We took the kids to Gatlinburg for their fall break. I know, I know that’s not a surprise. We go to Gatlinburg a lot. But we love it so much! We always try to do one new activity, visit one new attraction, restaurant or hiking spot. This time, we had some complimentary tickets to the Ripley’s attractions so we decided to check out a couple on the days we had free. We had just enough time on this trip to visit the Ripley’s Aquarium and the 5D Theater. I’d been wanting to do the 5D Moving Theater for a few years now but we never seemed to have the time. I’m so glad we made time for it this trip!
Ripleys 5D Moving Theater
The Ripleys 5D Moving Theater is a ride, of sorts. You sit in theater style seats and watch 2 cute short films. What makes this different from a traditional movie, though, is that the seats move, wind blows in your face and you feel rain and snow on your skin! You have to wear a seat belt, secure your loose belongings, put on your 5 D glasses and hold on tight!
There are several rows of seats that are stadium style on risers. The seats are pretty narrow and if you have any heft to you at all, you are squeezed in there pretty tight. The handles that you hold on to are down by the sides of your legs. That was a bit awkward but we managed.
This next photo, of the seat, came out a little blurry but hopefully you can see the handle in the lower left corner of the photo.
The first move we saw was a Frankenstein movie. You and Frank ride through a mine in mining cars, bumping and crashing along the way. Believe me when I tell you that you feel every minute of it. The bumps. The crashes. The knocks and turns. I couldn’t get any photos during the movie because you are holding on tight while the seats move. But we did get one of the screen before the movies started. It’s a good sized screen.
In the second movie, we were following a couple snowmen and the Abominable Snowman on snow tubes. You feel the wind in your face and snowflakes fall from the sky. For real. You can see them through your 5D glasses but you also feel them land on your skin. Now, that was cool!
If you have neck/back problems, heart conditions or are pregnant, you might not want to ride it, but if not, we recommend this attraction. It is a rough ride but so much fun! I’m going every time we visit Gatlinburg. I don’t care if the kids are with us or not, I’m going. I loved it!
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