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.
I'd actually put Sesame Street second because I thought the film was pretty funny.
For whatever reason, Shrek doesn't really do much for me though the anti-Disney jokes are funny and the moving chairs are cool.
ITTBAB is my favorite of this bunch. It illicits a wider variety of audience responses than any other 4D show I have seen. I especially love the way unsuspecting and unprepared parents are left struggling to curtail the terrified screams of their younglings! Why do parents just assume because something is Disney it is suitable for all ages? Real parents do their research ahead of time, not in the field!
Incidentally, I thought the new Sesame Street show replaced Pirates 4D at BG TAMPA a while back? Yay or nay?
In all honesty, probably both shows need to go, and a new high-quality adventure should be produced.
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