Fall 2012 - Jumping Fish - (9/10/12) Lotte World and Goddard Group have announced a unique new ride coming to the park in Fall 2012, the first in a “multi-project deal” Goddard has with Lotte World. The ride is called Jumping Fish, and is promised to be a highly themed new family ride with Animatronics, themed environments and 4D effects.
Jump over to Facebook and take a quick look at the concept art, and then realize that the ride system will be a custom themed Zamperla Flying Tiger flat ride, which is essentially a suspended version of a classic Whip ride.
2013 - Do You Speak Beluga? - (12/18/12) The talking Beluga whale character coming to the new Lotte World attraction was created by Rayglyph and used at EXPO 2012 YeoSu and was apparently a hit with the audiences there where he was known as Dugong. You can find a few photos and a video of the show here.
(12/11/12) Lotte World will be adding an interesting new attraction to the park’s Aqua Plaza in January 2013 called “Do You Speak Beluga?” The announcement about the new attraction comes from the Goddard Group’s Facebook page, who are the creative team behind the project. Essentially, this seems like it will be a Korean version of Disney’s Turtle Talk with Crush, but featuring a talking Beluga Whale instead. I’ve got a hunch this should be a big hit to the Lotte World crowd.
2013 - Lotte World Waterpark - (2/1/12) Lotte World has just signed a $22 million deal with WhiteWater West to open a new Lotte World Waterpark in May 2013 in Kimhae, near Busan, South Korea. WhiteWater West will engineer, create and install all of the new waterpark’s indoor and outdoor attractions. According to WhiteWater, the project will include two MEGAtubes, the new Family Rattler and Family Python ,a Family Boomerango, AquaLoop, Abyss, 8-Lane Whizzard, Family Raft Slide, Dueling Master Blasters as well as a few standard Speed and Body Slides. The park will also feature a 115 foot pneumatic Surf Wave Pool, a smaller 60 foot indoor wave pool, a Flow Rider Double and two different AuqaPlay water fortress attractions.
2013 - Brother Moon & Sister Sun’s TALL TALE - (4/22/13) The Goddard Group has posted a new picture on their Facebook page about another new attraction opening in Lotte World this May called Brother Moon & Sister Sun’s TALL TALE”. The ride system is a pair of S&S Frog Hopper rides heavily themed to fit in with the finale of this famous Korean Fairy Tale where a brother and sister are chased up into the sky by a tiger.
2013 - Underland / Triotech XD Dark Ride - (5/6/13) Check out the new commercial for Lotte World’s new 4D shooting theater attraction going into Underland from Triotech.
(4/10/13) New onsite pictures from the new Underland area at Lotte World have been posted to the Goddard Group Facebook page this week as their crew checks on the progress of the new land.
(2/27/13) Some construction images from the new Underland, now under construction at Lotte Worod, have been posted to the Goddard Group Facebook page. Click here to see more.
(2/13/13) The Goddard Group shows off more concept artwork for the new Underland at Lotte World on their Facebook page this week.
(1/18/13) Get a sneak preview of Underland, a new land to be created at Lotteworld in a unique space UNDER th
e park by the Goddard Group. Underland is a unique fantasy world, home to a race of fun and lovable ogres. If the ogres end up looking anything like the concept art indicates, I’d say that the art style was heavily influence by the awesome creatures created for The Monster Plantation at Six Flags over Georgia. (Can we have a Gangnam Style themed Ogre please?!)
From what I’ve been led to understand, Underland, opening in Spring 2013, will also be home to the park’s new XD Dark Ride / Interactive Theater experience. From the look of things, Underland will also be home to a variety of new food locations. But will they serve Korean food, or will they serve unique Ogre dishes?
(11/16/12) BlooLoop reports that Lotte World has teamed up with Triotech to build a 40-seat XD Dark Ride, which will be the largest XD Dark Ride ever built. The new attraction will be an interactive 3D experience. Things get a bit silly when they start to claim that the XD Dark Ride is actually “7D technology”, but it sounds like it will feature a multi-player game element to the action.
Click here to visit the official XD Dark Ride website from TrioTech and you’ll see that the “Dark Ride” portion of the name is a little misleading, as this is still an interactive theater experience, and not an actual dark ride that travels from room to room. Here they have merged a 4D Theater, with motion seats with a target shooting interactive video game style system, similar to what we’ve seen from AlterFace for the past few years.