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Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4-D Experience at Alton TowersSubmitted by Nick on Monday, May 28, 2012 18:45
As its name suggests, Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience is based on the third installment in the Ice Age series, which has been converted into the 4-D format by specialist SimEx-Iwerks. It is housed in the Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre, which received an icy new look to reflect the theme of the movies.
Guests queue in a line around the front of the building, which boasts a number of video screens. These show clips of Scrat, the popular sabre-toothed squirrel who features in all of the Ice Age movies so far. They are then handed Ice Age-themed 3-D glasses, before taking a seat on one of a number of long benches in the theatre.
Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience consists of re-purposed footage from the movie itself. This tells the story of Sid the sloth, Manny the Mammoth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, who discover a "lost world" populated by dinosaurs hidden away underneath their own freezing-cold habitat. A series of close-scrapes with prehistoric beasts follows, with a sub-plot centring on Sid's attempts to "adopt" several baby T-Rexes.
A number of special effects accompany the movie, including foam “snow”, water sprays, air blowers and “leg ticklers”. These are timed to complement the on-screen action.
The Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre was originally built in the 1700s by George Talbot, the 14th Earl of Shrewsbury, who used it to host touring magic shows. It was abandoned in 1891 and remained closed for over a hundred years before being renovated and reopened by Alton Towers in 1993. The theatre has hosted a range of shows since opening, including themed entertainment based on Barney and Friends, The Tweenies and Bob the Builder.Review:
Anticipation levels ahead of the opening of Ice Age 4-D in 2012 were not high, with many Alton Towers fans expecting the attraction to be put together “on the cheap”. However, the exterior of theming of the theatre is exellent, and kids and adults alike will enjoy watching Scrat’s antics in the waiting area.
The bench-style seating is a mixed blessing. It’s not the most comfortable way of enjoying a movie, but on the other hand we’ve often found moving 4-D seating to be more painful than fun. The relatively short duration of the movie ensures that this is not a major issue.
The editors of Ice Age 4-D have done a good job of condensing the movie's plot, while retaining the humour that made it a hit with kids all over the world. Most importantly, the experience of viewing the Dawn of the Dinosaurs footage on screen is greatly distinguished from that of simply re-watching it on DVD by the use of some really impressive effects. Most theme park-goers will have encountered vibrating seats or floors, leg-ticklers, bursts of air and wind effects before, and all are in evidence here. However, we've never seen "snow" before, or experienced a sudden rise or drop in temperature to accompany a scene. Even the water effects are mixed up a little, with bubbles rather than mist being released into the theatre at one point.
The overall effect is really quite impressive, and the screen on which the action is presented is crisp and clear, even if we'd still prefer it to be a little larger. Sitting reasonably far forward in the theatre is recommended, but you won't miss out too much if you sit near the back.Top Tip:
Due to the theatre's large capacity, the queue for Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience moves relatively quickly. The Scrat clips, along with a photo opportunity in front of a green screen, help to make the time pass painlessly, so prioritise this lower down your list than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Driving School.
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