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Triotech is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. After making a name for itself with 3D, 4D – and even ‘6D’ – effects theatres and motion simulators, the Canadian company has now made interactive dark rides a core part of its portfolio. After dipping its toes in the water last year with a project at


Tivoli Friheden in Denmark, the firm went big in 2014 with the introduction of


Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland – and more immersive experiences are on the way


Guests at Canada’s Wonderland prepare for an interative journey on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian


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people want to be inthe game. From two-years- old they know how to flip the page on a tablet. For the upcoming generations, if you don’t provide some level of interactivity there will be no interest from your guests. Christian Martin


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Triotech talks interactive dark rides


ow boasting hundreds of installations of all kinds in over 40 countries, Triotech’s first interactive dark ride – or IDR – was the retrofit it carried out last summer at Tivoli Friheden, in the city of Aarhus. Based on an old animatronics- based haunted house, this demonstrated the tremendous potential that technology, interactive technology in particular, can play in re-energising older attractions.


Opened this spring at Canada’s Wonderland outside Toronto, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian is a rollercoaster/interactive dark ride hybrid (see Park World, July 2014). Triotech contributed heavily to he immersive game-based experience. “The park had wanted to create an attraction centred on their iconic mountain for several years,” notes Eric Marradi, Triotech’s creative director and head of design. “When they approached us, there were two story elements that were fixed: the mountain and a dragon that had been introduced to Canada’s Wonderland guests in the past as part of special evening shows. In creating a media-based interactive dark ride experience, the game-play comes into the balance. We held creative sessions with our artists and the creative team of Canada’s Wonderland and [park owner] Cedar Fair. A medieval fantasy artistic concept was developed and the positioning of the attraction settled on. Targeted at kids and families, it had to be a little scary and not too cartoonish. Many different versions of Lord Ormaar, the dragon who


RIGHT: Media content from Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’ Wonderland


lives under the mountain, were prepared. There were plenty of little details that had to be perfect for this character to play his role in the adventure.” Once everything was approved, there remained the laborious process of 3D animation, but the results were worth it. Guests on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian enjoy many life-like moments in this make- believe adventure, which climaxes with a surprise element as fog envelopes the screen and, without warning, the train drops straight down into darkness. Triotech is currently installing another of its media- based interactive dark ride at the new park Hello Kitty park just outside Shanghai and is now working on several other projects that will be announced in the upcoming months.


“Dark rides have been around for decades,” highlights Triotech vice-president of marketing Christian Martin. “As indoor attractions they are not weather dependant. This is key in all kinds of

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