Visitors to Wisconsin’s Wilderness Resort boarding the new FlyRide ‘Take Flight’ attraction, will enjoy an aerial view of the US national parks, national landmarks and the Wisconsin Dells.
The aerial adventure ride was developed by SimEx-Iwerks and uses four Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser projections with Christie Mystique, a camera-based multi-projector alignment and blending system.
The Take Flight attraction takes guests on a journey, beginning at an airport-themed lobby. The ‘windows’ look out onto the National Parks. Guests queue at an ‘airport’ which features airplane seats. They then enter the ride, which accommodates 60 guests, with five on each ride vehicle.
Visitors feel like they are flying with their feet dangling as they are surrounded by an immense dome.
Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser projections feature 45,000 lumens and 4K resolutions in a compact all-in-one design. Christie’s laser projections were selected by SimEx-Iwerks to help create the sense of immersion on the ride.
Doug Wildeboer, A/V engineering manager, SimEx-Iwerks, commented on what was required from the laser projectors: “We needed projectors that we could orient into abnormal positions to get the proper coverage in the three-dimensional dome. We needed to angle them down and on their sides. It was absolutely required, and the project would not have been possible with any projector that wasn’t omnidirectional.”
The Take Flight ride opened in September 2020, expanding the activities guests can enjoy at Wisconsin’s Wilderness Resort.