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Get wet as a noodle !

The Splashing UFO Rapid River ride occupies a very special place amongst all other Alterface realizations. Instead of featuring the regular dark ride vehicle, this project is based on a rapid river, involving floating rather than riding. The story itself is unconventional and customized to local settings: players seated in a noodle cup have to prevent “Kettle man” from throwing water on them before the manufacturing process is completed in the factory. And this happens not only on screens installed above the tracks but also in-between the players.  The customer also instructed that the players had to interact with the virtual world by using large light buttons.

In order to fulfill this apparently simple yet incredibly complicated mission, Alterface had to throw in its best techniques in vehicle (and in this case buoy) tracking, communication and … its capability to deal with very hostile environments.  Indeed, each buoy has a variable speed pattern, depending on the weight they carry, the level of the water and so on. To this end a very specific tracking system, capable of operating in a 100% humid environment, was developed and connected to the Alterface Salto TM Software. Communication was crucial as players were expecting a very reactive system, so this was done using industrial grade wireless systems.


UFO Plan

Technical Specifications
Raft Ride, 2016

Design: Hanwa
Media Studio: Dynamo Pictures, Inc.
Water Ride Vendor: Hafema
Footprint: 2220 m² (23.896 ft²)
Throughput: 400 players/hour
Duration: 6 min.
Interactive device: Push button
Number of Vehicles: 8 boats
Vehicle Capacity:  4 players per vehicle
Media: 2D
Number of interactive Scenes: 4
Number of screens: 4 (placed above the players)
Hall of fame: Yes
Special feature: 4 mini interactive games based around lighting effects between each scene

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  • "Needless to say that the team got sometimes cold showers during the ride as high tech electronic equipment and water are not really matching. However, our solid engineering and creativity in finding solutions, overcame all those issues. Today, the screams of the riders and the smiles on their faces is the solid proof that we got this one right!"

    Benoit Cornet, Founder and CEO