Post by SoCalCoaster on May 8, 2017 21:42:07 GMT -8
Ideally, i'd love to see something from Sally Corp go into Silverwood. With their set designs, animatronics and versatility, they're my go to choice for dark rides.
That said, Triotech is on the rise and while they lack all the bells and whistles, it's hard to argue with their successful products. Just look at Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott's, Wonder Mountain Guardian at Canada's Wonderland, the Ninjago rides at LEGOLAND California and Florida. These rides bring people into the parks and at a budget no less. Budget is exactly what Silverwood needs. Now, lets look at the concept of a Triotech dark ride. Every Triotech ride has a shooting element to it. Different players per car = competition. Each scene has the opportunity to react differently depending on how well you do as well as what you shoot. This all means rerideability, which means repeat visitors to the park, which means more tickets sold. Now, lets look at tickets. Two different tickets are sold throughout the year. One for Silverwood, another for Scarywood. Looking at what was done for Wonder Mountain Guardian, we know these rides can be set up with two different show modes at least. It would be great to be able to have a dark ride that, at the flip of a switch, becomes a totally different ride, which can be marketed to the public as a completely new ride every year. It works for Canada's Wonderland. And even moreso, limited engagement overlays work well for Disney as well. Space Mountain becoming Ghost Galaxy and Hyperspace Mountain, Haunted Mansion becoming Haunted Mansion Holiday, Rock n Roller Coaster getting a Star Wars overlay for Galactic Nights, ect.
At the end of the day, while Sally may look much more dazzling, a Triotech shooting dark ride is going to do much more for the park for the price while bringing in more people, young and old.
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As much as I would love to see Silverwood get a dark ride, I doubt it will ever happen. Too hard to market without a good property/brand/story behind it like Disney or Universal can do. And I just can't see Garfield working out as a good subject matter for a dark ride story (wasn't there a boat ride that was Garfield themed somewhere else in the US??).
If it were to happen, I like the idea mentioned by SoCalCoaster of the Iron Reef style ride. While that ride didn't impress me as much as I thought it would, it was still really fun, and very re-rideable. If it's really that much more affordable, then that would be the way to go.
But again, I just don't see it ever happening. Outside of the major theme park chains like Disney or Universal, you don't see too many successful dark rides that last a long time and bring in the crowds.