Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE) is the nation's largest family-owned theme attraction corporation. Their portfolio includes entertainment, tourism, and hospitality properties in 23 locations across six-states, including Silver Dollar City and the Showboat Branson Belle in Branson, Missouri, and Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Paragon has been a long-standing partner of Herschend Family Entertainment. Paragon has provided technical and scenic elements for HFE as well as providing audio expertise for their large-scale attractions.
HFE's most recent large attraction is Mystic River Falls at Silver Dollar City. Mystic River Falls is the first of its kind in the world. It combines a more traditional raft-style ride with a vertical lift and a slide and drop element.
Paragon was hired to supply an audio system that could support the experience. Audio is an important element of the ride experience, delivering background music and special effects to create a themed experience from the queue line to ride completion. But the audio solution serves a much more comprehensive need. The solution must include paging capabilities so the ride operators can speak to the visitors and a life-safety element which means it has to be fail-safe.