Cedar Fair has found great success with in-park augmented reality (AR) experiences at Cedar Point and Kings Dominion. The 2016 version of Battle For Cedar Point was an award-winning application designed by Holovis. It did so well that the Battle For Cedar Point app experience was updated, and a similar experience, Battle For Kings Dominion, was introduced in 2017. While the future of this mobile AR experience is unknown, it certainly continues to have great potential. In many ways, I hope it continues to get new upgrades and is also integrated into more Cedar Fair parks in the next few years. In fact, here are five Cedar Fair parks that should get give their guests the AR “battle” experience!
Battle For Carowinds
Considered by many enthusiasts as the best regional park in the southeast, Carowinds could really benefit from adding this battle app in next year or two. It’s really a great fit for the park. First, Carowinds already added Wi-Fi last year when it also added FunPix. Having in-park Wi-Fi is a great way to encourage app adoption. Second, the park has a solid coaster collection from which to select four or five battle characters. There are plenty of queue lines to add AR experiences into! Third, the park is unique in that it spans across two states, North Carolina and South Carolina, and that could even be fun to blend into the experience.
Battle For Kings Island
Kings Island would be a great park to add this Holovis AR experience in. Like Carowinds, Kings Island has Wi-Fi. Also, the park has an amazing collection of roller coasters. Imagine having battle characters based off The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Firehawk, and Mystic Timbers. It sounds great, doesn’t it? In addition, the park gets great attendance throughout the year. With the addition of WinterFest in 2017, even more guests will be in the park.
Battle For Canada’s Wonderland
One of the other busiest amusement parks in the Cedar Fair chain is Canada’s Wonderland. This park is one of the typical options when Cedar Fair wants to test something new out. The technology would work nicely for the park, and it even has Wi-Fi to help enhance the gaming experience for guests. During the summers, the lines get longer, and many guests get bored in the lines. Why not give them a gaming experience to remember? Did I mention that this park has a lot of roller coasters to base battle characters off too? It’s just a natural fit take this AR experience north of the border!
Battle for Knott’s Berry Farm
At first glance, this park’s traditional roots and theming focus might not seem like a good fit for this gaming experience, but this is far from the case. Knott’s Berry Farm is open all year long and draws guests from all over. Generally speaking, California is a hotbed for technology, and many of the park’s nearby competition are introducing more technology into their park experiences. Adding this AR option would be a great way to draw the gaming crowd. While the park does not have a bunch of crazy tall roller coasters, it does have a nice line-up that is filled with exciting thrills. Sure, this park might not be at the top of the list, it certainly is deserving of joining this top five.
Battle for Worlds Of Fun
Worlds of Fun is one of Cedar Fair’s more centrally-located amusement parks. While it might not be in the biggest city in the United States, it does have some competing amusement parks in the general area (definitely within four hours). In recent years, it appears that Cedar Fair has been eying this park as a potential spot to invest even more in. While nothing is confirmed, this park could use a bit of fun for its younger crowd. With in-park Wi-Fi and similar technological infrastructure in place, adding AR to Worlds Of Fun would appear to be a fun fit!
So, there you have it – five Cedar Fair parks that should be on the shortlist of parks to get the AR Battle upgrade. It would be fun to see all Cedar Fair parks implement more technology like Holovis’ AR into their respective guest experience offerings. Cedar Fair is really on to something, but will more parks get this AR gaming app? The potential is there!