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Canada’s Wonderland sheds light on new dark ride

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian – a 3D dark ride with 4D effects and shooting/game technology – will be the big new attraction for 2014 at Canada’s Wonderland outside Toronto.

The park’s landmark Wonder Mountain will be “blasted open” to reveal the new attraction, which opens in May and promises to “brings fans into the heat of battle.”

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian begins with a perilous climb up the side of the mountain then plummets into its core. Passengers will encounter mythical creatures as they navigate 1,000ft (305m) of coaster track through a desolate forest, underground lake and draconian city. The quest culminates as riders enter the dragon’s lair for an all-action finale shoot out.

“We felt the time was right to enter the massive caverns of Wonder Mountain and provide our guests with a new dimension of thrills,” says Canada’s Wonderland general manager Norm Pirtovshek. “Thrill seekers and video game enthusiasts will be amazed by the combination of unique ride thrills and immersive 4-D interactive action as they compete for ride supremacy.”

The new attraction will be realised together with Canadian technology and attraction specialist Triotech, which recently unveiled a new line of iDR branded interactive dark rides. Overlaid on top of 3D graphics will be 4D-style effects including wind, movement and more, together with Triotech’s target shooting system. Furthermore, it will feature the longest continuous interactive screen ever installed in an amusement ride.

This new ride at Canada’s Wonderland will be a one of a kind, never seen before attraction,” highlights Triotech president and CEO, Ernest Yale. “It will bring the best elements of the physical, virtual and multi-sensory world. All this combined in a fully immersive and interactive experience.”

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