Running Time: 38 minutes
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Strap yourself in and get ready to take the plunge in Thrill Ride – The Science of Fun, showing in the Omni Theater, an IMAX Dome. Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun is a white-knuckle adventure that takes full advantage of the power of the Omni’s giant screen. 

The ultimate ride film, Thrill Ride not only traces the history of rides, past and present but also details how the development of the motion simulator ride has become one of the most exciting innovations in recent film history. Thrill Ride takes you on rides you might never dare to attempt, including trips on Big Shot at the Stratosphere, Las Vegas and the rollercoasters Kumba and Montu, located at Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida. The film shows that the possibilities for thrill making are endless and only limited by the imagination or the capabilities of a computer workstation. 

Thrill Ride – The Science of Fun shows how ride film animators use CGI by first "constructing" a wire frame or skeleton version of the ride on a computer screen.  Higher resolution textures and colors are added to the environment along with lighting and other atmospheric effects to heighten the illusion of reality. 

Thrill Ride – The Science of Fun also shows how technology for motion-simulators originally developed by the military and NASA as a flight-training device evolved into the ride simulators of today.  The ride film designer’s ultimate challenge is to combine this technology with the excitement of the roller coaster and the latest in computer graphics imaging and filmmaking.  Using footage from some of the most popular ride films ever created, including "The Devil's Mine Ride," "Asteroid Adventure," and "Secrets of the Lost Temple,” Thrill Ride shows the capability of large format films to completely immerse an audience into the action on screen while producing one of the most exciting experiences on film.

Thrill Ride was directed by Ben Stassen and produced by Charlotte Huggins in conjunction with New Wave International.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for children (2-12) and seniors (65+). Museum members receive a $3 discount.
Find show times and ticket information online or by phone at 817-255-9540.

NOTE: Thrill Ride features fast-moving sequences on roller coasters and other amusement-type rides. If you experience motion sickness while in the Omni Theater, you might want to ”jump out of the line” and pass on viewing the film. If you like coasters and the like, you’ll love it!

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The ultimate ride film, Thrill Ride takes you on a white-knuckle adventure of giant proportion while tracing the history of rides, past and present.

Fun Fact
Five of the movies shown in the Omni Theater have been nominated for Academy Awards: The Living Sea, Dolphins, Cosmic Voyage, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, and Special Effects: Anything Can Happen. Peter D. Parks was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer

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