Butterflies flutter before our noses. Bubbles dance through the air. Our seats jerk and tilt as we stop at the edge of an abyss. And a dinosaur blow snot in our faces.
A dinosaur? Yep, in Thrill Theater all kinds of adventures await through the magic of 3-D technology. The new “multidimensional” theater is now drawing eager viewers on the Carnival Breeze.
“It’s always fun to watch people come out of the theater,” says entertainment crewmember Daniel Dawes. “When I heard someone laughing and making a comment about having to wipe dinosaur snot off their glasses, I wasn’t sure what they were talking about until I saw the film for myself.”
The first-such Carnival theater on the high seas uses motion simulation and special effects to make viewers feel as though they are part of the action. Viewers wear special 3-D glasses that make objects float in front of their eyes, dart around their heads and even tickle their feet. Theater seats shake, roll, vibrate and bump to the action. A light spurt of water accompanies special scenes.
Rats skitter around our feet, bats fly past our heads, snowflakes chill the air and something puffs air on the back of our necks. The action ranges from slightly spooky to beautifully serene.
Some of the short films on our Breeze cruise were Happy Feet, Bamboo Express, Ice Age, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mumble’s Wild Ride and Extreme Log Ride. Each feature is about 10 minutes long and most showings include two films.
Tickets for the 24-seat Thrill Theater are $7.95 per person for a single entry or $14.95 per person for an unlimited entry ticket. The unlimited, of course, is the best value and most people I talked with wanted to see the films several times during our cruise. I agree. The charming, feel-good Happy Feet was my favorite and I saw it twice.
Located on Deck 4 of the Breeze, the theater has posted hours with shows running every 30 minutes. Once people find the theater, they seem to come back. As a tip, be sure and sit in the front row of Thrill Theater for maximum thrills.
By Jackie Sheckler Finch