud bang, and all the lights disappear. A few seconds of the inky blackness, before Mr Wings frail voice is heard;
“With Mogwai comes much responsibility. There are three rules about Mogwai. Never show bright light. Never feed after midnight. Never get wet.”
After a few seconds pause, the audience are sprayed with water. A clock then can be seen hitting midnight.
Another pause, before some slow strobes show that there’s a Gremlin being lowered down into the audience via a rope. When he is a foot or so above them the lights stop so he can reset. A set of doors then open, leading through to a corridor that connects to the station.
This is a very smoky and twisty corridor, with a tilted floor effect, pulsating green and purple lights, married up to the bass-y 80’s theme tune. Station
The station is just as smoky, but is a much larger room. The concrete walls are covered with graffiti; some sparse, dead leaves cover the floor; traffic lights flicker between signals.
The ride itself uses Mack’s Inverted Power Coaster, similar to that of Europa Park’s Arthur. However, Unlike Arthur, the trains look hideously grotesque and slimy. The trains continuously move throughout the station.Scene One- The Kitchen
The train slowly moves into a houses kitchen. Everything seems normal at first- but not for long. The train slows down as the lights begin to flicker, and the oven begins to spark. A snarl is heard moving around the set, achieved by using the trains in-built speakers. Once it’s moved from right-to-left, the train moves on.Scene Two- The Box
The train crawls through into a much smaller, darker room. In here are three jack-in-a-boxes, lit by three individual spot lights. One opens suddenly, revealing a clown and its signature, sinister giggle. The second shortly follows and does the same. The third, however, is different. There’s a longer pause before this one opens. When it does open, the clown isn’t there, but a Gremlin instead. It chuckles and snarls, and some simple strobes reveal that there are more Gremlins behind.Scene Three- Up and out
This room is designed to look like the infamous Mrs Deagle of the film lives. Immediately after you enter the set, a Christmas Tree tumbles down towards the guests; it falls underneath their feet, narrowly missing. Gremlin creatures are seen wrangling in tinsel and threatening to throw baubles at the audience.
Once the train has been attacked by the tree, it moves on to see a staircase. Mrs Deagle is sat on a stair-lift, and it speeds up its designated ramp. As the chair reaches the top of the flight, the train speeds up with it, and follows it. The chair is ultimately thrown out of a window, and the train dives out of the house to mimic this motion.
The train flies down to ground level, and into the street as they twist down a tight helix, into another building.Scene Four- The Bar
The train slows down as it crashes through a hole that the Gremlins have already made. After a short corridor, guests enter the main bar room. In here are dozens of Gremlin animatronics, all performing different stunts. Some dance to the loud disco-music; some play cards; some demand more drinks from the struggling barmaid; and so on.Scene Five- The Chase
The train slows down in a pitch-black room before stopping. Silence. Without warning, a huge air cannon goes off, and strobe lights reveal a Gremlin driving a combine harvester. It drives towards the audience. As the vehicle gets closer, the ride-vehicle speeds off into a fast, roller-coaster finale. More strobe lights show that cars are being flipped, explosions are being set off, and that Gremlins are wreaking havoc amongst the city.
Once the train has slowed down, it goes through a simple corridor filled with very bright strobe lights, and silhouettes of Gremlins falling over. A grotesque, striped Gremlin is seen at the end of the corridor, crumbling away under the lights.Exit
The offload station looks very similar to the onload- however it is a separate room. Guests are led down a tight room where the ceiling isn’t very high off of the ground- in here, air-cannons fire to make guests jump. The exit then connects to the exit of the walkthrough attraction.
This was an odd project for me as I've always favored original ideas over IPs, but I shook it up a little and came up with this odd little thing. I'd like to say a huge thanks to those who helped me on this, and for to you for reading. Not a lot of people read these so when someone does it means a lot to me.
Have a very Merry Christmas!