Looking for something a little different to get stuck into with the kids – particularly when the weather is lousy? 4D AdventureLand on Sentosa is definitely worth checking out, especially following the arrival of new attraction Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride. If you’ve not tried it, 4D AdventureLand is a complex of cinema-style theatres located at Imbiah Lookout (two stops on the Sentosa Express train from VivoCity). Currently there are four films (or “rides”) screening in the different theatres:
– Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride
– Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
– Extreme Log Ride
The rides are in 3D; glasses are handed out as you enter. As for the “fourth dimension” in the name, it refers to the multi-sensory effects that that make this particular cinema experience a little different to the average one. For instance, in Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride, you sit in a rollercoaster-style pod that shakes and bumps in time with the onscreen action. When the penguins fall of an ice cliff, you feel like you’re falling too, as fans blow a chilly breeze and bubbles float through the air.
Journey 2 is based on the action film of the same name (starring The Rock and Michael Cain) and is screened in a more normal-looking cinema, except that the seats are rigged with various motion, water and wind devices. Meanwhile, Desperados is interactive 4-D shoot-out game, and Extreme Log Ride takes place in the same cinema as Happy Feet, featuring more moving pod action.
Tips for making the most of a visit to 4D AdventureLand:
– Try to get there just before opening; so, around 9.50am. You’ll likely be first in line for tickets, which means you can get the best seats for the first ride at 10am.
– Each ride goes for 10 to 20 minutes; once you’ve tried one, just move on to the next one. You should be able to do all four in fairly quick succession without much waiting around.
– There are some height restrictions: 110cm for Desperados and 90cm for the other rides.
– There are no age restrictions, though do note that some aspects of the rides might be a bit scary for some children. We had two children aged 4 and 6 on our visit and they were fine, aside from a few moments of self-doubt during Journey 2 – e.g., when a giant centipede appeared on the screen and a puff of wind blew onto their legs at the same time.
– Tickets aren’t what we would call cheap – adults are $38.90 and children are $26.90; but that’s for a One-Day Adventure Pass that allows you to enter unlimited times. To make some savings, you could try including the rides in a Sentosa Play Pass.
Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride runs until 31 January but may be extended. HAPPY FEET and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.