Exclusive: Yas Waterworld announces live action roleplay event, opening door for potential LARP theme park

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld has unveiled plans to host a fully immersive live action roleplay (LARP) experience, with its creators planning to use the event as a pilot for a fully-fledged LARP theme park.

Taking place from 1 December to 30 December, “Legends of Arabia: The Quest of the Pearl Tribes” will allow visitors to don costumes and roleplay characters – becoming part of the show instead of just watching it.

The concept is the creation of Claus Raasted and Paul Bulencea. Raasted is best known for his work blockbuster LARP events in Polish castles, most famously the College of Wizardry, which hit the headlines worldwide in 2014 for its Harry Potter-esque experience. Bulencea is co-author of Gamification in Tourism – a book which explores the combination of gamification and experience design – and also co-creator of the upcoming College of Extraordinary Experiences.

“We are bringing this to the Emirates with the end goal of creating something bigger – a theme park dedicated to live action roleplay,” sad Bulencea speaking exclusively to Attractions Management. “This acts like a pilot, something that tests the concept.”

“A theme park constructed to our tastes means you go over there and you have the airplane LARP and over here is the space moon station or underwater world,” added Raasted. “It’s a field test that shows the basic idea but what that means for the future we don’t know yet.”

The Quest of the Pearl Tribes overhauls Waterworld’s themed environment, reimagining it at night as the setting for the duo’s LARP creation.

“The reason we’re doing it at this waterpark is that not only is it a waterpark but thanks to the theming it looks like something else,” said Raasted. “At night you notice the waterslides less and instead see the oasis and the visuals that make the park more interesting. It gives us the setting of this mythical fairytale.”

The game will accommodate up to 500 people a night, with participants divided up into 20 different clans. Each clan belongs to one of five tribes who through the three hour event will end up at odds against each other before resolving their differences in the grand finale.

As a concept, Bulencea see the LARP model as one which operations such as theme parks could take advantage of, with a relatively cheap output also encouraging return visits.

“What I think is very interesting from a business perspective is you can bring in a team that can build a concept around something you already have,” he said. “From a business sense it will cost money to create the initial concept where we come in and run a month show for them but then we enter a training phase and it becomes something very sustainable for them.

“You can use the story as a base, create a new chapter each month, and then you always have a new angle to bring people back. Engagement through immersion is the key.”

Yas Waterworld  waterpark  live action roleplay  LARP  Claus Raasted  Paul Bulencea 
Related stories
16 Oct 2016

College of Extraordinary Experiences offers hands-on training in the art of immersive design

17 Feb 2014

Abu Dhabi waterpark reveals pearl diving experience

31 Jan 2013

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld opens to public

18 Dec 2012

January launch for Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld has unveiled plans to host a fully immersive live action roleplay (LARP) experience, with its creators planning to use the event as a pilot for a fully-fledged LARP theme park. Taking place from 1 December to 30 December, “Legends of Arabia: The Quest of the Pearl Tribes” will allow visitors to don costumes and roleplay characters – becoming part of the show instead of just watching
TAW,VAT
The concept is the creation of Claus Raasted (right) and Paul Bulencea (left) / John Paul Bichard
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7593     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7593     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Blu Spas, Inc.
Blu is a full-service firm offering consulting, advisory and operating solutions.
videos
BluGalaxy a Division of Blu Spas
Blu Spas
This animation showcases the beautiful concept design of BluGalaxy Spa.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The spa and fitness centre on the 57th floor end in an infinity-edge pool with views across Philadelphia
Dana Kalczak
"If we had focused entirely on high tech in the hotel, the artistry we normally strive for would have been compromised"

Four Seasons’ vice president of design speaks to CLAD about working with Norman Foster and creating magical moments

The interiors are by Hong Kong-based practice CCD with input from Jochman
Martin Jochman founded JADE+QA in 2013. He formerly worked for Atkins
"We didn’t want to put in any gimmicks. We wanted to create a building that’s inherently sustainable through passive sustainability"

When Martin Jochman set out to transform an old quarry into a luxury hotel, he faced some serious challenges

The 5,000sq m spa is spread across four levels. The design and treatments fuse Eastern and Western influences
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

Three flights of wide steps invite the visitor into the building.
Alexander Schwarz
"Our aim was to create a place celebrating public space and accessibility"

The opening of the James-Simon- Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island completes two decades of work for David Chipperfield Architects. The lead designer talks us through the building

The Alden B Dow-designed Whiting home is now a visitor centre
Alan Metcalfe
"When people are a bit scared, they gather together"

Featuring a vibrating glass platform and one of the US’s longest tree canopy walks, Whiting Forest has been designed to bring visitors closer to nature and to one another

cladkit product news
Móz Designs columns anchor the world’s largest indoor aquarium
The design of the columns was inspired by the sea
Magali Robathan
After a two-year renovation, Oakland-based metal experts Móz Designs have unveiled their inclusion in Georgia Aquarium’s new shark gallery. Located ...
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
The compact plug-in product can be used easily in a commercial spa or domestic setting to disinfect surfaces with UV-C light
Megan Whitby
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors. During ...
LianTronics’ glasses-free 3D Star Trek LED screen attracts attention
Magali Robathan
LianTronics’ giant curved LED wall with stunning glasses-less 3D spaceship display effect has attracted many on the street of Chengdu, ...
cladkit product news
Diamond balloon concept merges tourist attraction with advertising billboard
Magali Robathan
A group of Dutch engineers have presented a new attractions concept that combines a flying observation cabin with LED digital ...
Cosm unveils Experience Centre with ‘one of a kind’ LED dome
The new Experience Centre houses a 20m LED dome
Magali Robathan
Cosm, a global technology company that builds end-to-end solutions for immersive experiences, has unveiled its Experience Centre which houses a ...
Christie laser projectors power new Five Senses Bubble dome theatre
The dome aims to integrate technology with arts and culture
Magali Robathan
Christie® GS Series 1DLP® laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an ...
cladkit product news
Painting with Light pushes boundaries to create unforgettable visual concepts
The team combines lighting, video, sound and special effects, with scenic and architectural elements, to create unforgettable visual experiences
Megan Whitby
Belgium-based light and video design studio, Painting with Light, will translate the story of your location into a visual experience, ...
Siminetti unveils first glimpses of Mother of Pearl decorative surfaces inspired by the four seasons
The new winter design is finished with naturally occurring hexagonal patterns found in snowflakes
Megan Whitby
Siminetti has collaborated with British designer Chrisanna London to create a luxury Mother of Pearl decorative surface range inspired by ...
Atelier Alain Ellouz launches handcrafted precious stone lighting collection
LYRA has a sleek, cylindrical design complete with an elegant brass dimming switch
Megan Whitby
LYRA, GAMA, MONA and ATHENA are the first pieces from designer Atelier Alain Ellouz’s new.édition collection of handcrafted stone lighting ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates