Holovis and S&S-Sansei Technologies have partnered to advance traditional coasters with a design and patent for the world’s first Immersive Elevator MediaCoaster.

According to the companies, this new technology and scalable range of solutions will extend coaster experiences from short dynamic thrill attractions to include all-immersive storytelling in a unique way, with the creative media driving more memorable experiences.

The attraction begins with the creative narrative flowing through a themed media and interactive pre-show, before guests board what is seemingly a traditional dark ride.

The story continues with the ride vehicle entering a 360-degree dome and media completely surrounding the guests, negating the need for cumbersome VR headsets or 3D glasses by creating the same level of intense immersion but allowing for a more physically thrilling group experience.

The world-leading expertise in coaster and elevator systems from S&S-Sansei Technologies, combined with the unique turnkey systems and creative skills of the Holovis Attractions and Holovis Media teams, ensures the whole experience follows the traditional seven-point story structure for an emotionally and physically connected experience like no other.

Commenting on the landmark partnership, Holovis CEO Stuart Hetherington said: “Together with S&S-Sansei Technologies, we have paralleled the key structure of narrative based entertainment and applied it to the physical coaster experience, something that has never been done before in this way.

“Coasters have long been the traditional form of physical and thrilling entertainment but typically the patterns of excitement peak at the highest point, which is usually towards the beginning, then drop as there is no connected narrative to continue the thrill.

“By adding creative-led emotive story and journey into the attraction design and ensuring a shared immersive experience, we are creating a new genre in coaster solutions that ensures as physical boundaries are reached, coaster technology can evolve into completely new attractions.”

Tim Timco, president and CEO of S&S, added: “We believe the dynamic, immersive experience of this new attraction will have a tremendous impact on the industry by providing a uniquely thrilling, memorable experience that will draw people looking for the ultimate combination of intense immersion and physical thrill.”