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Storm Coaster Sea World surges into 2014!


Billed as “one of the most sophisticated and


technologically advanced rides ever seen in the country”, Storm Coaster debuted in time for the Christmas/new year season at Sea World on the Gold Coast in Australia. Set inside a hurricane-torn shipping port, the attraction also represents the first turnkey theming and special effects project for Dynamic Motion Rides


Dynamic Motion Rides produced all of attraction’s theming and special effects


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nstalled by park owner Village Roadshow at a cost of AUS$20 million (US$18m/€14.5m), Storm Coaster is believed to represent the largest single investment ever for a theme park attraction in Australia and, a Sea World spokesperson assures us, “it’s worth every cent.”


A large part of that budget went on the ride system by Mack, which enjoys the distinction of being the nation's first combination of flume ride and


rollercoaster. Yet whereas as on many water rides the action is over as soon as the boat hits the splash pool below, on Storm Coaster the fun is only just beginning. Dynamic Motion Rides (DyMoRides) has created a richly themed and action-packed environment that keeps riders’ on the edge of their seats until the very minute the eight-passenger boats pull back into the loading area.


After the coaster portion of the ride, the vehicles dive down through an upside down hull of a container ship, complete with rotating propeller and water effects and into the splash-down inside the building. DyMoRides’ work on the attraction included the design and production of all the show sets and theming, show control, lighting, audiovisual and special effects including fog, steam, simulated flame effects, a water curtain, water cannons, water deluge and a water surge that buoys up the hull of a sinking ship. One way or another you are going to get wet! “We had to be very innovative to meet the creative intent approved by Village Roadshow, whilst also meeting their financial expectations,” says DyMoRides joint CEO David Vatcher. “The team responded to every challenge in delivering a compelling guest experience of survival through this hurricane-torn port.”


Ship shape theming The massive show sets of the ship’s engine room and electrical panel were designed and constructed in modular fashion so that they could be built off-site and then installed as soon as the main ride was completed. This approach minimised the installation timeframe. The upside down hull was virtually the last item to go in as it has to be constructed on-site after the building cladding had been put in place.


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