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Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage

Automating an adventure in Myrtle Beach

Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage

Automating an adventure in Myrtle Beach

As Pirates Voyage -- the $11 MM conversion of Dolly Parton’s Myrtle Beach Dixie Stampede -- grew to be more and more ambitious, the show’s A-List creative team needed a show motion control programmer who could automate the attraction’s soundtrack playback, lighting and video elements, as well as the numerous special effect systems used in the show reliably... and safely.

With pyrotechnic effects, fireball units, exploding “rum barrels,” a burning water effect, water screens, water fountains, water cannons, treasure chests that magically appear from the bottom of the 750,000-gallon lagoon, scissor lifts that allow horses and skeletons to “walk on water,” multiple video projectors, three 30-foot pirate gallions and rigging and aerial motor operators for the aerial and diving stunts, it was no easy task. Pirates Voyage opened June 4th, 2011 and is set to run 12 times per week.

Solomon Group Partner, Jonathan Foucheaux, programmed the Medialon-based system so that a single operator could drive the entire show -- including special effects, soundtrack, video media playback, and more -- from an intuitive control screen. In all, over 140 devices are controlled by the complex system. And while there are only 102 manual “GO” commands issued by the sole operator, more than 1,300 individual commands are issued from the Medialon system during the popular 90-minute show.

What We did

  • Project Management + Consultation
  • Systems Design + Integration
  • Show Control System Design + Programming