Flying theater rides have become a staple of themed entertainment attractions all over the world. Ever since Disney introduced Soarin' Over California at Disney's California Adventure in 2001, theme parks and other destinations around the world have been developing their own flying theater productions.
While some parks have opted for superhero films in their flying theater rides (notably the excellent Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi), most destinations opt for the aerial travelogues that launched this trend. But what does it take to produce an engaging non-fiction film that will inspire audiences to tell all their friends, "you gotta see this!"?
The producers of the upcoming FlyOver Iceland attraction have released a "behind the scenes" look at their production, detailing how a crew got the shot of kayakers going over the 40-foot Goðafoss waterfall in northern Iceland. This isn't a CGI animation — it's a real-world shoot involving RED cameras on gimbals suspended from helicopters, athletes pushing the limit in extreme conditions, and director doing the math to bring all these elements together.
And if the project's creative director, Rick Rothschild, looks familiar, that's because he is the former Walt Disney Imagineer who directed the original Soarin' Over California film.
FlyOver Iceland debuts on July 1 in Reykjavík's Grandi Harbour District. It will include a two-part multi-sensory pre-show that "explores the roles of nature, time and humankind on this ancient island while featuring volcanoes, glaciers, trolls and more," in addition to the flying theater ride. FlyOver Iceland is a production of Pursuit, a Canadian company that also developed the FlyOver Canada attraction in Vancouver.Tweet
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