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Park News
Laser Raiders
Legoland dark ride holds a secret!
Sally Corporation’s latest interactive dark ride, Laser
Raiders opened recently at Legoland Windsor near
London as part of the new Kingdom of the
Pharoahs area. The 7,000 sq ft rides features 10 black-lit scenes including
the popular Lego characters Johnny Thunder, Miss Pippin Reed and Dr Kilroy.
Riders must rescue Pippin Reed from Sir Sam Sinister and stop him stealing the
treasure of the ancient temple. Only by hitting the targets scattered throughout the
ride can they win this battle. Ten custom Lego-style Jeeps equipped with laser
blasters carry riders through a spider’s lair past a performing skeleton band, into
the professor’s lab, into the midst of exploding dynamite and the path of a
moving, spiked wall, among other hair-raising scenes. The final scene has big twist
and a dramatic ending.
While the ride is very similar to the Sally-built Lost Kingdom Adventure at
Wake Nation
Legoland California, which opened last season, one big difference is a secret
bonus target. “When a guest hits the special target, an additional 7,007 points will
Wake Nation Cincinnati, a watersports’ complex dedicated to wakeboarding,
show up on their score,” reveals Sally’s vice-president of technical services, Ray
wakeskating, water skiing and knee boarding, has opened in Fairfield, Ohio,
Dominey. “There are 90 targets in the ride, and there’s no way to tell which is the
just outside Cincinnati.
special one – until you hit it!”
“Wakeboarding is America’s fastest growing water sport,” says Wake Nation
owner Peter Kennedy. “Essentially it’s a combination of water skiing and
Zip-Line debuts at Dollywood
snowboarding. Wakeboarders ride on a board slightly larger than the size of a
snowboard and ride on top of the water at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour.”
Guests at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, can fly like an eagle over the
What makes Wake Nation so unique is that riders are pulled around a lake
150-acre property as they experience the new SkyZip, the first multiple station
not by a motorboat, but by a high tech “cable-pulley” system, developed by
zip-line experience at a US theme park.
Rixen in Germany. There are only six other cable water parks in the US, most of
“SkyZip is the first of a series of premium experiences Dollywood plans to
them in Florida and Texas.
launch in the coming year,"
reveals park president Ken Bell.
The hour-long SkyZip
adventure includes up to five
zip-line treks ranging in length
from 100 to nearly 1,000ft in
length, plus a 100ft long
swinging bridge perched
above the trees.
The new attraction is
powered by Hawaii-based
Skyline Eco-Adventures. Park
guests must pay an additional
fee of $40 to sample it.
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