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Re: Dark ride ideas

Fri May 25, 2018 11:26 am

My feeling in enclosing The Smiler is that it would be a lot of cost for not much benefit. Something like Air is in far more need of investment/retheming.

I'm hoping for something in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory building. A indoor water ride would be quite nice with the lack of log flumes in the park - I would love something Valhalla-esque.
 
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Re: Dark ride ideas

Fri May 25, 2018 6:41 pm

I agree with you entirely, it probably would be a lot of cost for not a lot of benefit, I personally think that a dark coaster is something that the park should have, Smiler just happens to have the right track layout to do it with a fairly standaard warehouse type structure.

With regards Valhalla I haven't ridden it myself but I have seen the on ride video and I think something similar would be a great addition to the park.

Air/Galactica my personal opinion is that its a great idea with, and I hate to say it, an awful track layout. It's meant to give the feeling of flight, but you spend half the track on your back like an upside down turtle or ladybird.

I'd like to see something like Chessington's Vampire combined with the Air harnesses, so you get the free swinging around the corners to give a proper feeling of flight with nice sweeping corners and drops.
 
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Re: Dark ride ideas

Fri May 25, 2018 9:35 pm

Guitar wrote:
Air/Galactica my personal opinion is that its a great idea with, and I hate to say it, an awful track layout. It's meant to give the feeling of flight, but you spend half the track on your back like an upside down turtle or ladybird.

I'd like to see something like Chessington's Vampire combined with the Air harnesses, so you get the free swinging around the corners to give a proper feeling of flight with nice sweeping corners and drops.

I had a soft spot for Air. It was my first ever "upside down-y coaster". However I completely see what you mean about its layout. Doesn't make for a bad experience for me, but it certainly isn't "flying"!

Really like the idea of a swinging flying coaster though! I'd love for one of the big flying coaster manufacturers (likely either B&M or Vekoma) to look into something like that in the future! 
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Re: Dark Ride Ideas

Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:20 pm

Something along the lines of The Mummy ride at Universal would be great! Something along the lines of escape. The Mummy's strength is that you don't know which way to are going to go next whilst trying to escape from the Mummy. Forwards, backwards, spiralling down a drop.. Team it with some nice effects and a reasonably family friendly villain / villainess and you could be onto a winner. Sure the creative team could come up with something.
 
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Re: Dark ride ideas

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:25 pm

Robert.W wrote:
The only issue I would have if The Smiler was enclosed would be what would it look like from the outside? Surely this would cause a bit on an eyesore? Having said that, I'd imagine the things that could be done on the inside could create a truly phenomenal experience, perhaps at a Disney level, if done well...

I think it would be really cool and would add some difference to the rest of the X-Sector if the outside was themed and looked like the large building ran by the Ministry of Joy, in the trailers leading up to The Smiler, you know? That building, with the Advocates dancing in a circle outside, or maybe, some sort of bunker or something themed to a Ministry of Joy testing area.
I know this would never happen, but if that were to happen, imagine the que being closed of from the ride as well, to make it look like your in a huge normal building. Then, when you enter the strobe room and the station, which has a distinct aesthetic to the rest of the building, you'd be creeped out as you realise the whole building actually incases a huge beast of a ride. The theming and objects on the rides could be lit up, now that would be a spectacular dark ride, beyond Disney level. Just imagine!
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Re: Dark Ride Ideas

Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:20 pm

I have a whole blog of dark ride ideas, with illustrations, free to use (aslong as someone else hasn't patented them) by anyone including AT, no honey traps:
https://mattsdesignsblog.wordpress.com/page/1/

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