The new ride – Bazyliszek – is based around Polish folklore and features the latest in dark ride technology.
Alterface is a leader in interactive ride technology while Jora Vision majors in design and production. The two companies are joining forces to create the new ride in Silesia, Poland. The new ride will be a key attraction at the Legendia theme park. The park (formerly Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko) has recently been rebranded.
As main contractor for the attraction, Alterface has overseen the total ride experience, using the latest video mapping, show control and shooting devices. Jora Vision is responsible for devising the décor, based on Polish folklore.
“We truly enjoyed crafting this new ride and fascinating story with our trusted partners,” says Ben Cornet, Founder and CEO of Alterface. “Based on Polish legends, we are reflecting the folkloric spirit to emerge visitors into a true experience.”
He points out that the challenge is to make sure that the technology involved is not visible to guests, leaving them free to enjoy the story and scenery.
“Our signature show control software Salto!™ operates behind the scenes and manages the entire attraction,” explains Cornet. “It registers all moves and orchestrates lighting and sound, the shooting system and vehicles, as well as animatronics and photo capturing.”
Guests start by entering the headquarters of the Monster Hunters’ Guild. They are then driven through an ancient village, dark caves, magical forests and ruins, fighting all sorts of creatures along the way. “At the end of their journey they finally reach the ferocious Basilisk, the largest and scariest monster of all,” says Laurence Beckers, Special Projects & Technology Scout at Alterface. “During the entire tour guests use their Monster Hunter Gun, an Alterface designed weapon using special light and mirror technology for special effects.”
“Trees and plants come to life and take all kind of forms and shapes, aligning the scenery with the story and enhancing the ride experience,” adds Simeon van Tellingen, Creative Director at Jora Vision.
“Legendia is currently upgrading its park based on a master plan we created in 2015,” explains Robin van der Want, Project Development Director at Jora Vision. “We are convinced that Legendia — being a regional theme park — is setting a great example by investing in such a high-quality dark ride experience,” says van der Want.
The Bazyliszek ride is scheduled to open in 2018.