This project is an original concept based on the films “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
The ride takes place in a fictional arcade named : Galactic Arcadia! The arcade is particularly special because it is where young Peter Quill (a.k.a Star Lord) would go to play Pac-Man in the early 1980s . Fast forward to modern day where the arcade is still open and continues to entertain kids and adults with it’s retro games. The newest game inside the arcade is : ROCKET ROCKERS! Rocket Rockers is a game that was dreamed up and built by Peter Quill and given to the arcade as a gift in the summer of 2017. So come on in and play the all new:
“Guardians of the Galaxy, ROCKET ROCKERS!”
Finished Project (Ride through video) :
(“Lights on”) Behind the scenes tour of how the ride operated:
Since this was an original story, custom animation had to be created. I collaborated with Cody Reanu to create original animation for this ride.
3/01/17. Construction Begins! All the lights, wood and paint was bought prior to construction. Everything is laid out and ready to begin the process of bringing the ride to life.
3/05/17 – The base for the “Arcade game” was laid down. Rising 7″ above the ground, this elevations allows the riders to see over the front wall. The chair was placed to get an idea of the height line for the riders. Soon this base will be walled in.
3/07/17 – The frame surrounding the base has began to take shape.
Below is a time lapse video of the framework being constructed.
3/15/17 – A backwards view looking at the frame that will surround the riders. An opening was left on the far left side of this image to allow riders to get in and out of the “arcade game”.
3/20/17 – This is a collection of paint samples for the arcade game. The colors needed to be vibrant and retro. I ultimately decided on the colors Blue and orange. These colors mimic the color scheme used on “Star-Lord’s” ship in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
4/5/17 – These crazy shapes are designed to look like a computer chip. In the ride’s story the arcade game was constructed using alien technology, so the designs had to appear to be from another planet. The shapes were created using painters tape then were painted orange. Once dried the tape would be removed to reveal the strange shapes.
4/15/17 – The entire front of the arcade game is completed with the color scheme. More construction will be built upon this structure. This section had to be painted and completed first before more could be added on top of it.
5/ 20 /17 – The windows frame is completed and finished with the color scheme. The middle and top sections of the window are not painted. This is because they will have fake medal attached to them to give the structure a more arcade game feel.
5/ 20/ 17 – This window was a challenge during the construction process. The window is 8′ in height and 8′ wide. A piece of wood needed to go across the entire 8′ window to frame in the view. A piece that large could not fit through the door into this room. Ultimately I cut the sheet in half and re-attached them in the center on the back. This created the illusion of the wood being one solid piece.
6/07/17 – A finished piece, hung in place inside the room. There will be five of these total surrounding the space of the ride. The ride takes place in the fictional “Galactic Arcadia”, an arcade from the 1980s. These designs have a retro feel to them, which compliments the world of Guardians of the Galaxy.
6/20/17 – Glow in the dark stars were added to the arcade game’s window. The glow in the dark stars were chosen for the retro space theme. Although there are better effects at creating stars, these fit the story; an 1980s kids arcade.
6/25/17 – A complete view of the near complete arcade game structure.
Special lighting effects were used on the ride. To create the illusion of real stars fiber optics were installed into the front section of the game. Below is a time lapse of these lights being installed.
How: A small hole was drilled into the wood. The tiny fiber optics were thread through the hole. The fiber optics were fastened by gorilla tape on the backside of each hole. The fiber optics were then cut at the front end.
7 / 01/ 17 – The front view of the fiber optic lights. Notice how some strands have been cut while others haven’t
7/10/17 – The bench that riders will sit on has been installed and painted to match the color scheme. Also the fan effect has been installed.
7/13/17 – More theming to the arcade! These banners were installed to give the arcade more of a rich theme. Also above the arcade window an image of the guardians has been placed. This image was to feature all the characters and was inspired by art typically found on vintage arcade games.
7 / 25/ 17 – Construction is complete and the ride has began show testing. The screen could be seen through the opening in the window. This image was taken during lighting tests.
7/30/17 – On ride photo. The top section of stars are projected, the bottom section are the fiber optics. In the show lighting these two elements (projection/fiber optics) blend to create an immersive view of the stars in the cosmos.
7/30/17 – On ride photo. The rides finale. Star-Lord has been reunited with his walkman and the guardians gather to thank the riders for helping rocket raccoon!
(Disney & MARVEL own rights to all characters. This project was for creative purpose only.)