2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best 4D Movie?
Remember the first time you saw a 4D movie? Mine was Disney's original, "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience." I knew that something
was going to happen in the theater in addition to the 3D movie when I visited that first summer, but I didn't know what it would be. When it happened, well… I just started to write "I screamed like a little kid," but I don't remember ever screaming that loudly when I was a child. HISTA freaked me out, but I've gone on to enjoy many other 4D shows over the years.
Honey I Shrunk the Audience is gone now, but a field of 4D movies remains to battle for this year's title. As I noted when we voted on 3D movies last week, the line dividing 3D from 4D has grown blurry over the years. Basically, if a park labels an attraction "4D," it's eligible in this category. If the park instead calls the movie "3D," I put it in the 3D category. For other attractions with the 3D movies in stationary theaters, ones that parks didn't label 3D or 4D in either the show's name or official description, I assigned the attraction to this category if its seats jiggle or tickle you. Everything else went into 3D.
So here are your nominees in the 4D movie category. Voting is open for 24 hours.
It's Tough to Be a Bug! - at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure
The Magic Lamp Theater - at Tokyo DisneySea
Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination! - at
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and SeaWorld San Diego
Shrek 4-D - at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan (Yes, this is the only attraction that appears at all four Universal Studios theme parks. There's also a Jurassic Park ride at all four locations, but the Orlando version is in Islands of Adventure, not USF.)
Spellbreaker 4D - at Legoland California and Legoland Florida (Note: This show had the most votes among the 4D movies Legoland California shows in rotation, so it gets the nod for the tournament. FWIW, if you think we should start rating the movies separately in Florida as well, we can have a discussion about that.)
Tomorrow: It's an Intamin roller coaster showdown as the builder's top non-accelerator coasters face off.
Here's to hoping ITtBaB wins! Shrek is ok, but it's a little boring even for me, a Shrek fan!
I went with ITTTBAB because of the creativity Disney displayed in all facets of the show experience here: the theatre, effects, and movie itself are all excellent in my opinion.
It was a tough call between Shrek and ITTBAB, I had to go with ITTBAB in the end, the hornet sting and the "excuse me, coming through" at the end always makes me laugh at the reactions of folks that don't know what's coming.
I voted for It's Tough to be a Bug, mainly for the fact that nearly every time I see this, upwards of 10 kids have to be taken from the theater, crying. It seems to be too scary for the little ones...
When did Sesame Street start at Williamsburg? We were there this summer and the 4D movie was a pirate movie starring the late, great Leslie Nielson.
I'm usually a Universal nut, but I'm so over Shrek. I still have much love for It's Tough to be a Bug...so there went my vote. :)
My bad on BGW. Didn't realized that they'd swapped out for the Pirates show, which has had such poor ratings on TPI in the past that there's no way it gets into the tournament. (Maybe it makes it into the most-hated-attraction tournament....)
I've only seen two of these (It's Tough to Be a Bug and Shrek), and it's no contest. I wasn't a big fan of Shrek, despite the technology involved with the seats. It's an okay show, but It's Tough to Be a Bug is more enjoyable.
Why isn't Mickey's PhilHarmagic part of this vote? ;p
Spellbreaker I am certain is on at Legoland Windsor. I may be wrong though as my last trip was a while ago.
Seen none, I'll pass. Looking forward to tomorrow's vote. Couple of rides I really like will/should be in that category. I'll be p.o.'d if my favorite steelie is not...and I have a hunch it won't be. Hope I'm wrong.
You forgot to mention that Sesame Street 4D is also at Busch Gardens Tampa.
@James-you are correct but according to the attraction listings on this site, Sesame Street 4D at both Busch Gardens parks has reverted back to Pirates 4D a la Honey I Shrunk the Audience to EO. I didn't even realize this until now...I just saw Sesame Street at BGW last April and assumed it was still open.
From what I can tell, SS and Pirates split time at BGT, but not at BGW where it is all Pirates all the time. Ugh.
The Bugs get my vote. No matter how many time we see / experience it we always enjoy it.
Sesame runs at BGT and also USJ, I believe. Most uncomfortable soaking water effects I've ever suffered through in a 4d film...
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