New Rides & Attractions - Underwater Love - August 2018


The wet look is in fashion this summer

by Juliana Gilling



Yas Waterworld 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

With “Cinesplash,” Yas Waterworld claims two firsts: the premier 5D water adventure of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the world’s first theater with a motion ride system which floods with 50 cm of water. Launched in June, “Cinesplash” draws on the UAE’s pearl-diving past. Swimsuit-clad audiences join Dana and her animal friends on their quest through the Abu Dhabi sands to find the Mother Pearl, which once brought prosperity to their village. The film is voiced in English and Arabic. 

“This is one of the most exciting new additions to our lineup of experiences, and we are very proud to be the first water park to introduce this attraction to our guests in the region. We anticipate it to be a resounding success,” says Bianca Sammut, general manager at Yas Waterworld. 

Attraktion! GmbH designed and produced the 36-seat theater and “Legend of the Lost Pearl” movie: “‘Cinesplash 5D’ at Yas Waterworld is a perfect example of how you can bring your characters and park story to life,” says Attraktion! CEO Markus Beyr. 

Special effects synchronized to the on-screen action and three degrees of freedom (3DOF) motion seats literally create an immersive experience. In addition to the floods, there are water explosions, fountains, waterfalls, water guns, and rain effects. Illuminated bubbles decorate the theater walls, while fog effects, leg ticklers, and neck blasts add to the fun. The 12-minute show runs four times an hour. 

“‘Cinesplash’ is an attraction that is sure to speak to the inner adventurer in each guest, leaving both the young, and the young at heart, with lasting memories,” says Sammut.

Attraktion! is preparing to launch the next “flooded theater” at Wanda’s upcoming water park in Guangzhou, China, at the end of 2018.


Le Mystère de La Pérouse

Puy du Fou
Les Epesses, France

Puy du Fou’s latest production is inspired by 18th-century French navigator and explorer Monsieur de La Pérouse, who sailed around the world before vanishing with his crew.

Guests are transported from an historic house belonging to La Pérouse’s assistant to the French port of Brest in 1785, where La Pérouse’s ship, La Boussole, awaits. Visitors are invited on board as the expedition launches on the orders of King Louis XVI of France. 

Puy du Fou has used a bespoke combination of technologies to create the sensation of a ship on the high seas. As people walk beneath decks, they will feel the swell of the ocean, spot new lands from the portholes (via video projections), and overhear arguments between naval officers and scientists. The odyssey ends in tragedy as storm-tossed seas literally flood the cabins, causing the ship to sink.

“You will not only feel the physical sensations, you will also feel the emotions of the mariners; you will become one of them,” explains Nicolas de Villiers, president of Puy du Fou. Live actors, who are “the soul of the show,” create this camaraderie. 

Puy du Fou partnered with Digital District to design 3D video projections for the 20-minute experience. The project team recreated weather conditions to add realism, from the humid heat of the Pacific to the glacial winds of Alaska. Intricate sets allow guests to explore La Pérouse’s cabin and see plant and animal specimens collected on the voyage, which traveled to Cape Horn, Easter Island, Alaska, and Vanikoro. 

“Strategically speaking, we wanted to add another indoor show to keep the right balance,” says de Villiers. “Le Mystère de La Pérouse” is part of a 25 million euro investment in Puy du Fou this season, which also includes “Le Café de la Madelon,” a new cabaret-restaurant for 700 guests set in the Belle Epoque era.


Lego City: Deep Sea Adventure

Legoland California Resort
Carlsbad, California

Ocean adventures await at Legoland California this summer with the debut of “Lego City: Deep Sea Adventure.” “For the first time in the United States, we are bringing our guests onboard a real submarine and taking them underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with more than 2,000 sea animals including marine tropical fish, several species of stingrays, and a variety of exotic sharks,” said Legoland California Resort’s general manager Peter Ronchetti ahead of the launch. It is Merlin Entertainments’ single largest investment for a ride in any Legoland park. 

Eight 22,000-pound submarines–inspired by the Lego City Deep Sea Adventure toys–take pride of place in the attraction’s 300,000-gallon tank. Passengers can use touch screens at portholes inside the 12-seat subs to help Lego divers pinpoint sunken treasure during the interactive, four-minute voyage.

2018 is a big year for the Carlsbad resort, which also unveiled its 250-room Legoland Castle Hotel. A new “Lego Ninjago – Master of the 4th Dimension” 4D film opened at Legoland California as part of a global roll-out.