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Sky Calibre

World’s first vertical looping waterslide planned

Simworx takes Tayto Park into another dimension

Ireland’s only theme park is gearing up for the launch next month of Cú Chulainn, Europe’s largest inverted wooden rollercoaster (by Gravitykraft). But Tayto Park visitors to the park in County Meath, north of Dublin, can already sample a raft of new attractions from Zamperla, Severn Lamb, Simworx and Green Rhino Leisure during what is its biggest investment year ever. Simworx, from across the water in England,

Although there are other looping waterslide out there, the new Sky Calibre from Sky Turtle Technologies is the first to take riders through a full vertical loop. The attraction features a 90ft vertical freefall drop and a 30ft (9.1m) loop. There will be no skin contact with the fibreglass slide. To protect riders through the drop and give ten enough speed to get through the loop, they must climb into a foam and aluminium capsule fitted with a safety restraint system. Using the system, capacity is expected to be 180 guests per hour. The first unit is planned for Action Park, Vernon, New Jersey, in 2016. Further installation will be available

with either a spiral or standard staircase, a raft conveyor system and integrated spray system. Multiple flume sizes are available.

Holovis at AAE

Heading to Hong Kong next month to look for immersive ride experiences at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE)? Then add Holovis to your list. The British company will be exhibiting its VR dark ride concept, utilising 360° filming techniques and Oculus Rift headsets. After the show this will be uploaded to the Oculus download store, where it will be the first “real” ride experience to have been recreated on this platform. The experience is designed using a proprietary visualisation tool called RideView, created by Holovis to bring attractions to life in a virtual reality environment on a 1:1 scale, allowing designers of attractions to view their plans in 3D walk-through form. Booth 1738 is where to go if you want to check it out. AAE takes place from June 16 to 18.

Trans-Europa Express

Last month we wrote about the new Express Lane conveyor unit installed at Europa-Park as part of the German facility’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Well here it is! The airport-style transport system ensures visitors – especially those carrying young children, pushchairs or a little less able on their feet – can start enjoying the attractions sooner by zipping them in comfort from the car park to the main entrance, returning them safely to their cars again in the evening.

recently installed a “5D” special effects cinema in a new building, the first of its kind Ireland with moving seats. The 48-seats auditorium comes equipped with a 3-DOF motion base, providing left, right, forwards and backwards motion. A range of special effects are also included to immerse visitors in the action on screen, which initially will be provided by two nWave/Red Star films, Lost World and Wild West Mine Ride. Digital projection comes courtesy of Christie. “We added a 5D cinema because we were looking for an attraction that would be enjoyed by the whole family and could be refreshed year on year with a new movie,” explains Tayto Park managing director Charles Coyle. “We chose Simworx as we felt they offered the best value for money and also had the best quality product. We also took advice from other people in the industry and they came highly recommended. When we met with them we found they were a perfect fit for us.” “We are delighted to be working with Tayto

Park,” echoes Simworx managing director Terry Monkton. “The park is developing rapidly and has invested in many new attractions this year so I am very happy that Simworx has been able to contribute to this exciting growth.”

The 5D theatre is already a big hit with Tayto Park guests – but much more is on the way


MAY 2015

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