'Maus au Chocolat’ is the latest addition to Phantasialand, which is located between Cologne and Bonn and is one of the largest theme parks in Germany, boasting two hotels, restaurants, conference facilities and a wellness centre, as well as a vast number of indoor and outdoor family rides.
Visitors to ‘Maus au Chocolat’ wear 3D glasses and, as they are transported around a custom-designed interior space on motorized vehicles, they are immersed in an animated video re-creation of a traditional bakery owned by the fictional master confectioner, Oskar Koslowski. It quickly becomes clear that Herr Koslowski has a problem: his bakery has been over-run by mice! Visitors are then given a simple task: to ‘zap’ as many mice as possible using icing-sugar dispensers that are positioned at the front of each vehicle. The more mice you zap, the higher your score – and the safer Herr Koslowski can sleep, safe in the knowledge that his finest chocolate creations can be enjoyed by children rather than his shop’s unwelcome pests.
The interactive media part of the ride including interactivity, show control, game, projection and audio was designed by Belgian-based Alterface, which specialises in creating multi-dimensional experiences for theme parks and other visitor attractions. Xavier Marichal, CTO of Alterface, explains the choice of projectiondesign: “Whenever you design a ride like ‘Maus au Chocolat’, you know you are going to need very high image quality and consistency in order to maintain the illusion that visitors are really being immersed in this fantasy space. We have used projectiondesign on several previous occasions so we knew we could rely on them to provide accuracy and that all the projectors would be properly colour-matched.
“What was also necessary for the Phantasialand project was a small form factor, because the physical demands of the motorised vehicles and track meant we were very restricted in terms of where we could put the projectors. “The ride opened in June this year and the performance we have had from the F22s has been phenomenal. The 3D effects are incredibly realistic and the ride is really addictive — many people simply can’t resist coming back for more!”
Image credit: (c) Alterface.