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Funtasia Frightfest New Halloween event in Ireland

Two brand new Halloween attractions opened last month in Ireland as part of Funtasia Frightfest at Funtasia Waterpark in Drogheda, County Meath. Created by AtmosFEAR! Entertainment from the

UK, the family-friendly “Phantom Funtasia” was complemented by “Tunnel of Terror,” set inside a lunatic asylum. Both attractions were built from scratch incorporating live actors, special effects, scents and lighting and ran from October 22 to 31. Halloween’s routes can be traced back to Ireland, and Meath is believed to be the place where it all began. The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival is one of several local events celebrating the tradition.

Sleigh Ride 4D

Award-winning 3D animation studio Red Star has released a new film just in time for the festive season. Sleigh Ride is an enchanting comedy adventure suitable for the whole family. It’s Christmas Eve at the North Pole when Santa is accidentally knocked unconscious. Can his top reindeer fly his sleigh around the world and save Christmas? This immersive 9-minute 3D film experience is designed to include 4D effects such as water splash and wind blast, as well as cues for “5D” seat movements. A shorter 4-minute version is available for motion simulator attractions. Red Star is planning a Robin Hood 4D film for early 2011.

Funtasia’s Atlantis-themed play area Run by the McCormick family, Funtasia

Waterpark is a sister attraction to the Funtasia family entertainment centre (FEC) in Bettystown, both north of Dublin. With over 850,000 visitors last year, the Drogheda venue ranks as one of Ireland’s most popular attractions. As well as the Pirate’s Cove waterpark, there is also Indiana Jones style aerial assault course, Egyptian-themed bowling alley, Atlantis-themed play area, fairground rides, video games, simulators, crazy golf and a roller disco. For the adult guest, a luxurious gaming and bingo area are provided alongside the Pharaoh's Restaurant.

Funtasia Waterpark Simworx offers revenue share

As part of a series of 3D installations at UK attractions, Simworx recently supplied the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester with a 4D effects theatre. The 30-seat installation includes full 3 DOF (degrees of freedom) motion and a custom grandstand seating structure built over some existing original steps in the building. Chosen by the venue were two nWave films, Fly Me to the Moon and Pirate Story, shown every hour on the hour and on the half hour respectively. As well as the motion of the seats, effects include wind, bubbles, special effects lighting, low smoke and surround sound. The theatre is available to MOSI visitors for a fee of £3.20/2.50 (adults/kids) and operates at the museum

Happy Huss

Huss Park Attractions is to supply a package of three rides to OCT’s new Happy Valley park in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which opens next year. The selection includes a 120-metre-tall observation tower, Giant Frisbee and Top Spin.


A promotional image from MOSI in Manchester

on a revenue share basis with Simworx. A similar arrangement has also been agreed with the RAF Museum at Hendon, London, where a Simworx effects theatre is due to open any day now showing the award winning film B17 – The Mission. “The Manchester project represents a £250,000 ($405k/€285k) investment by Simworx,” reveals the company’s managing director, Terry

Monkton,“ and takes us further into the realms of being an operator. The museum already has a Morphis simulator in the Aviation Wing so we are delighted to be able to complement this.” “The films we chose had a nice link to our science collections,” adds MOSI’s Terry Hudgton. “Simworx has provided an impressive facility and we have been very satisfied with the quality and appearance of the theatre.” Simworx has also supplied 4D theatres this year to

the Land’s End visitor centre, Weston super-Mare’s Grand Pier and Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, with an additional theatre opening next spring at Alton Towers. SkyLoop NOVEMBER 2010

Maurer x9

Maurer Söhne will open nine new rollercoasters in 2011, including its first ever rides in China. For the O

World Joyland park in

OCT Group in China, the German manufacturer is supplying two SkyLoop rides, as well as another for the new W

Changzhou. These inaugural sales have been facilitated by a full time staff member who previously worked in China for Maurer’s bridge supply division. In Europe, a large number of deliveries are planned, including a SkyLoop for L Finland, launch coaster for B

Linnanmäki in Bayern Park in

Germany (see last issue or www.parkworld-, spinning coaster for B


in Belgium and both a spinning coaster and a launch coaster for R

Rainbow MagicLand near Rome.

Planned in the US, meanwhile, is a Wild Mouse for Six Flags New England in Massachusetts. According to Maurer’s Horst Ruhe, the SkyLoop is a hit with operators due to its small footprint and high visibility: “It’s a landmark attraction that people are fascinated by,” he says.

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