VOLKANU – Brand New Sally Dark Ride Announced For Iowa Theme Park

At the 2021 IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo a brand new dark ride concept was announced today! Sally Dark Rides is currently designing and building VOLKANU – Quest for The Golden Idol which will open at Lost Island Theme Park.

The new ride will be housed inside the park’s large volcanic structure. It fits in with the park’s mythical island theme and will feature interactivity, animatronics and immersive sets.

The new ride will be 4-minutes in length and be the anchor attraction for the new park in Waterloo, Iowa. “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 John Wood, CEO/Chairman of Sally Dark Rides. “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.”

The ride is inspired by the great god of fire Volkanu – a legendary bestial being of molten rock living deep inside Lost Island. The experience will take riders on a thrill-packed adventure to locate the sacred Ora-Tika statue, responsible for keeping Volkanu dormant and return it to the altar to restore peace to the island. Guests will be equipped with a powerful Thermal Blaster as they battle with the minions of Volkanu and head to the Temple of Fire to return the statue to its altar.

The 159-acre Lost Island Theme Park is currently under construction across Shaulis Road from the Lost Island Waterpark and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo. For years the Bertch family has been developing expansion plans to transform their Waterloo, Iowa location from a regional water park to a destination resort by transforming 159 acres of farmland into a brand-new theme park. The masterplan developed by BDR Design Group out of Cincinnati, OH shows the park divided into five different “realms” (lands) that have backstories and elements that all tie together. Each realm will include a variety of rides and attractions designed to immerse guests into the stories of those lands.

Installation of Volkanu began October of 2021. The dark ride is slated to debut at the park’s grand opening in 2022.

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