Sally Corporation

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Sally Corporation
Industry Manufacturing
Founded1977 (1977)
FounderJohn Wood
John Fox
John Rob Holland
Headquarters,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
John Wood (Chairman, CEO) [1] Rich Hill (Creative Director, Ride Designer)
Products Dark rides, animatronics
Number of employees
33 [2]
Website www.sallydarkrides.com

Sally Corporation is a dark ride and animatronic manufacturing company based in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. The company serves amusement parks, attractions, museums, and retail clients worldwide. It offers complete design/build services from concept to installation, including scripting, audio and music production, props and sets, lighting and special effects, electronics, and project management.

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History

Sally Corporation was founded in 1977 by high school friends John Fox and John Rob Holland. [3] The company began by manufacturing animatronics for various commercial applications, [3] including an animated figure of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, which was created for Neiman Marcus and later donated to the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. [4] After Sally had been in business for 6–9 months the second hire for the new company was John Wood who had previously worked with Fox. The first hire was an office manager, Nancy Hafner. John Fox left the company in 1983. [3] Holland stayed with the company until 1988. [3] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sally Corporation went on to develop interactive dark rides. John Wood continues to serve as the Chairman and CEO. [1]

Dark rides

NameParkLocationTypeStatus
Around the World in 80 Days Alton Towers Flag of England.svg Alton, Staffordshire, EnglandRedeveloped Dark RideDefunct [5]
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Canada's Wonderland
Carowinds
Kings Dominion
Kings Island
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Doswell, Virginia, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Mason, Ohio, United States
Interactive Dark RideOperating [6]
Challenge of Tutankhamon Walibi Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Wavre, Walloon Brabant, BelgiumInteractive Dark RideOperating [7] [8]
Den of Lost Thieves Indiana Beach
Seoul Land
Flag of the United States.svg Indiana, United States
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
Interactive Dark RideOperating [3]
E.T. Adventure Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Hollywood
Flag of the United States.svg Orlando, Florida, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Universal City, California, United States
Conventional Dark RideOperating at Orlando

Removed at Hollywood

[9]
El Ultimo Minuto Dinopolis Flag of Spain.svg Teruel, SpainConventional Dark RideOperating [10]
Ghost Blasters Castle Park
Great Canadian Midway
Nickelodeon Universe
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Flag of the United States.svg Riverside, California, United States
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Clifton Hill, Ontario, Canada
Flag of the United States.svg Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Santa Cruz, California, United States
Interactive Dark RideOperating [8]
Ghost Blasters II Elitch Gardens Theme Park Flag of the United States.svg Denver, Colorado, United StatesInteractive Dark RideDefunct [11]
Ghost Hunt Lake Compounce Flag of the United States.svg Bristol, Connecticut, United StatesInteractive Dark RideOperating [8]
The Great Pistolero RoundupFamily Kingdom
Frontier City
Flag of the United States.svg Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Interactive Dark RideOperating [5] [12]
Gobbler Getaway Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Flag of the United States.svg Santa Claus, Indiana, United StatesInteractive Dark RideOperating [8]
Haunted Castle Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Galaxyland
Flag of the United States.svg Santa Cruz, California, United States
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Custom Dark RideOperating [5]
Haunted Hotel Myrtle Beach Pavilion Flag of the United States.svg Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United StatesRedeveloped Dark RideDefunct [5]
Jocco's Mardi Gras Madness Six Flags New Orleans Flag of the United States.svg New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesInteractive Dark RideDefunct [note 1] [8]
Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D Warner Bros. Movie World Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaInteractive Dark RideOperating [13]
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Mexico

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Over Georgia

Flag of the United States.svg Arlington, Texas, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Eureka, Missouri, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Gurnee, Illinois, United States
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
Flag of the United States.svg Valencia, California, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Jackson, New Jersey, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Austell, Georgia, United States
Interactive Dark RideOperating
La Aventura de Scooby-Doo Parque Warner Madrid Flag of Spain.svg SpainInteractive Dark RideOperating [10]
Labyrinth of the Minotaur Terra Mítica Flag of Spain.svg Benidorm, Alicante province, SpainInteractive Dark RideOperating [10]
Laser Raiders Legoland Windsor Flag of England.svg Windsor, Berkshire, EnglandInteractive Dark RideOperating [14]
Lost Kingdom Adventure Legoland California
Legoland Florida
Legoland Malaysia
Flag of the United States.svg Carlsbad, California, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Flag of Malaysia.svg Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Interactive Dark RideOperating [14]
Mine of Lost Souls Canobie Lake Park Flag of the United States.svg Salem, New Hampshire, United StatesRedeveloped Dark RideOperating [5]
Mystic MansionPark at OWA Flag of the United States.svg Foley, Alabama, United StatesInteractive Dark RideOperating [15]
Nights in White Satin: The Trip Freestyle Music Park
Broadway at the Beach
Flag of the United States.svg Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United StatesConventional Dark RideDefunct [16]
North Pole Adventure Happy Valley
Happy Valley
Happy Valley
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chengdu, China
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shenzhen, China
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai, China
Interactive Dark RideOperating [7]
Quick Draw Frontier City
Six Flags Mexico
Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
Interactive Dark RideOperating [17] [18]
Reese's Cupfusion Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg Derry Township, Pennsylvania, United StatesInteractive Dark RideOperating
Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg Derry Township, Pennsylvania, United StatesInteractive Dark RideDefunct [19]
Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion Canada's Wonderland
Carowinds
Kings Dominion
Kings Island
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Doswell, Virginia, United States
Flag of the United States.svg Mason, Ohio, United States
Interactive Dark RideDefunct [20]
Scream In The Dark!Ripley’s Entertainment Zone Flag of Thailand.svg Pattaya, Thailand Interactive Dark RideOperating [5]
Sesame Street: Street Mission PortAventura Park Flag of Spain.svg Catalonia, Spain Interactive Dark RideOperating
The Temple Legoland Billund Flag of Denmark.svg Billund, Denmark Interactive Dark RideOperating
Volkanu: Quest for the Golden Idol Lost Island Theme Park Flag of the United States.svg Waterloo, Iowa Interactive Dark RideOperating
Vi På Saltkråkan Astrid Lindgren's World Flag of Sweden.svg Vimmerby, SwedenOperating [21] [22]
Ye Old Mill Playland Flag of the United States.svg Rye, New York, United StatesRedeveloped Dark RideOperating [23]
Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure Six Flags Over Texas Flag of the United States.svg Arlington, Texas, United StatesRedeveloped Dark RideDefunct [24]
Zombie Paradise Tokyo Dome Flag of Japan.svg Bunkyo, Tokyo, JapanConventional Dark RideDefunct [25]

Notes

  1. Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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