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Alcorn McBride Helps “Give Kids The World Village” Deliver a Memorable Experience

Orlando – Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD and Video Binloop systems are helping to make a visit to Give Kids The World Village a memorable experience for children and their families. Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most famous attractions. Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, no cost, fantasy vacations at the village.

Two Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD and two Video Binloop systems are deployed in a pair of key venues at the resort.

Each of the Wish Children visiting the village receives a golden star and an invitation from the Star Fairy to bring it to the Enchanted Castle of Miracles where they will make a wish on the star and place it in the Star Fairy’s wooden chest. Each day the Star Fairy gathers the golden stars and places them in the Castle sky. But with available space in the Castle sky dwindling, a new Star Tower structure was built to enable the wish star tradition to continue for the next 20 years.

Themed entertainment design company ITEC Entertainment Corp. specified Alcorn McBride Video Binloops for sound cues associated with the star placement. Animation, twinkling lights and other magical effects make each child’s star disappear from the Star Fairy’s chest and begin its journey to the Castle of Miracle’s sky.

“There are many triggered sound effects and background music in the castle area and the Video Binloop system, equipped with Cobranet, sources all the audio,” explains Scott Fischler of ITEC. “We also have an Alcorn McBride DMX Machine controlling a series of LED lights in the Star Tower.”

Digital Binloop HD systems and Video Binloops play a central role in the video and music presentations in the new Gallery of Love. Carved out of the former Caring Center building, the Gallery of Love visitor center celebrates and honors the generosity of the corporate partners and individuals who have helped the resort grow into the magical place it is today.

After gutting the building, an integrated show system for videos and background music was installed. A video documentary about Henri Landwirth, the founder of the resort, is played back from a Binloop HD system in the lobby area. The rotunda features four video screens, mounted in portrait mode, displaying rotating donor text lists that come from the HD Binloop. Another six screens, also in portrait mode, form a videowall showing sponsor logos interwoven with photos of the visiting children or donor-supplied video content on a single screen or across all six screens. The screens are fed by six separate video sources and one channel of audio all coming from a Digital Binloop HD.

Fischler is pleased with the Alcorn McBride acquisitions. “The systems are working great and we’re very happy with them,” he reports.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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