Survivor becomes an interactive roller coaster at Paramount’s Great America

NBC turned Fear Factor into an interactive show at Universal’s parks in Florida and California, and now Paramount is adapting Survivor into a roller coaster.

Paramount is calling the ride “the world’s first reality coaster,” as it’s not just a roller coaster with a sign that says “Survivor.” It features “tribal music and jungle drums” plus “fiery 40-foot tall torches, exotic tribal relics and tropical landscaping reflective of previous international SURVIVOR locales,” according to a press release. For the ride, “[g]uests are divided into two tribes and challenged to demonstrate their enthusiasm through tribal chants and ritual dance movements that trigger a collection of native masks to spray water on the losing tribe.”

And that confusing, somewhat frightening description is apparently only about the pre-show. The actual ride itself is “a giant circular vessel complete with a towering tribal mask looming at its center. Guests sit facing outward and experience a thrilling rocking and spinning motion as the platform swirls along a wave-like track — all while traversing through rugged terrain and ascending hills as high as five stories tall,” the press release says.

As part of the launch of the attraction, which opens sometime this spring, the park is having a contest, where 16 people will be selected by web site visitor votes to go to the park for free.

Survivor the Ride [Paramount's Great America]

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