Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Aqua Tram

by Hopkins Rides

An update of the same manufacturer’s Nautibus attraction, the Aqua Tram provides an underwater dark ride experience for a wide range of entertainment venues, from amusement parks to aquaria.

Each capsule seats six to 10 riders and is guided by a rod from above as it travels and rotates through the water. The capsules are fully submerged at all times except for a dry top area, where passengers embark and disembark.

Once inside, riders glimpse through portholes to watch a video show simulating the underwater environment outside. This is complemented by a “sonar style” monitor image and stereo soundtrack.

The original Nautibus opened some years ago at Le Grand Aquarium in St Malo, France. Featuring a 70-metre track and 12 4-seater capsules, it continues to entertain thousands of visitors every day.

The Aqua Tram is a more compact version of the ride, featuring a fixed 19-metre circle rather than a full track. Thanks to the increased gondola size, however, it still provides a respectable throughput. The concept was officially launched this winter at IAAPA Attractions Expo.

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