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ABC gets smart

“In this economic period of time the market is asking for lower priced attractions,” notes Alberto Brandestini of ABC Rides.

The Swiss company’s response to this trend is a new line of “smart rides,” offering simple movements combined with the kind of imaginative design ABC has become admired for. Around 20 concepts have been released, including the Raft Race, Marble Race, Tuk Tuk ride and new interpretations of a monorail, suspended coaster, jet ride, tower ride and various interactive carousels. “We hope that this product line will cater not only to the smaller parks, but also help the larger parks fill in their ‘gaps’,” adds Brandestini.

A couple of concepts are included here, and more will follow in future issues. To see the full range visit the ABC booth (# 3813) at IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.

Christmas in Tivoli LEFT: Ice Bear ABOVE: Marble Race

In the meantime, ABC is currently working on a freefall tower ride for the new Blackpool Dungeon in the UK following installations at various other Merlin-operated properties, as well as a number of water rides.

Halloween at Asterix Jora Vision, the Dutch design firm, recently

completed a “blood free” special effects haunted house as part of the Halloween celebrations at Parc Astérix near Paris. Peur (Fear) Sur Le Parc Astérix, which ran from October 23 to November 3, featured two haunted houses, roaming characters and a seasonal 3D film by nWave.

Jora Vision's contribution was a haunted house

featuring chromadepth effects guests see when they don special glasses. “They feel like they are walking into space,” explains Marjolein van de Stolpe, Jora's director of development and design.

During the day the attraction operated as a family experience, and then increased in intensity after dark. Van de Stolpe, who spent 10 years managing Halloween events at Walibi World in the Netherlands, notes that, “a lot of haunted houses are quite amateurish. The Asterix project is much higher quality.”

Due to start on November 12, the six-week-long Christmas in Tivoli celebrations will bring festive cheer to the heart of Copenhagen. New this year will be a 45-metre-long toboggan run (as above), where children can feel the wind in their hair when as they shoot down the slope on innertubes. The last few metres of the run are covered with a special material to stop passengers ending up in the Tivoli Lake!

Those wishing to visit Santa (and who doesn’t?) can find him inside Pixie Ville, where the Christmas Express takes passengers through a snow-covered landscape. As well as the main Christmas Market, a new market square next to the Tivoli Concert Hall will offer winter delicacies including caramelised apples, mulled wine and æbleskiver (Danish doughnuts).

Inside the concert hall itself, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! will be performed in Danish for the first time. As well as guest appearances from new Tivoli resident character Rasmus Klump, there will also be music and entertainment from the Tivoli Boys Guard and the Tivoli Pixie Band. Throughout the Christmas season, an ice sculptor will create sculptures inspired by winter themes. NImb, the park’s in-house gourmet restaurant, will also be getting in the festive spirit. Christmas in Tivoli will come to a close with a musical firework festival from December 26 December to 30

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Meet us at IAAPA in Orlando Booth #3813

APRIL 2008


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