Ocean Express was part of a HK$5.55bn Master Redevelopment Plan and opened in Hong Kong’s Ocean Park as the world’s first, and only, themed 1,300m funicular system which operates inside a tunnel within a theme park.
Sarner utilised their many years of experience to create an attraction inspired by the 19th century explorer “Jules Verne” submarine for this attraction.
Working closely with the client, Ocean Park and the manufacturer of the funicular, Dopelmayer, Sarner created not only a functional mode of transport for visitors within the theme park but also an an immersive themed ride that makes use of sophisticated audio-visual technology, animation and surround effects.
Connecting the two sides of Ocean Park, the Ocean Express funicular ride carries passengers back and forth from the waterfront and the summit area of the theme park, which was previously served by cable cars alone. The journey takes visitors from the undersea world to the tropical jungles in just over 3 minutes and can carry a capacity of 5,000 people per hour.