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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on May 8, 2010 at 7:36 am
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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.

Special 3D glasses allow to see with "bug eyes" at It's Tough to be a Bug! attraction

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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