The hidden path of an interactive boat ride is a new concept we introduced with Angkor.” — Josh Rodriguez, PGAV Destinations
St. Louis, MO, USA (May 6 , 2014) — PortAventura’s newest family attraction, Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom, sets the world record for the longest interactive boat ride through a thrilling adventure.
PGAV Destinations, based in St. Louis, MO, originated the concept and basis of design for the new ride, including thematic storyline and content, site planning, and ride layout and programming.
“We are thrilled to offer this brand new adventure for our family visitors to PortAventura,” said Sergio Feder, president and CEO of PortAventura. “Angkor is absolutely the most immersive interactive boat ride on the planet and establishes a new, expandable themed zone for PortAventura!”
Angkor revolutionizes the traditional interactive boat ride by creating a winding, mysterious path through a lost jungle. “We still show just enough of the ride from the main walking path to intrigue and excite guests, but the rest remains a surprise until you’re on the boat and deep within the hidden jungle,” said Josh Rodriguez, attraction designer with PGAV Destinations.
Guests embark on their three-phase adventure from a beautiful, Angkor Wat-inspired temple. The ride path guides them through a lush jungle, where they meet numerous creatures along the river’s shores. They then encounter a native village in the second act, inspired by river villages throughout Thailand, where they’re challenged to blast a variety of characters and targets with water. In the third and final act of the 300m adventure, the course doubles back in close proximity, and guests are flooded in an all-out water battle with the other boats.
“It’s really exciting to see just how well Angkor turned out,” said John Kemper, PGAV Destinations VP and project lead. “We really think it’ll be loved as one of the most unique experiences that the park has to offer – it’s been a pure joy to work on this attraction with PortAventura.”
Mack Rides provided the hardware for Angkor, Valerio Mazzoli Studios completed the final theming package, and PortAventura’s Design and Engineering Department managed the project execution. Angkor is the latest result of a master plan created for PortAventura by PGAV Destinations, whom also designed the original park and Hotel Gold River.
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