Busch Gardens® Tampa
Attracting well over 4 million guests annually, Busch Gardens is ranked 26th among Theme parks and Attractions worldwide. During the holiday months of November and December, Busch Gardens Tampa transforms their plush 335+ acres into an enchanting wonderland of all things Christmas. Theaters throughout the park are transformed into Christmas-themed shows in celebration of the holiday season for an event called Christmas Town. The whole park is decorated with Christmas lights and theming. Among the more popular attractions is Snow World, in which guests can play in real snow and ride down ice slides. A collection of roughly 175 COLORado 1-Quad Tour par-style LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional provided by Barbizon Lighting Company were used to help illuminate and enhance the more than one million lights at Busch Gardens® Tampa’s Christmas Town. Most of the fixtures provided external lighting for the attraction’s impressive 50′ tall tree. Incredibly colorful and fun! Thanks to Barbizon Lighting and Busch Gardens Tampa, a beautiful Christmas Town has emerged to bring all of the dreams of this holiday season to life!
Cedar Point Ohio
Amusement Park Installation
Cedar Point, the second oldest operating amusement park in the United States, offers a wide variety of entertainment, from its dynamic roller coasters to interactive shows or pictures with Snoopy. Placed in the midway area of the park, 28 ILUMINARC exterior lighting solutions walk guests from the main entrance to Celebration Plaza, vividly coloring buildings and accentuating signs. President of Blue Haze Entertainment Andrew Strain found the ILUMINARC lights ideal for this architainment application and conceived the design for the midway section. Sixteen Ilumiline 21 IP linear RGB wash luminaires uplight 16 pieces of vertical truss placed equidistantly in a median green area. “Ilumiline 21 IP is great as a truss toner,” Strain said. “It’s a little bit wider than the truss, giving an even wash, up the 16-foot towers.” Easy to customize, all of the Ilumiline 21 IP lights have special brackets and a strap under the bottom. “These lights are great to use,” Strain said. “There are no buttons on them, there are no screens, and you can tie them directly into conduit boxes.” Another reason for Strain to choosing LED wash lights is the energy efficiency. “On a 20-amp circuit that we use to normally run one or two lights, we’re running 18 lights on each 20-amp circuit and they’re about 70 percent more efficient than their halogen version,” Strain said. “Plus we have the added benefit of being able to change colors.”
Intimidators Get The Fun Started
It happens every Friday night around 8 o’clock. The street lights and store lights on iPlay America’s “city square” start to flicker before going completely dark while realistic sounds of a power grid failing fill the air. Suddenly some Intimidator Beam LED 350 fixtures from CHAUVET DJ begin to strobe; then as the music in the background gets louder, more Intimidator fixtures kick in, flooding the downtown of New Jersey’s “premier theme park” with eye-popping colors that kick off four nonstop goodtime hours of dancing, mingling, playing games and cosmic bowling. Creating this level of excitement at an indoor theme park that doesn’t have the scenic elements of its larger outdoor counterparts can present a challenge, said Blackmore. This challenge is made even more difficult by the fact that an indoor park’s budget is much tighter than that of a bigger outdoor facility. Well-placed lights with rapid movements, sharp beams, attractive prisms and inviting gobos can be used to create an environment that’s every bit as fun for guests as a big outdoor park’s. A quick visit to iPlay America on a Friday night should be enough to convince anyone of this point. “We use lights to create an atmosphere that transports guests,” said Blackmore. “Once the lightshow starts and the music is turned up, guests lose themselves. They could be anywhere having fun.”
Technical Artistry of New York
There is a plethora of unique experiences to enjoy in Manhattan. Now a singularly exceptional one has been added to the list: the chance to enter the world of an aquarium fish. This opportunity takes place at Seaglass Carousel, a domed spaceship-like structure located at the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park. Unlike typical carousels, which feature ponies, unicorns and the like, Seaglass takes visitors on a ride inside giant tropical fish with shimmering colorful bodies made all the more vibrant by the intense output of 50 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom IP LED wash fixtures from CHAUVET Professional that were used in a design by Technical Artistry of New York. A collection of 30 mechanical ‘fish,’ including a 14′ high angel fish, 11′ beta, 12′ yellow lionfish and similar specimens designed by George Tsypin, set designer for the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid, traverse this fanciful attraction. Carried along on three 17′ turntables that rotate back and forth up to five times a minute, the fish move with the undulating, yawing aquatic motions familiar to anyone who’s ever peered through the glass of an aquarium. “The carousel creates an immersive experience, and lights are a key part of it,” said Kyle Chepulis of Technical Artistry. “We installed the COLORados on a custom-designed steel lighting support ring overhead. The fixtures are used to light the room and create show looks. We make the lights and music different for each ride to create a unique experience.” Technical Artistry of New York became involved in the Seaglass Carousel project, which was developed by the Battery Conservancy, when WXY, the architects that inspired, created and designed the carousel, invited them on board.