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Attractions Management Handbook - Product Innovation- The industry’s latest products and innovations

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Product Innovation- The industry’s latest products and innovations


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Omnico Mobile Point-of-Sale Solution

Omnico’s cloud based technology powers point-of-sale (POS) and customer engagement solutions across the destinations, retail and hospitality sectors. Our Omnico Commerce solution portfolio is trusted by 7 out of the top 11 worldwide theme parks and resorts, as well as a variety of leading retailers, and is routinely used to deal with huge volumes of critical commercial information.

Today’s destination visitors expect a completely seamless experience across ticketing, food & beverage, promotions, loyalty, retail and more, and expect it to begin before they arrive and continue after they depart. Omnico provide a single solution to unify these guest interactions, along with tools to maximise sales revenues and customer satisfaction.
Our global theme park research, the Omnico Theme Park Barometer, revealed that 71% of visitors in the UK, US, China, Japan and Malaysia want smartphone or tablet app notifications, and 65% of Chinese visitors want to use mobile payment apps to purchase merchandise. It is to address this growing consumer demand for mobile use that Omnico has developed a suite of mobile-specific POS products to provide a seamless and unified engagement and transaction platform.

Our POS and MPOS solutions allow retail, food & beverage and ticketing environments to speak to one another, ensuring the basket follows the customer wherever they go around the park, whatever sales channel they use. Our solution provides a single mobile POS engine with variable configurations to support your needs. For example, we support all mobile payment platforms, including Apple Play, WeChat Pay and AliPay; it can be customer or sales assistant facing; offers automated e-receipts; self-scanning functionality and biometrics as standard.

Omnico’s mobile solutions fully integrate with and harness your existing systems, removing the need for costly ‘rip and replace’, and making the mobile guest experience truly immersive and frictionless.

KEYWORD: OMNICO

 



The destination store of the future

Josh Miller talks tech overhaul at The British Music Experience

 

Josh Miller, director, DJ Willrich
 

Integration firm DJ Willrich has installed Digital Projection’s HIGHlite Laser II projector at the British Music Experience (BME) in Liverpool, UK.

The BME chronicles British music history from 1945 to the present day. It consists of eight zones recounting different eras in British music, using costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia.

The museum reopened earlier this year after relocating from its previous home in the O2 Arena in London to the historic Cunard Building in Liverpool.

DJ Willrich was enlisted to carry out a complete overhaul of all the content and technology, which had become outdated since its original installation in 2009.

For the main stage show, a stunning life-sized projection of Boy George, giving a five-minute custom-produced performance, DJ Willrich selected the HIGHlite Laser II, a specially designed long-life projection solution.

Josh Miller, director of DJ Willrich, says: “The projection technology used for the London BME had become dated. We needed the projected video of Boy George to be bright and punchy – visitors get really close to the display so it had to be stunning from all angles and distances. Digital Projection’s HIGHlite Laser II was the best choice to help us achieve this.”

The projector is powered by the 7thSense Delta Nano-SDI media server, and is capable of producing more than 20,000 hours of illumination. It is designed to deliver a solid-state laser of up to 13,000 lumens and also features edge-blending technology and multi-projector tiling, as well as control management software that allows multiple projectors to be operated through a single system.

Two Digital Projection E-Vision 8500 laser projectors and eight E-Vision Laser 6500 projectors were also installed.

KEYWORD: DIGITAL PROJECTION


“The projection technology used for the London BME had become dated. We needed the projected video of Boy George to be bright and punchy – visitors get really close to the display so it had to be stunning from all angles and distances. Digital Projection’s HIGHlite Laser II was the best choice to help us achieve this.”

 



The British Music Experience has relocated to Liverpool – and received a complete technological update in the process

Terry Monkton on Simworx’s Mini Flying Theatre

 

Terry Monkton, MD, Simworx
 

Simworx has expanded its range of media-based dynamic attractions with the launch of the Mini Flying Theatre, an innovative turnkey solution, based on the 360º Flying Theatre.

The Mini FT, making its official debut at IAAPA in November 2017, features a smaller footprint, with the in-show area measuring approximately 13x13x9 metres (43x43x30 feet) and the ride able to accommodate 20 passengers per cycle. Designed to simulate the sensation of flying, the Mini FT moves guests backwards and forwards throughout, synchronised to coincide with the movie playing on the dome screen, while riders’ legs are suspended in mid-air to elevate the experience.

It also incorporates a range of in-theatre effects, including wind, smoke, water spray and special effects lighting, and is equipped with a HD2K/4K 3D projection system and surround sound audio. Other features include a quarter dome screen, programmable heave and tilt and a custom showreel.

Simworx managing director Terry Monkton says: “The Mini Flying Theatre is an innovative and accessible product that requires far less space than some of our larger attractions.”

Monkton adds: “The team has been working non-stop to develop a range of new, cutting-edge experiences and innovative products, including the Mini FT, which we’re really excited to bring to market.”

Other recent launches from Simworx include the AGV Darkride, the Immersive Adventure Simulator and the Paradrop VR, which debuted at EAS in partnership with Frontgrid.

KEYWORD: SIMWORX


“The Mini Flying Theatre is an innovative and accessible product that requires far less space than some of our larger attractions.”

 



The Mini Flying Theatre is suited to operators with a smaller footprint

Ernest Yale on Triotech’s Fear the Walking Dead Survival attraction

 

Ernest Yale, CEO, Triotech
 

Triotech partnered with US broadcasting company AMC to create a new attraction at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Fear the Walking Dead Survival is billed as a “unique, multi-sensory experience” set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.

The attraction was inspired by AMC’s hit TV series Fear the Walking Dead. It combines a thrill ride, an escape room and a maze, and includes interactive gaming elements. It also features elaborate sets, immersive audio and video and motion simulator technology.

On entering the experience guests find themselves inside a temporary military facility amid rumours of a zombie apocalypse. They must make their way through a number of different zones and experiences in the facility, whilst defending their lives from a horde of the infected.

Ernest Yale, president and CEO of Triotech, told Attractions Management: “Triotech’s goal was to bring the concept of a walk-through attraction and augment it to make it into a futuristic, immersive and interactive attraction that will operate year-round.

“We feel that the IP has very strong appeal and is a perfect demographic match for our location.”

KEYWORD: TRIOTECH


“Triotech’s goal was to bring the concept of a walk-through attraction and augment it to make it into a futuristic, immersive and interactive attraction that will operate year-round.

“We feel that the IP has very strong appeal and is a perfect demographic match for our location.”


 



The attraction is based on a zombie apocalypse narrative

Polin’s Bilge Pakis on a waterpark beside an 800-year-old church

 

Bilge Pakis, design manager, Polin Waterparks
 

Waterslide manufacturer Polin Waterparks is creating an indoor waterpark in Coventry, UK, set to open in 2018/2019.

It will be located next to a church spire built in the Middle Ages; the spire originally formed part of a larger cruciform church constructed in the 1200s but later destroyed with the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1600s.

The new Coventry City Centre Leisure Park will feature an indoor waterpark, a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym, a climbing wall, squash courts, a dance studio, a day spa and administrative areas.

Bilge Pakis, design manager at Polin Waterparks, explains: “It’s a game-changer in its distinctive design, which is required to fit the facility into a very tight footprint on a site where Franciscan monks originally constructed a cruciform church in the early 1200s. Over the years, the site’s space became smaller and smaller as history has left its mark.”

The waterpark will feature a range of Polin slides specially adapted to suit the dimensions of the spire. All rides will have reduced heights, with the Space Hole measuring less than 15-m (48-ft) high and the other slides measuring 11.5-m (38-ft) high. The rides, excluding the Space Hole, will also feature dry out exits without swimming pools.

Rides will include the Tunnel Bodyslide, Sphere-Space Shuttle, Space Hole, Mini Tsunami, Navigatour and the Looping Rocket.

Polin is collaborating with FaulknerBrowns Architects, the Buckingham Group and consultant Neuman Aqua on the project.

KEYWORD: POLIN


“It’s a game-changer in its distinctive design, which is required to fit the facility into a very tight footprint on a site where Franciscan monks originally constructed a cruciform church in the early 1200s. Over the years, the site’s space became smaller and smaller as history has left its mark.”

 



A range of Polin’s most popular slides will feature at the leisure centre

Holovis’ Amy Steele opens the door to the Mystic Timbers shed

 

Amy Steele, vp development, Holovis
 

Holovis created the multi-layered, story-driven pre-show for the recently opened wooden coaster Mystic Timbers at Cedar Fair’s Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. The USP – guests see a different outcome each time they ride.

“We took compelling and immersive storytelling and combined it with an incredible wooden coaster. That mix created something truly special and shows how storytelling can be as integral a part of the experience as the coaster itself.This project sets a trend for rollercoasters going forward,” says Amy Steele, vice president of development at Holovis.

The multimedia queue line experience invites visitors to delve into the story of the lumber mill where Mystic Timbers – built by Great Coasters International – is situated.

The mill, property of the Miami River Lumber Company, was abandoned in 1983, but no one knows the reason why. Seemingly, the answer is in the shed.

The detailed backstory begins in the queue line and ends with the shed, a multimedia experience with cutting-edge audiovisual, multimedia and animation effects.

“Every detail alludes to why the mill has been abandoned for so long,” explains Steele. “But they’ll never discover all its secrets. The experience changes, playing out different scenarios so guests are unlikely to see the same show twice. Multiple rides are essential to discover ‘what’s in the shed’.”

KEYWORD: HOLOVIS


“We took compelling and immersive storytelling and combined it with an incredible wooden coaster. That mix created something truly special and shows how storytelling can be as integral a part of the experience as the coaster itself.This project sets a trend for rollercoasters going forward,”

 



Holovis’ queue line experience tells a multi-layered, multimedia story

Originally published in Attractions Handbook 2017 issue 1

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