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ETF Ride Systems and Jora Vision present Pirate Mania mini dark ride

Pirate Mania, a new smaller interactive dark ride designed for FECs by ETF Ride Systems and Jora Vision

ETF Ride Systems, a leading ride designer and manufacturer, and Jora Vision, a leading design and production company for themed attractions, have joined forces to present a new mini dark ride for FECs at SEA 2020.

ETF Ride Systems and Jora Vision are pleased to be exhibiting at the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Show (SEA) 2020, where they will be showcasing Pirate Mania, a new mini dark ride designed for FECs. The show takes place in Riyadh from 3 – 5 February.

Pirate Mania is ideal for indoor locations as it adds an interactive experience for the whole family, with a small footprint. It is also repeatable, so encourages further visits. It is the first high-quality interactive dark ride created with FECs and smaller venues in mind and requires only 250 square metres of floor space.

Pirate Mania

ETF will be the turnkey supplier, providing the ride vehicles and interactive system, while Jora Vision is responsible for the design and build of the theming. Jora Vision has received six Thea awards to date, and three of these are projects that the company has worked on alongside ETF Ride Systems.

The ride follows the story of some pirates who have set up a training course and challenged visitors to learn their skills. Onboard the pirate-themed vehicles, riders use guns to find and take aim at hidden pirate skulls throughout the course. The innovative ride also includes animated targets, which are small screens integrated within the show set. One scene even takes place inside a blacklight lighted box.

An immersive family experience

“For Pirate Mania, we are using the Mystic Mover system, which is the smart smaller member of the ETF trackless family,” says Ruud Koppens, CEO of ETF Ride Systems. “It follows a mounted wire in the floor, so visitors will not be distracted by a track. The vehicle has a double bench and a capacity of 4 guests.

“The track path is also extraordinary: we added fancy movements such as 90° turns and a 360° on-the-spot rotation, in the middle of a sunken pirate ship. An onboard sound system will be integrated. We are proud to work with Jora Vision to launch this new product into the market.”

Jan Maarten de Raad, CEO of Jora Vision says: “Many theme parks value dark rides as a type of attraction. If it is made well, it is an immersive family experience which involves music, lighting, show-sets and integrated media. However, we strongly believe there is another market for dark ride experiences: the smaller FEC’s usually placed in shopping malls or commercial areas.

“Because of the small footprint and budget-friendly concept, we hope to convince FEC’s that such dark rides are a great investment to diversify the entertainment offer. Of course with an excellent theming and story.”

Attendees at SEA 2020 can find the ETF Ride Systems team at booth #1D18 and Jora Vision at booth #1C19.

ETF Ride Systems won “Best Use of Technology” for Popcorn Revenge at the Park World Excellence Awards 2019. Jora Vision recently announced that it has signed a contract to develop a Pushkin theme park in St.Petersburg, Russia, called Lukomorye.

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