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3D or Not 3D? A Question At Disney Attractions
Walt Disney has some amazingly creative employees.¬† Among the most creative are the¬†imagineers who are responsible for the attractions at the theme parks.¬† From the largest thrill to the smallest detail that makes¬†each pirate in the Caribbean¬†seem so realistic and the attractions so wonderful,¬†they are responsible for it all.
It is this realism that makes parents¬†often wonder if certain attractions are appropriate for their children.¬† While each theme park guide map includes attraction information including physical considerations, height restrictions and a “frightening” warning, the warning is vague and doesn’t explain the cause of the fright.
One visit with our young Disney travelers,¬† resulted in quite a scare from the described “happy haunts” of the Haunted Mansion.¬† As the words come out of my mouth, I guess it should be understood that the words happy and haunted don’t really go together.¬† But what sounds scary about Mickey’s PhilharMagic?
Located in the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom theme park (map), this attraction is actually a 3D movie and one of my most favorite Disney attractions.¬† Unfortunately, the 3D images that I found so amazing, fightened my youngest quite a bit.¬† While I laughed and ducked as items hurled right off the scene and seemingly right at me, the realism was a little too much for them.
It seemed that the only option was for us to¬†leave through the nearby exit.¬† Getting up to leave, I¬†found that removing the special¬†glasses, eliminated most of the special effects and thus the fear and we were able to remain.¬† We opted to skip¬†any additional¬†3D attractions at the other parks, at least for our youngest.
Visual effects are only one aspect of these amazing attractions, as often the other senses are tested as well.¬† A fact that I would discover all to well while experiencing Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! ¬†This Epcot attraction showers the audience with a sloppy dog sneeze,¬†allows them an upclose¬†visit with a rather large snake and¬†shares the tingling effects of rodents run amuck!
It was this last effect that had me, a grown woman,¬†in the arms of the young vacationing stranger¬†sitting in the next seat.¬† As I composed myself, apologized and¬†climbed back into my own seat, I was glad¬†my youngest had not witnessed this display.
It’s Tough to be a Bug! 3D attraction at Animal Kingdom is located in the root system¬†under the Tree of Life.¬†Venturing underground, some creepy moments exist in this show with the added fright of certain insects and darkness.¬†
Fright is very much a personal thing.¬† What frightens one will not frighten another.¬† You know your child and their comfort level.¬† Educate yourself on the features of the program, briefly explain the attraction¬†and¬†allow your child the¬†choice.¬† Chances are they will enjoy¬†themselves, and if not there are always exits and¬†perhaps try again at future visits.
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