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‘Volkanu’ dark ride highlights mythical storytelling of new Lost Island theme park

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Sally Dark Rides has revealed details about “Volkanu – Quest for the Golden Idol,” one of the first major attractions to debut at the new Lost Island Theme Park, set to open next year in Waterloo, Iowa.

Lost Island Theme Park - Vokkanu - Quest for the Golden Idol
Images courtesy of Sally Dark Rides

The 159-acre Lost Island theme park will contain five mythical realms, each with its own distinct architecture and culture: Udara (air), Awa (water), Yuta (earth), Mura (fire), and Tamariki (spirit). Each realm will include rides and attractions to immerse guests into the stories of those lands. “Volkanu – Quest for the Golden Idol,” the park’s anchor attraction, will showcase the element of fire in the Mura Realm and be housed inside a large Volcano just west of the park entrance.

Lost Island Theme Park - Volkanu - Quest for the Golden Idol
Artist rendering courtesy of BDR Design Group

The ride was custom-designed by Sally Dark Rides to blend seamlessly with the park’s overall mythical island theme and is inspired by the great god of fire, Volkanu, a legendary being of molten rock living deep inside Lost Island.  The four-minute experience will take riders on a thrill-packed adventure to locate a sacred Ora-Tika statue — the Golden Idol that keeps Volkanu dormant — return it to the altar, and restore peace to the island.

“At Sally, we strive to create immersive, engaging experiences for families. That’s what made our partnership with Lost Island Theme Park a perfect fit,” says Sally Dark Rides Chairman and CEO John Wood. “There’s incredible thematic storytelling in this park. It’s truly going to transport families into a magical land. We’re focusing on every detail of Volkanu to bring that story to life for guests to enjoy for years to come.”

Lost Island Theme Park - Volkanu aniamatronic

The interactive ride will feature interactive 3D imagery, dynamic scenery, animatronic figures, and dazzling special effects, as well as state-of-the-art, multi-level gameplay technology as guests equipped with powerful Thermal Blasters battle Volkanu’s minions.

“The team at Sally is the best of the best. They’ve created a thrill-packed adventure ride with Volkanu that’s sure to become a fan-favorite at Lost Island,” said Eric Bertch, owner of Lost Island Waterpark. “The new theme park builds on the magic we created with our waterpark for an all-new, immersive experience. With rides like Volkanu and many more to come, we can’t wait to see the excitement on families’ faces on opening day.”

Installation of Volkanu began in October 2021, and the ride is scheduled to debut at the park’s grand opening in 2022.

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