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installations in North America, it has also been used on various dark rides and interactive attractions under the banner of LagoTrig. In fact, iy has been put to particularly good use in the walk-through Toverhuis (Magic House) attraction at Toverland in the Netherlands. Visitors can witness all manner of effects by pointing the magic wand towards a target and pressing a button. A variety of fun responses are triggered in response including curtains opening and closing, a bed moving, a frog crawling out of a bucket, magically growing plants and a farting witch! At the end of the game they can purchase a magic wand to take home.

Whilst guests plot their own way through the Magic House, there is no obvious game element or story for them to interact with as with some scavenger hunts, but nevertheless it is still an engaging experience thanks to the beautiful theming and wacky nature of the effects. There is, of course, nothing to stop other park operators using the LagoTrig as part of a more elaborate game- based experience.

Great Wolf Story Explorers As well as MagiQuest, Great Wolf Resorts also offers guests staying at its Pocono Mountains lodge in Pennsylvania an additional technology-based hunt game. Great Wolf Story Explorers ( explorers )is built upon a

proprietary software platform from Creative Kingdoms, which Great Wolf acquired in 2010.

After choosing a plush toy companion, based on the resort’s animal mascots the Great Wolf Kids, the child pauses to strike several pre-determined poses for a camera before embarking on a story told on a series of video screens. As they move from location to location, they must scan an RFID wristband worn by the toy.

Each time wristband is scanned, an animated video character comes to life on screen, telling more of the story, and guiding players to the next stop. After completing the entire storybook, players are given a keepsake of their adventure: a personalised storybook which integrates the photos taken at the beginning of their adventure with the illustrations.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom/Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure Even Disney’s getting in on the act, with two new scavenger hunt/interactive role-playing games at Walt Disney World resort in Florida. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (pictured) challenges guests to discover and defeat the Disney villains who are wreaking havoc behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom. Armed with special ‘magic’ cards, players follow symbols that lead them to hideouts in Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Main Street USA. Once there, they use their cards to access the villain’s lair and halt the evildoers in their tracks. Meanwhile over at EPCOT, the clumsily-named Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent

P’s World Showcase Adventure launches this summer, featuring characters from the animated Disney Channel series Phineas & Ferb. In the game, ‘secret agents’ will be taken on an interactive search throughout the Florida park’s World Showcase area as they attempt to help Agent P solve clues to thwart some of Dr Doofenshmirtz’s most daringly evil plots. To achieve this, guests will use special FONE (Field Operative Notification Equipment) devices.


ShowGuide Exhibitions and networking for attractions professionals

• March 6 to 8 IAAPA Leadership Conference São Paulo, Brazil +1 703 836 4800

• March 7 to 10

Halloween & Attractions Show America’s Center, St Louis, Missouri, USA +1 847 453 4285

• March 17 to 19 China Attractions Expo China National Convention Center, Chaoyang, Beijing +44 1298 813148

• March 20 to 22 RAAPA Expo VVTs, Moscow, Russia

+7 495 234 50 15 or +44 1905 360169

• April 11 & 12 China Theme Park & Resort Expansion Summit Venue TBC

+86 21 6085 1000

• April 23 to 25 DEAL 2013 Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE +971 4 3435777

• May 7 to 9 AALARA Trade Exhibition

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia +61 7 3807 3508

• June 4 to 7

Asian Attractions Expo Marina Bay Sands, Singapore +852 3796 2568

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