‘Over the Hill’ at Southend’s Adventure Island is a ghost train for a new generation. This exciting dark ride represents a £1 million revamp of the former Beelzee Bob’s Trail and is hosted by a creepy new character called The Undertaker, who waves guests goodbye as they set off on a fear-filled trip to an abandoned cemetery. Forget all of your preconceptions and prepare to be frightened, with this high-tech twist on the classic family ghost train ride.

Southend-on-Sea, UK
- Project Engineering & Technical Design - Lighting, Audio, Video, Network Design - Interactive Technologies - Graphics - Lighting - Audiovisual - Programming - Construction & Installation - Support & Maintenance - Ongoing Upgrades and Extensions - Training

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Using audio visuals and special effects, Sarner created a new ghost train experience for the 21st century. The ride features CGI video projections, lighting special-effects, model animations and a state-of-the-art audio system. The attraction’s highlight is a twist on the old ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ illusion. Sarner's skilled engineers used coated foil to create a half mirror effect and this, combined with projection and 3D set effects, creates lifelike floating holographic images.

'We involved Sarner in the project because we wanted a company with audio visual show experience and they were able to provide the technical expertise and design advice for the various special effects, utilising state of the art equipment and the very latest technology. Our previous ghost train won 'Best new U.K attraction in 1999' and we are sure that, with Sarner's dedication, expertise and valued input, Over The Hill will surpass that.'
Paul Clapp Creative Director, Adventure Island