ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 2, 2012– Detroit Zoo visitors can take a chilling wild ride with penguins or outrun African wild dogs with two new films now showing at the Wild Adventure Ride and Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater in the Ford Education Center.
In "Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride" at the Wild Adventure Ride, Mumble and his penguin friends race down the frozen cliffs of Antarctica at chilling speeds. Their icy journey turns into a suspenseful chase as they come face to face with the villainous Leopard Seal. The action-packed wild ride has a happy ending and promises to be a cool immersive experience for the entire family.
In an all-new experience at the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater, "Great Escapes: Life in 4-D" takes a never-before-seen look at the ingenious tactics animals have developed to survive and thrive in a danger-filled world. The 12-minute film from the award-winning "Planet Earth" series captures jaw-dropping sequences in digital 3-D with 4-D special effects that bring viewers right into the action.
Also, back for a return engagement at the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater is "Dora and Diego's 4-D Adventure", a family-friendly film based on Nickelodeon's two hit animated preschool series "Dora the Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go!".
All three films are produced by SimEx-Iwerks, an entertainment company specializing in 3-D/4-D cinematic experiences.
"Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride" is showing throughout the day at the Wild Adventure Ride, while "Great Escapes: Life in 4-D" and "Dora and Diego's 4-D Adventure" alternate throughout the day at the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater. Click on Attractions at www.detroitzoo.org for the most up-to-date information and movie times.
The 30-seat Wild Adventure Ride is an educational, action-packed thrill ride which offers a "you-are-there" experience from the comfort of a specially equipped, motion-simulated cabin. Passengers must be at least 36 inches (3 feet) tall, and it is recommended that they be at least 5 years of age or older. Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission and are available at the main gate, the Wild Adventure Ride ticket booth or online.
The 126-seat Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater delivers a high-definition viewing experience in 3-D with 7.1 digital audio surround sound. The experience features a variety of sensory surprises that are built into the seats and theater environment, bringing on-screen images to life with 4-D effects such as mist, scents, back pokers, leg ticklers and seat vibrations. Some 4-D effects may be too intense for children 5 and under; parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at the main gate, the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater ticket booth or online.