This week the UK reopened all indoor attractions meaning British theme park goers can once again experience the magic of Dark Rides. As a family-based engineering business, creating experiences and memories is what we do. Dark Rides perfectly combine engineering innovation and vivid story-telling, creating an immersive experience like no other. Garmendale have had the immense pleasure of telling incredible stories through dark rides for the last 20 years, from Robin Hood to the Hunger Games. These 2 projects in particular demonstrate how diverse Dark rides can be, tailor making experiences to match budget and creative intent as well as honouring the IP/Story being brought to life.

Robin Hood’s Adventure at Sundown Adventureland is a family classic immersing passengers in the charming and whimsical world of Sherwood’s favourite outlaw. Garmendale’s Track Master is at the heart of this great family attraction for children of all ages. For the thrill-seekers a motion base Dark Ride system creates the ultimate experience of motion and excitement. Motiongate’s Panem Aerial Tour is a great example of how our Motion master 30 system can seamlessly immerse visitors in a completely different world of excitement and adventure. Taking riders through the skies of the fictional world of Panem before partaking in an aerial chase through the skyscrapers adorning this city our Motion Master 30 delivers thrills as well as a consistent throughput. Click here to see the Panem Aerial Tour in action.


Garmendale’s latest family dark ride system opened its doors on Monday. After a yearlong delay finally, guests can experience the magic and fun of Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers. With visitors plunged into an exciting heist for the crown jewels our Spin Master ride system spins and manoeuvres guests through a selection of scenes taken straight from David Walliam’s bestselling children’s book. Check out what visitors have been tweeting after experiencing our latest dark ride.

“Gangsta Granny is overall a fantastic dark ride experience. Lengthy, great story telling.”

“Gangsta Granny The Ride is a fantastic bamboozeling wild ride of the senses”

“Did I really queue for 1 hour to get on the new gangsta granny ride? Yes. Was it worth it? Also yes.”

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The 3 Garmendale ride systems mentioned above have one thing in common that the world really needs right now, the chance to escape. Leaving one world and entering another is why Dark Rides are so crucial to the theme park going experience. We hope you get the chance to lose yourself in a Dark Ride very soon now the world is opening up once more.

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