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24th Jun, 2022

College student designs theme park ride

A STRATFORD College student has been having a thrill a minute during lockdown by designing her down theme park ride.

Katie Bonehill from Redditch has been designing and building scale models as an independent project as part of her technical theatre course.

The 20-year-old – who has been going to theme parks since childhood – used inspiration from Disney film Atlantis to create a ‘dark ride’ transporting people through scenes using special effects.

She said: “I wanted the ride to have an ‘adventure’ feel, which reflects the nature of the action-packed film.

“I designed each scene by creating drawings and to-scale ground plans. I’ve also planned for the inclusion of lighting, sound effects and other technical aspects on the ride.”

And Katie says her dream job would be to design rides for Disney.

She added: “The Disney attractions are so heavily themed and detailed, and my course has helped me to understand just how much technology and set design goes into them. Suddenly, the job seems a lot more achievable.”

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