Saturday, August 25, 2018

Elitch Gardens to Open First Ever Artist-Driven Dark Ride in 2019

Coming to Elitch Gardens in 2019 will be Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape, a first-of-its-kind dark ride experience created by artists from the Meow Wolf art collective.

The ride, which will replace the park's current Ghost Blasters dark ride, will be totally artist-driven, giving riders a "densely immersive and fully interactive experience."

For those not familiar with Meow Wolf, the art collective was founded in 2008 and is composed of more than 200 artists in every field imaginable.  They are responsible for the THEA Award winning House of Eternal Return, located in Santa Fe, NM, which is an "explorable, immersive art installation filled with technology, and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages. The wildly imaginative art space is a collaboration of over 100 local artists and is a unique combination of children’s museum, art gallery, jungle gym, and fantasy novel."

© Elitch Gardens
At Elitch Gardens, Kaleidoscape will build on the group's momentum and be a truly unique experience for park visitors.  As described by Elitch Gardens, riders "will be transported to other-worldly motion, deep sound, wild color and interactive moments that create an immersive world around you."

“Meow Wolf artists love amusement park rides,” said Vince Kadlubek, CEO. “They are works of art with architecture, pacing, sensation, color, theme and more. To create a dark ride has been a true dream of ours and we’re deeply honored to work with Elitch Gardens to create the first ride in the world that is also a multimedia piece of contemporary art.”

The park is a perfect location for the first Meow Wolf dark ride, as the collective will open a brand new exhibit in Denver in 2020.

For more on the new attraction including a preview video, check out Elitch Garden's website.


chris. said...

This seems cool, but it is not in fact the first dark ride created by artists. My friend Richard Eagan and his friends created the "Spookhouse" in the '80s at Coney Island.