Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Ropes courses open in UK

Open time for the start of the 2011 season, Innovative Leisure has supplied two high rope adventure courses to amusement parks at opposite ends of the UK.

Codona’s Amusement Park in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Clarence Pier in Southsea on the south coast of England have each added one of the attractions, fabricated by the American supplier Ropes Courses International.

At Codona’s, the six-pole, triple-level Vertigo course has been installed in the centre of the park alongside the Log Flume, and is expected to have wide appeal.

“We liked the concept of adding something totally different that can be enjoyed by almost any age group,” notes Alfred Codona. “We are pitching the marketing more towards the teenage/extreme market. However, we will be making it very clear to the public that they do not have to complete all three levels and that they only need to climb as high as they are comfortable with.”

Down in Southsea, the Clarence Pier structure is a little shorter, but still visible from the adjacent Isle of Wight. The double-level, eight-pole ropes course incorporates a unique “walk the plank” feature and pirate theming, making it an ideal fit for its coastal location.

The attraction has been named Pier Pressure – Rise to the Challenge and is large enough to cater for up to 150 guests per hour, with 35 participants able to experience the 28 different elements at any one time.

“It’s aimed at anyone over five years old and we hope it will bring in a different market that possibly wouldn’t go on the more traditional amusement rides,” comments the pier’s Jill Norman. “We are also aiming it at the corporate market.”

Pictured above: The Clarence Pier installation. Pictured below: Codona’s in Aberdeen.


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