Even from a considerable distance, travellers near the city of Ravenna, on the main road along Italy's Adriatic coast to Venice, can see a huge Ferris wheel on the horizon: this is the landmark of one of the country's best-known amusement parks - Mirabilandia.
The park recently inaugurated its first indoor attraction, a dark ride called Ghostville - a trip through the haunted ruins of an old Western gold-mining town featuring a cutting edge audio, lighting and animatronics set-up.
The ride was designed and built by specialist firm Art Project of Torbolo; they, in turn, called in Vida Studio Srl of Milan to supply a turnkey package, comprising hardware and systems for all the ride's audio, video, lighting and control.
The main control system is made up of a show controller, four 8-channel stereo players and a DMX machine controlling the light rig. An input/output expander receives the signals from a series of photocells and proximity sensors installed along the ride; these are triggered by the goldmine carriages - designed by Emiliana Luna Park - as they pass, and via serial messages communicate the show control presets to be recalled. Audio and lighting signalsare therefore fed out in perfect sync.