Fantasy Island (United Kingdom) has been working on a new dark ride, called Harrington Flint’s Island Adventures, since last winter. It has remained quiet around the ride for a long time, but today Alterface broke the silence. That company published a press-release about their projects for this year and released new information on the ride for Fantasy Island.
The story of the ride is based on the fictional character Harrington Flint, an explorer and treasure hunter. Riders join him on a quest, where he once again comes face-to-face with Professor Crow, his old enemy. Professor Crow has found the cursed book of Xibalba and is on a mission to raise an ancient Mayan god of war and take over the world. Only the riders can help Harrington Flint to defeat Professor Crow by fighting off his army of the dead. Visitors will be immersed in a new world, travelling through portals, taking aim and shooting down Mayan zombies.
Harrington Flint’s Island Adventures is an interactive dark ride that combines media and physical elements. The was designed by Mellors Group, the parrent company of Fantasy Island. “It was very important for us to make the ride as immersive as possible. There’s no point just plonking it in there. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do a good job” says James Parker, Director of Operations and Business Development at Fantasy Island, in Alterface’s press-release.
The new dark ride contains a trackless ride system by ETF Ride Systems and interactivity by Alterface. This ride system, consisting of five ‘Mystic Mover’-vehicles, was acquired from the former Resident Evil: Bio Terror dark ride at Hub Zero (United Arab Emirates). The vehicles were already equiped with interactive systems by Alterface at Hub Zero. Both ETF and Alterface are cooperating with the relocation of the ride: “Alterface and ETF were great to deal with, and had a lot of patience when working with our guys on site. Among other things, they changed the intensity of the guns to make the shooting quicker and more responsive,” says James Parker.
Harrington Flint’s Island Adventures was scheduled to open in 2021, but got delayed by the Covid-19 pandamic. The ride seems to be almost ready to open, but no official date has been set yet.