Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Pacific Rim" to be experienced in five dimensions at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

(Originally published in the 1/14/16 edition)

   Fans of “Pacific Rim” will have a chance to see the science-fiction/monster movie hit of 2013 on the big screen again, only this time they will be experiencing it in a whole new way.
   Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo recently announced a new ride based on Guillermo Del Toro’s film in the Iwerks 5-D Theater. Whereas 3-D films are shot in a way that when viewers put on special glasses they feel like they are witnessing the action up close, “Pacific Rim 5-D” will make viewers feel like they are part of the action. The seats will move in accordance to the action that happens on screen, not unlike Disneyland’s “Captain EO” or “Star Tours” or past Iwerks rides like “DinoSphere” or “Stargate.”
   This is the first ride in the world based on “Pacific Rim.” The movie tells the story of colossal monsters called Kaijus who rise from the Pacific Ocean and wreak havoc on the planet in the 2020s. The United Nations approves the construction of Jaegers, giant robots piloted by humans, to stop the creatures. 
   “Bringing in an intense, high-energy and popular movie like ‘Pacific Rim’ to our Iwerks 5-D Theater is a great addition to our thrill lineup,” Park President Don McCoy said in a press release. “As Northern California’s most thrilling theme park, kids and adults alike will be blown away being part of the ground-shaking action.”
   “Pacific Rim 5-D” can currently be experienced in limited sneak previews throughout January with an official opening slated within the next month. A representative for the park could not be reached for comment.

   Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is located at 1001 Fairgrounds Drive and is open on weekends and select dates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the ride or hours, visit

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