Colorado is home to the first live-action 3D exhibit, and it’s right in your backyard! …well, depending on how close you live to Globeology at The Wildlife Experience. That’s right! Globeology has incorporated 3D technology into their already incredible exhibit.
This exhibit opened just yesterday (June 30th), and Claire and I got a sneak peek into the adventure the night before. (Yes, we got in for free! Pricing is listed below. The Wildlife Experience also provided most of the photos used in this post.)
The use of 3D glasses and screens adds a whole new dimension…literally!
I’m a huge fan of 3D technology. I was mesmerized by Avatar in 3D in the theater, and I saw Alice in Wonderland TWICE…in both versions of 3D to compare (IMAX 3D and RealD – the one used at Globeology). This was Claire’s first experience with 3D, and I wasn’t sure how it would go.
I’d heard rumors of a virtual 3D Snake Attack, and I didn’t want it to be too scary for her…or me, for that matter. To be honest, battling the rush-hour traffic on I-25 on our way to the event was scarier than the snake attack, but Claire was spared that as well when she took an impromptu nap in the car.
Let me elaborate a tad…the snake attack was startling but not too scary. For both of us. And we were ready for it. Had there been lots of spiders (besides the footage of the tarantula at the beginning), maybe I’d have another story to tell. Neither Claire nor I were emotionally scarred from our visit, and the footage was really cool!
A little note about the 3D glasses: Both Claire and I wear glasses in our everyday lives, and the adult-size and child-size 3D glasses fit nicely over our own specs with no issues, as you can see in the photo of us above. (Claire freaked out at the thought of wearing 3D glasses over her glasses, but once she saw how comfortable they were, she relaxed.) Personally, things filmed in digital 3D makes one of my eyes ache. It’s happened every time I watch things in 3D, and I was concerned. I asked my eye doctor about this, and she said it happens to some people, and there really isn’t anything you can do about it. She said I won’t do any damage to my eyes by watching things in 3D. It’s a pain that I have to manage on my own. Claire didn’t seem to have any eye pain from our adventure.
Even with the eye pain, I love seeing things in 3D. Watching my daughter react to things in 3D was the most exciting part for me. It was like nothing she’d ever seen before, and her reactions were priceless.
Because the screens weren’t any larger than a television set, I could easily tell her that the animals she was seeing weren’t going to be able to “get” her. As a 4-and-a-half year old, she’s very inquisitive, so I wish the footage would have had subtitles or audio explaining what we were seeing, but I think I was able to answer most of her questions.
So, if you and your kids are fans of the 3D craze, go check out Globeology at The Wildlife Experience!
Museum admission prices with 3D upgrade are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $9 for children (3-12), children under 3 are free. For more information the public can call 720.488.3300 or visit thewildlifeexperience.org.