Tower with interactive wand
A spectacular feature makes the Tower even more interactive.
It is an exciting option for new installations as well as for retrofitting existing rides
A high degree of interactivity has been one of the trademarks of Sunkid (formerly Heege) Family Rides for more than 40 years. For Georg Dobler, product manager for amusement rides at Sunkid, this is also a reason for sustainable success of the rides: "Not only passively using a ride but actively experiencingit: this leads to a much more intense sensation for the guests".
At the Pottspark in Minden (Germany), the "Pencil" is a Sunkid Tower that stands out even more from any other rides. Each of the 4 double-seat "gondolas" is equipped with a magic wand that is meant to aim at and hit more than 100 targets placed in the trees around the Tower. The goal is hitting as many targets as possible and collecting as many points as possible.
Teamwork is needed for this, since the targets are placed at different heights and angles around the Tower. While one passenger pulls the double seat up or lets it glide down slowly, the partner will take the magic wand and go hunt points. At the end of the ride, the collected points are displayed on the scoreboard for comparison with those of the other cabins, or the daily, monthly or annual high score.
At the Pottspark, the Tower is operated as a "stand-alone" ride without direct supervision by an operator. Sensors in the restraint bars register closing or opening and automatically convey these data to the computer. This way, the start and end and the final evaluation of points take place perfectly automatically and without any additional costs for staff.
Did you know? The "Pencil" is only one of many options how to stage the Tower ride; A magic wand may also activate animatronics or other special effects.