Regional Update: Asia-Pacific
Wavegarden Announces Biggest Project Yet
Spain’s Wavegarden and South Korea’s Daewon Plus Construction have come together to build what the companies call the world’s “largest man-made surf park.”
The Wavegarden Cove surfing lagoon will be located an hour southwest of Seoul in a mixed-use development on Turtle Island, a new 2.1 billion euro international waterfront destination built on reclaimed land. The destination resort will feature marinas, hotels, and convention centers, in addition to the surf park, which is touted as the centerpiece of the project.
Areas of the park are being built to accommodate surfers of all levels, from first-timers to professionals, with waves of different sizes and power. The park will be able to produce up to 1,000 “ocean-like” turquoise waves per hour.
In addition to the local market, Wavegarden and Daewon hope to attract some of the 10.8 million international tourists who visit the region annually. Wavegarden currently has two other projects under construction.
Stunt Show Dark Ride to Debut in Indonesia
Billed as the first stunt show dark ride, “Road Rage” is poised to become a signature attraction at the new indoor Trans Studio Bali theme park in Indonesia. At six points during the ride, live actors using safety harnesses and flying rigs will safely run, slide, and fly in proximity of the riders.
“The crazy idea was to integrate live performers into a dark ride to a degree that’s never been attempted before,” says Taylor Jeffs, president and chief creative officer of Legacy Entertainment.
“Road Rage’s” ride system is by Oceaneering. The original music score is composed by Benoit Jutras, known for his work with Cirque du Soleil.
Trans Studio Bali, promoted by developer CT Corp. as “the world’s first social media theme park,” is one of two new attractions launching this year by the company. The other, Trans Studio Cibubur, is located south of Jakarta, Indonesia.