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Dark Rides DARK IN THE PARK 2013

Following our annual round-up of dark rides last issue, here are a few more attractions that we are sure will fascinate readers – once again featuring a diverse range of themes. Read part one of Dark in the Park right now at

Dragons Wild Shooting Lotte World, South Korea

“Over the years, there have been various rides set within a medieval fantasy,” notes Phil Hettema, “however this is the first time guests have been immersed in a fairytale world inspired by children’s book art, with pop-up illustrations and whimsically stylised characters.” The president and creative director of The Hettema Group is talking

about Dragons Wild Shooting, a new interactive dark ride designed and produced by his company for Lotte World in Seoul, as featured on the front cover of last month’s Park World. The media-based attraction, with trackless ETF Mystic Mover ride vehicles and a game system and programming by Alterface, takes families on an adventure through a castle overrun by rowdy, silly, rambunctious dragons. “We love our great cast of characters!” smiles Hettema. “There’s a

wide variety of quirky dragons, but the glamorously zaftig Queen Dragon – whose minions scurry to fulfil her every need before she barbecues them – gets the biggest laughs in the show.” By hitting targets within the ride, passengers can trigger a variety of effects including air-blasting “firework dragons,” exploding powder kegs

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and eyebrow-scorching heat blasts. The combination of effects vary from ride to ride, ensuring Dragons Wild Shooting offers a personalised experience that encourages guests to ride again and again. “The greatest challenge was creating a seamless game-play

experience that integrated three-dimensional animatronic figures and interactive media targets with trackless ride vehicles, sound effects, music and special effects,” explains Seth Cover, director of creative services on behalf of The Hettema Group. The Los Angeles-based firm worked with the Lotte World

masterplanning team including WG Choi, Seung Yeun (Liz) Lee and Hoy Young Yi to retrofit the attraction into an existing space within a tight schedule. Additional subcontractors on the project included Pure Imagination (animation), Garner Holt Productions (animatronics), Lexington (set fabrication), Technifex (special effects), Tech MD (AV controls and system), Visual Terrain (lighting design), Bandit Lites (lighting systems), Martin Carrillo (sound system design) and Andy Garfield (composer).



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