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2015 issue 1

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Three London attractions select Gateway software

Gateway Ticketing Systems UK will provide software solutions at three London visitor attractions after winning separate contracts in recent months. The Houses of Parliament selected Gateway to deliver ticketing and sales solutions for commercial tours of the Palace of Westminster. The other contracts were for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the new KidZania London attraction in Shepherd’s Bush.

Keyword: Gateway


photo: © shutterstock/QQ7

London’s famous Houses of Parliament
Doctor Who draws in visitors with wearable tech

A newly invented bit of wearable technology is a hit with visitors to the Doctor Who Experience.

Sarner created the wearable Time Crystal pendant for the “regenerated” attraction in Cardiff, UK, in an attempt to draw visitors into the experience. Given out at the start of the attraction, the pendant glows, flashes and goes through a sequence of colours at certain junctures in the storyline of the experience.

As well as infrared and LED components, the device also vibrates, creating a “more multi-sensory experience,” according to Sarner projects director Ed Cookson.


The Time Crystal pendant is an interactive device
Photographic partnership provides visible results

Photographic solutions company Magic Memories has been awarded a new partnership contract with the
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! visitor attraction in London.

The use of Chroma key photography together with the Magic Memories hosted engagement model allows the partner companies to create a product customised to each guest.


Photobooks are customised for guests
Baboon Lagoon drives record park attendance

A WhiteWater-designed attraction not only won an IAAPA award but was one of the main reasons for record attendance levels at Zoombezi Bay, Ohio, this past season. The new AquaPlay RainFortress, Baboon Lagoon, replaced an existing structure at the waterpark, offering more than twice the waterslides and a more immersive play experience.

Keyword: WhiteWater


Zoombezi Bay’s Baboon Lagoon
Australian Waterslides adds thrills and spills at resort

Two curved racing hydroslides are upping the thrill factor at a New Zealand resort. Designed, manufactured and installed by Australian Waterslides & Leisure, the waterslides were installed in time for the Christmas holiday season at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

Construction began on 16 November 2014, with the slide components arriving in mid-December and in just one week the slides were assembled and sections lifted onto the steel framing, piece by piece.

Australian’s ride was selected following a public vote earlier in 2014 on the resort’s website.

“This new development complements our accommodation, holiday park and day spa, and triples the thrill factor at Taupo DeBretts,” said resort owner Barry Kirkland.

“The addition of the state-of-the-art ride supports the existing iconic Dragon Slide and Interactive Warm Water playground, set within our natural mineral pool complex.”

Keyword: Australian Waterslides


Waterslides at the New Zealand resort were selected following a public vote
Laser precision for hotel’s Ninja Turtles attraction

“Turtle power” has been unleashed at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort hotel in Orlando with the opening of a laser maze experience created by SimEx-Iwerks. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Lockdown features high-visibility lasers and UV lighting. The use of graphic components, character dialogue, special effects and themed music immerse guests into the Ninja Turtle universe.

Keyword: SimEx-Iwerks


Guests must help the turtles disable a security system in Laser Lockdown
Multimedia guide paints new picture for visitors

Imagineear’s latest multimedia guide has launched at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as part of a new presentation of its collection.

Engineered for the repeat rental market, the mediaPacker touch interactive (MPti) provides a fully interactive touch screen and features a camera. Designed to be robust, the device is also WiFi, radio frequency, Bluetooth, GPS and FSK enabled.

Keyword: Imagineear


MPti in use at the Van Gogh Museum
TOR’s booking system chosen for Sky Garden

TOR Systems has been awarded a contract to implement its booking system at the Sky Garden attraction at the top of London’s newest skyscraper, 20 Fenchurch Street – dubbed the Walkie Talkie. Maxim will manage all bookings at the free-to-access Sky Garden, which occupies the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly’s 37storey, 160-metre (525-foot) skyscraper.

Keyword: TOR Systems


Sky Garden at London’s Walkie-Talkie
US cultural venues sign on for Accesso solutions

Four cultural venues in the US have recently signed agreements to use Accesso Technology Group’s Siriusware Salespoint solutions for e-commerce, ticketing, access control, group sales and retail. The contract wins are for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle.

Keyword: Accesso


The Pacific Science Centre in Seattle
Watching out for a visual treat during Latvian festival

Dataton’s Watchout multi-display software provided projection mapping on four landmark buildings in Riga, Latvia, as part of an annual festival.

The Staro Riga 2014 Festival of Light took place in November and attracted an estimated 500,000 visitors with light processions, art installations and architectural projections, while also celebrating the Latvian city as the joint European Capital of Culture 2014.

System integrator Solaris, based in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, supplied Watchout systems and hardware for projection mapping on the facades of the Astor Riga Hotel, Congress Centre, St Peter’s Church and the Academy of Arts during the five-day festival.

“The long nights in the north are a perfect backdrop for this kind of large-scale outdoor projection,” said Lars Sandlund, COO of Dataton.

“We’re proud to see Watchout used in such a spectacular and entertaining fashion,” he said.

Keyword: Dataton


photo: © Anton Rodionov, Solarisvideo

Light shows were projected onto four of the Latvian capital’s landmark buildings
Horniman Museum picks Syx Automations software

An anthropological museum in London has selected software from Syx Automations to manage its ticketing, membership and events. The Horniman Museum and Gardens, in Forest Hill, has an extensive collection of art and a natural history gallery. It will use Syx’s ReCreateX software – a highly-integrated modular solution that can be expanded step by step.

Keyword: Syx Automations


The museum’s mascot is a walrus
Outdoor phone-charging concept for theme parks

Running out of smartphone battery at an amusement park could be a thing of the past with a new charging station solution. CarrierClass Green Infrastructure’s (CCGI) ConnecTable provides solar power for mobile device charging. Each table is a self-sustaining, off-the-grid solar power unit that features two commercial quality, 265-watt solar panels that also serve as a shade canopy.

Keyword: CarrierClass


Charging stations encourage guests to congregate in certain areas

Originally published in Attractions Management 2015 issue 1

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