Have you ever wanted to be in the movies? Or be the hero in your own computer game? Well, now you can! The Adventure Studio at i-City in Shah Alam, Selangor, offers an extreme sensory experience with its 6D U-curved screen and special effects. Everything that the actors on the screen see, hear, smell, feel and experience, so will you. It certainly appeared so.
When I entered the theatre, it looked like a regular one except for the special 6D U-curved screen. Little did I know what a surprise I would be in for. The movie that was scheduled was Naram, about vampires in an ancient Oriental city. The multimedia animation and effects were amazing.
Just imagine, when the vampire swishes his sword in your direction, you can feel the draught from the blade! And when the ancient castle is on fire, “fire” and smoke appear around you.
Of course, it is produced by special effects, so there is no real danger. When the lady vampire emerges out of the lotus, you can actually smell her perfume. When the castle grounds are overrun with rats, you can actually feel the little critters rushing past your feet. Shriek!
Parents would also be happy to know that the Adventure Theatre doesn’t only have entertainment value, but the movies are specially produced to be educational as well as entertaining. This is because the theme of the i-City leisure park is all about wholesome family fun for all ages.
“i-City has something for everyone. We often see three generations of families – grandparents, parents and children enjoying their time together here,” said i-City corporate services manager Tang Soke Cheng.
This was evident when we took a ride in the Submarine, an under-the-sea simulation ride in the Nautilus, a fictional submarine featured in Jules Verne’s novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. We got to see marine life up-close and learn about the underwater world. Besides getting “attacked” by a “giant squid”, there was an unexpected twist when we travelled back in time to the dinosaur era and then fast-forwarded into the future!
Whether or not you are from the 1970s, you will enjoy the Disco Ride, which is one of the new attractions at the newly refurbished City of Digital Lights in i-City. So, if you’re ready to boogie, get on board and become one with the psychedelic spinning lights. But, to be on the safe side, just make sure you do not have a heavy meal beforehand.
“Our attractions and rides are specially designed with safety as a top priority. Everything is automated to ensure the safety of riders. When the person sits down, the seatbelt automatically engages. If the seatbelt doesn’t engage, the ride will not start,” Tang explained.
When darkness falls, the City of Digital Lights turns into a magical lightscape, all lit up with a million colourful LED lights. For a bird’s eye-view, go on the Spacewalk. Suitable for both adults and children, this ride takes you on a 360° aerial tour of the entire area.
“Besides families, we also have a lot of couples visiting i-City because, besides being a fun place to hang out, the City of Digital Lights also provides an excellent place to capture those special moments together,” Tang said. This was evident in the number of couples pausing to take selfies with the beautiful illuminated landscape as a backdrop.
“We have both international and local visitors, with about 20% from overseas, namely Asean countries like Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, and other Asian countries like (South) Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East,” she continued.
We were just in time for the Dancing Waters, a spectacular water feature that marries music with light, as well as the Mist Fountain, where a mysterious mist envelopes and cools down the surroundings when the water and lights come on, turning the area into a mystical wonderland.
For visitors who have not had the chance to experience life in the Arctic, the Snowalk is the perfect place to see if you can withstand a temperature of -5°C. Fear not! A warm jacket and even boots are provided. You can get a feel of sleighing or tobogganing down an icy slope at one of the rides, build a snowman, play ice-futsal or indulge in a snowball fight.
“Maintaining the Snowalk is important to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the visitors. From time to time, the rides are upgraded and changed to provide fun new adventures for visitors. The ice is also regularly melted down and the snow reproduced to ensure the best experience.
“We had 30 ice sculptors who came all the way from Harbin, China, to design and produce 100 tonnes of ice sculptures in this 4,645sqm icy environment.”
Another popular new attraction in i-City is Itsy Bitsy, a magical park where parents with young children can spend quality family time together. From rides suitable for toddlers to rides for older kids, there is something for everyone. There are rides like the Rocking Wheels, a wheel-like vehicle where you can “rock the world” together with your child.
As one visitor mentioned: “If I brought my child here, he would never want to go home, because he would be having too much fun!”