Saturday, December 9, 2023

CAVU Designwerks partners with Thinkwell, DreamCraft, and Framestore on Lionsgate LBE attractions for China

Thinkwell Group has partnered with CAVU Designwerks Inc. (CAVU), DreamCraft Attractions Ltd. (DreamCraft) and Framestore to develop two new rides that will expand the boundaries in location-based entertainment. Both rides showcase blockbuster Lionsgate film properties.

These unprecedented attractions, The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape, will launch this year at Lionsgate Entertainment World in China, a first of its kind indoor immersive entertainment destination that features various state-of-the-art VR, AR, and multimedia attractions, performances, dining, and exclusive retail experiences based on some of Lionsgate’s most popular film franchises. For more information visit

“CAVU and DreamCraft are excited to have collaborated with Lionsgate, Thinkwell and Framestore to introduce these revolutionary attractions to the industry at Lionsgate Entertainment World” explains Peter Schnabel, CEO of CAVU.

The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride is an action packed hyper-reality VR experience set in the world of The Twilight Saga. “Midnight Ride is a VR motorcycle simulator that features real motorcycles, avatar embodiment and proprietary Predictive Ride TrackingTM. Dreamcraft has created a world’s first virtual ride path with real-time virtual motorcycle physics matched with real world motorcycles and motion bases.” says Terry Sanderson, VR Producer at DreamCraft Attractions.

Mark Stepanian, VP Innovation & Engineering at CAVU describes Midnight Ride as a “first-of-its kind” attraction. “Guests can move throughout the Twilight world and interact with friends, family and familiar characters from a highly responsive motion base. Coupled with force feedback haptics, wind and scent, it is designed to fully engage all the senses. This ride makes for a truly ground-breaking experience.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape (image top of page) places guests into the world of The Hunger Games, and takes them on a thrilling escape through the Capitol. As the first enclosed motion simulator in mainland China, this state of the art simulator is entirely electric and runs silently without environmental concerns.

The 6DOF motion base supports a 30 person cabin and features an eye-popping digital presentation, this attraction delivers a vivid and realistic experience guests will love.

CAVU’s ride systems engineering talent combined with DreamCraft’s technical prowess, Framestore’s media expertise and Thinkwell’s creative and production leadership made The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride possible along with the state-of-the-art immersive cabin simulator The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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