ORLANDO, Fla – The Orlando amusement park where a teenager fell off a ride and died earlier this year has halted a new sniper-like laser shooting game amid criticism following a recent mass shooting.
The Bullseye Blast game lets riders of a 400-foot (122-m) wheel in ICON Park pay an additional $5.95 to shoot laser blasters at 50 targets strategically placed along terraces throughout the park.
In a statement released on Saturday, park officials said that while the ride was “well received” by customers, some questioned whether it was a part of the July 4 parade in a Chicago suburb of Uvalde, Texas. The aftermath of a mass shooting in an elementary school was justified. , and a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
“Some non-guests and community members expressed that they considered the toy shooting device to be insensitive,” the statement said.
“There are many similar games in the attraction industry that use similar shooting equipment, so that’s what we were limited by when searching for the game. However, we believe that a device that can and should be built that will be accessible to anyone in the community.” Don’t be offended.”
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Park officials said they “look forward to leading this new innovation.”
While the park has since removed the game from its website, earlier this week it offered the following description of the Bullseye Blaster: “To get the highest score, players have to shoot as many of these as possible with their laser blaster over the course of 18 minutes.” Need to hit more. Ride.”
FOX-35 reported that the promo features photos of riders pointing laser guns from the ride.
Critics and supporters of the ride weighed in on social media over the past few days.
“It’s in bad taste!” Florida State Sen. Linda Stewart, a Democrat from Orlando, said in a tweet responding to a news story about the ride. Others on social media ridiculed the park for stopping the game.
Controversy has surrounded the park, which is located along Orlando’s International Drive, after a 14-year-old Missouri tire fell from the Sampson Free Fall Tower and died earlier this year.
A later investigation found that the teen was nearly 100 pounds over the ride’s weight limit. His family has filed a case.
Park announced the bullseye blast in a news release on Thursday.
“The Wheel at ICON Park is the only observation wheel in the world to provide this amazing, new infrared technology, and effectively consolidate and strengthen the experience for an entirely new audience of gamers,” the release said.
The blasters had a scope and infrared beams that help players aim at rooftops.
Dennis Spiegel, founder and CEO of International Theme Park Services Inc., told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday that he was surprised that officials at ICON Park, the makers of the blaster game — Amusement LLC and Steradian Technologies — didn’t consider the negative.
“With all these cars, seeing these fake guns at you from these heights, doesn’t seem like the right decision,” Spiegel told the Sentinel. “It’s a little strange.”