The purpose of this thesis is to explore a new type of ride design which integrates one or more transitions between formats. Theme Park visitors have come to expect a certain type of immersive experience from attractions. Most rides in the parks are very predictable such as roller coasters which offer loops, drops, speed and quick turns, while dark rides offer a slower pace with the attention on storytelling. The solution to this situation is to combine two ride systems or more into a single ride. The ride system for my attraction begins with a free-floating boat ride navigating its way down a peaceful river. When it reaches the waterfall, the boat is guided onto a motion platform which lifts it up to the top of the waterfall. It slowly glides through a Torii Gate, past a Powerful Dragon and to the Guests surprise transforms into a roller coaster for a dynamic finish. The results of this type of ride design conclude that transitions between formats gives Guests not only a storytelling dark ride experience, but also an unexpected thrilling surprise in the form of a roller coaster ending. It would provide an increased level of entertainment and a memorable experience for park Guests.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Theatre; Themed Experience
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Moore, Matthew, "Journey To The Dragon's Gate: A Study Of Hybrid Ride Systems And How They Enhance Attraction Storytelling" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1261.