The Japanese attraction "Mission Refreshment" at the World of Coca-Cola
Tokyo (WOCCT)" is a one-of-a-kind experience. Where else could you drive
a bumper car beneath an alien mothership, all the while either avoiding
or hitting light beams collecting points to make the world safe for softdrinks?
Opened in October 2000 WOCCT is located in the "Sony Mediage"building,
part of a new upscale entertainment/shopping complex situated across the
Rainbow Bridge from downtown Tokyo.
The ride is explained thus: Aliens have reportedly been using intense beams of light to steal the world's supply of Coca-Cola. Guests are recruited to help fend off the aliens and are whisked away to their "ride vehicles" to defend the soft drink. Guests, whose eyes and ears are being bombarded with a virtual barrage of audio and lighting effects, must manoeuver their vehicles beneath the alien mother ship, collecting points as they go. At the conclusion of the game, the aliens admit defeat and promptly suggest that there is enough Coca-Cola for everyone.
The primary game lighting is provided by a combination of two dozen Martin MiniMAC Profiles and MiniMAC Washes which change positions a minimum of once every eight seconds throughout the four-minute game, with some fixtures moving much more frequently. Between games, the MiniMACs, along with four LE Mini-Strips, provide the ride's stylized entrance and exit illumination.
The atmosphere is enhanced by the use of two Rosco smoke machines, which help emphasize the "tractor-beam" like appearance of the MiniMACs' output. Six Altman black light projectors illuminate the semi-fluorescent planetary paintings on black scrim establishing the "outer-space" local. Aside from the general illumination which is provided by numerous Altman Par 56's, a variety of specialty fixtures were incorporated into the set work. MYDesign used a combination of Super Vision "Edge Glow" optical fiber and E-Lites Electro-luminescent panels to accent the high-tech finishes of the mothership interior. Several High End Data-flash units were used within the attraction to provide multiple effects such as an exploding power transformer, and as part of the "transporter" sequence.
An ETC Insight 3 Lighting Playback Controller powering a ETC Sensor dimmer rack manages all of the lighting in the attraction. The Insight 3 receives outside instructions from an Alcorn McBride V16+ Show Controller via MIDI and monitors SMPTE generated by an Alcorn McBride SMPTE Machine.
MYDesign Key Personnel :
Technical Director - Mark Mazzanti, Show Director - Michael Yager, Lighting Design - Scott Preston
Insight Programming/Systems Design - Todd Balick, Show Control - Keith McLane
Project Manager - Timothy Heffelfinger.