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T-Rex appeal


Movie Park launches Lost Temple


The world’s first


Immersive Tunnel from Simworx has opened in Germany as part of an elaborate new attraction that plunges passengers deep into a dinosaur encounter. But will they escape? Owen Ralph reports from Movie Park





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BELOW: Movie Park general manager Wouter Dekkers at the entrance of the Lost Temple


e have created something that you cannot find in any other theme park,” announces Movie Park general manager Wouter


Dekkers. “At the heart of the attraction is a two-minute 3D ride film, comparable in length to a coaster, but we wanted to build a unique 360° experience around it. The Lost Temple takes visitors on a 15-minute journey into an amazing prehistoric world they will never forget.”


Visitors making their way over to the former Movie Magic Hall just off the park’s entry plaza will find a relatively discreet looking entrance leading them towards an apparent excavation site over an abandoned mine. Here the English archaeologist Dr Jeffrey Carter has made an amazing discovery: an ancient temple filled with the amazing artefacts of a lost civilisation. Movie Park guests can join him by taking an elevator “700 metres” down into the depths of the mine. In fact they remain at ground level, but an impressive simulation effect convinces them


otherwise and when they exit into the next pre-show area they find that the temperature has plunged along with the elevator (actually they have only moved a few metres to the left).


Dr Carter can be seen on screen as he relays a report to mission support. But soon all communication is lost as a rumble is heard in the background, and rocks begin to move around the guests, or “explorers”. It’s almost as if someone, something, is making footprints overhead. There’s only one way to find out what is causing the disturbance, and soon explorers are ushered towards one of two expedition vehicles as they prepare to embark on an action-packed adventure to find the Doc. The attraction uses the latest 3D animation and large screen projection techniques combined with a ride system from Simworx to immersive audiences in the action as fierce prehistoric creatures surround the vehicles ...non too happy that Dr Carter and his colleagues are driving around their forgotten surroundings. Then, just when they think the experience is over, guests are given one last dinosaur encounter as an animatronic T-Rex roars at them from behind a cage as they make their way out of the ride building!


So why a media-based attraction? “Originally we looked at a rollercoaster,” reveals Dekkers. “but in these uncertain times coming out of the financial crisis we decided to go a little bit safer on the investment side. We looked last year to our sister park Tusenfryd in Oslo, which had just done a Thor-themed dark ride, but when the guys from Simworx came to us with the Immersive Tunnel we realised that we could create something really unique. It’s all about going back to storytelling, which is in our DNA as a movie theme park. We did it with Nick Land, Van Helsing and last year with the Ninja Turtles driving school. It doesn’t always have to be film-related, but it does have to have a strong story and media-based attractions are one way of delivering that.”


52 SEPTEMBER 2014


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