Friday, September 22, 2023

Sarner Wins Accolades for Both New and Old Attractions

Valhalla ride at Blackpool Pleasure BeachKingston upon Thames, UK — Award winning creative AV design and installation specialist Sarner ended 2012 on a high note with yet another industry award to add to its trophy cabinet, for a project that was designed 12 years ago.

Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s most iconic ride, has been voted one of the best in Europe more than a decade after it first opened.  The world’s biggest indoor dark ride was given the honour at the European Star Awards after a panel of International experts voted it one of the best on the Continent.

Valhalla, which takes riders on a Viking journey through fire, water, snow, thunder and lightning, has enjoyed longevity thanks to Sarner’s initial creativity and diversity in combining a white knuckle flume ride with theatrical dynamics of powerful storyline sequences.  Sarner conceived the masterplan design for Valhalla in 2000 and are delighted to see it still winning awards 12 years on.

This accolade follows the four awards that Sarner won for its more recent creative design and installation project – the Doctor Who Experience for BBC Worldwide.  Ross Magri, Sarner MD, is thrilled with the company’s winning streak and hopes to repeat the success with some of the current projects that are in production.  He commented, “It’s amazing when your hard work gets recognised.  But to win an award for a project 12 years after it was conceived means even more.  All these fantastic awards show that Sarner really does create award winning attractions and we plan to continue to do so.”

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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