Simworx wins Mexico theme park deal
New immersive tunnel attraction at Amikoo on the Riviera Maya
UK-based dynamic media attractions specialist, Simworx, is to provide a brand new version of its Immersive Tunnel attraction for the first phase of the new Amikoo Resort Destination Theme Park (Amikoo) in Mexico.
Amikoo is centrally located on the Riviera Maya between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and will cover an area of almost 120 hectares. The concept is based on Maya cosmogony and the theme includes the creation of over 40 characters as IP for the exclusive and dedicated use of the brand, franchise and attractions. Four years in planning, the resort will celebrate the Maya’s deep heritage and culture through history, education, a museum and theme park experience.
Amikoo will comprise Amikoo Theme Park, incorporating 24 attractions, restaurants and shows in four Maya lands; MAAM, Maya Anthropology and Archaeology Museum, exhibition hall and convention centre; Amikoo Downtown, with shopping, entertainment and restaurants, as well as Simworx’s Piratas de Bacalar Immersive Tunnel; and Amikoo Resort Collection, featuring over 1,200 luxury rooms.
Piratas de Bacalar will be based on the history of pirates in Mexico and will provide an adventure in the Caribbean Sea defending the San Felipe Bacalar Fort, along with an exhibition about events involving piracy in Mexico. The attraction will be a new version of Simworx’s Immersive Tunnel which will utilise a single, 60-seat, 3DOF motion base (as opposed to the 30-seat motion bases found in other versions of the ride) themed as a pirate galleon.
A real water basin around the galleon will help to simulate a journey on the sea while special effects such as wind and water spray will add further to the experience. Amikoo has also opted for a hybrid-type, 7m high Immersive Tunnel screen with the whole system being a 4K audio visual solution.
“Simworx will be the main supplier for the attraction but we have brought on Jora Vision for the theming elements,” explained Simworx sales director Edward Pawley. “It will be a standalone attraction within the resort and will be a 50 minute experience in total, with a series of pre-shows leading up to the main ride element. What’s unique about it is that it’s not a standard Immersive Tunnel but something new with the 60-seat motion base and 7m high screen. There will also be a restaurant and retail outlets in the same building and we are due to have the ride installed by March 2019.”
The first phase of the Amikoo project is scheduled for the end of 2018 through March 2019.