ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoo visitors can travel from Rio de Janeiro to Alaska to a mysterious island with three new films at the Wild Adventure Zone, located in the Ford Education Center. “Rio: The 4-D Experience” and “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience” at the 4-D Theater and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” at the Simulator Ride will debut on April 18, 2014, and run through the end of the year.
“Rio: The 4-D Experience” follows Blu and Jewel, the last blue macaws on Earth, as they are chased and captured by evil cockatoo Nigel. The duo takes viewers on a thrilling journey through Rio de Janeiro, working together despite Blu’s inability to fly and finding courage, friendship and maybe even love along the way.
Alternating with “Rio” is “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience”, a wildlife adventure that follows grizzly bears as they emerge from their winter dens in the Alaskan mountains and travel up the west coast of North America to feast on the great salmon run. This captivating film provides insight into the forces of nature, which drive a chain reaction culminating in a spectacular wildlife event.
In “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”, the star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne-inspired voyage. While looking for his long-lost grandfather, Sean decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding Sean’s grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the backs of giant bees.
The 126-seat 4-D Theater delivers a high-definition viewing experience in 3-D with 7.1 digital audio surround sound. The experience features a variety of sensory surprises that are built into the seats and theater environment, bringing on-screen images to life with 4-D effects such as mist, scents, back pokers, leg ticklers and seat vibrations. Some 4-D effects may be too intense for children 5 and under; parental discretion is advised.
The 30-seat Simulator Ride is an educational, action-packed thrill ride which offers a “you-are-there” experience from the comfort of a specially equipped, motion-simulated cabin. Passengers must be at least 36 inches (3 feet) tall, and it is recommended that they be at least 5 years of age or older.
Tickets for each experience are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission and are available at the main gate, the Wild Adventure Zone ticket booth or online. With ZooMORE! – a seasonal discounted ticket package for rides and attractions – visitors can experience the 4-D Theater and Simulator Ride as well as the Tauber Family Railroad (one way) and Carousel, or any combination thereof, for $12 with Zoo admission.
Click on Attractions at www.detroitzoo.org for the most up-to-date information and movie times.
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