Breathing Walls

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2018 by mattsdesigns85

breathing walls

Simple but repulsive, these latex walls “breathe” as the rider proceeds down the queue line. I’m no engineer but I can see this effect being achieved either mechanically, with cams or pneumatically, by pumping air in and out of them.



The Ghostly Presence

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2018 by mattsdesigns85

Ghost Footsteps overview

The effect here is a ghostly presence moving in a queue line. It’s quite simple, a projector projects only a shadow of a ghostly figure as beaters hit the floor from undeneath. You have beaters in the position for left and right steps.

Ghost Footsteps beaters

So it’s basically like, someone or something is walking through the queue line minus a physical body.

Rain Window Revised

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2018 by mattsdesigns85

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This time, instead of having water go all over the place (see Rain Window Effect) it falls into a trough just below the window. This time I have also added a sub-woofer and strobe for thunder and lightning. I think this would be a cool, inexpensive effect for a ghost train.

Acrylic, square and mirrored revolving tunnel

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2017 by mattsdesigns85

The 4 sides of this square, revolving tunnel are made from acrylic mirrors (not glass mirrors because that would probably never pass health & safety). The idea here is maximum disorientation as the 4 sides bounce reflections infinitely as you ride through. Unfortunately it would be impossible and/or expensive to render the infinite reflections realisticly so sorry about that….But I’m pretty sure the effect would be awesome. Lights could be added but NO LIGHTS after the end of the tunnel PLEASE as that would ruin the effect. As with all my ideas, I have not and will not patent this.

Engine Room

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2017 by mattsdesigns85

Here we meet a maintenance robot and an unfriendly alien.

Scene 2, The Shuttle Bay

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2017 by mattsdesigns85

As we emerge around the corner, the big yellow doors are sliding shut. Fog is blasted in their general direction while powerful extractor fans suck it through the closing gap to give the impression of the vacuum of space. The UFO floats down a little to scare the rider as they pass.


Burning Cast Iron Coffins

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by mattsdesigns85

As the ride car goes past, we hear blood curdling screams. The lids of the coffins shake and the smell of burning flesh becomes apparent. This is powerful image for a very dark ride.

The effects

I’m not sure if Dale Air has a burning flesh scent for their vortex machines but I hope they make one. The glowing iron coffins would be acheived with careful painting, using UV reactive paint or maybe lights inside the coffins. The fire could be acheived using FauxFire:

Here is the video demonstration:

The screaming comes from speakers inside the coffins.