Through the four previous installments of my reflections of a theater seat involving my immersion in the movie experience, none compared to the one I’m about to describe. Back in 1999, my family took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in search of a relaxing and thrilling vacation. This is where I found my favorite attraction, which I will never forget. It was called Back To The Future – The Ride.
The ride was a motion simulator with the DeLoreans located under a 70-foot (21.3–m) OMNIMAX Dome screen. Each of the 24 vehicles (12 per dome) was mounted on three pistons, allowing it to rise, fall and tilt, following the motion on the screen. The vehicles were arranged on three tiers and are staggered to prevent guest riders from seeing the other vehicles in the theater. The front section of the cars rose eight feet (2.4 m) out of the "garage" when "flying". The actual range of motion from the simulator base was about two feet (0.6 m) in any direction. The motion and the visual input from the screens images, as well as physical effects like wind, water and smoke, combined to make the guest riders feel as if they were in a high-speed pursuit.
Through my travels, I’d never been more impressed than when I sat in this flight simulator (I mean movie chair). Unfortunately, my favorite attraction, Back To The Future – The Ride, no longer exists. It opened at the Orlando theme park on May 2, 1991 but sadly closed to the public on May 31, 2007. The ride is still available at the Disney theme park in Japan, if you’d like to take the trip. Hopefully, sometime in the future, a theater near me will have a similar remarkable experience.
Promo for Back To The Future - The Ride
The entire experience: