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Popcorn Revenge celebrates TEA Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement at IAAPA Expo


Alterface is proud that the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) jury has selected the interactive dark ride Popcorn Revenge in Walibi Belgium for a Thea Awards Outstanding Achievement, Limited Budget. It is the second year in a row that an interactive Alterface ride receives this prestigious award in the same category. Last year Basyliszek at the Polish Legendia was honored with a Thea Award in Anaheim. Both rides are the result of a successful partnership of Alterface and the respective park teams with ETF Ride Systems, Jora Vision, Painting with Light, Barco and Showtex.

“This attraction, hands down, had us grinning from ear to ear,” says the TEA Thea Awards Committee. “Brand new IPs are tricky to execute and difficult to immediately captivate the imagination, but Popcorn Revenge’s delightful mix of quirky characters, pun-filled signage and simple-yet-effective gameplay - all under the guise of a richly themed Bollywood cinema - delivered on that premise and more. In a footprint of just 400 square meters this unique family attraction demonstrates excellence in design and décor and provides unique technical solutions in an accessible and affordable option for regional parks. Instead of all the vehicles taking visitors on the same linear track, each (trackless) vehicle follows its own unique route. This ‘erratic’ or unpredictable ride choreography result in a variable visitor experience with no two rides or experiences the same, thanks to a proprietary software that delivers seemingly endless combinations. Each player’s score builds up over time and is displayed and rewarded at the end of the game. Popcorn Revenge highlights a new frontier in balancing high-energy creative with successful investment.”

Benoit Cornet, CEO & Founder of Alterface comments: “We are thrilled with this award as the ride has been produced on a very limited budget. It does prove however that with the right combination of technology, creativity and dedication, it is possible to craft a high-quality and fun ride for family parks within an affordable budget. I’d like to thank the Thea Awards Committee for this recognition and congratulate our customer, partners and team members for such truly outstanding achievement!” 

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