Posts Tagged ‘4D Theater’

Stone Mountain Laser Show

March 23rd, 2011

Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Bet you cannot understand it. 🙂

It’s true to its name, a mountain of stone. Not mountain of earth/land.

Some dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world”.

Stone Mountain is one of those ‘must-visit’ attractions in Atlanta, Georgia.

The main attraction other than Stone Mountain being a huge stone, is the Memorial Carving on it, that depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, which was completed on March 3, 1972. (It took over 50 years to carve it, although in between the project has been abandoned for years).

There are many attractions and activities for the entire family.
You might need a whole day to enjoy everything, bearing good weather.

Some of the attractions in Stone Mountain Park:

  • Sky Hike™ is one of the country’s largest family adventure courses — a quarter-mile of suspended bridges, ropes and climbing nets.
  • Travel to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride and experience the most unique view of Atlanta – however, this depends very much on weather, as service to the mountain top will stop if it rains. So check the weather forecast first!
  • Ride the Scenic Railroad on a lively five mile trip around the mountain.
  • Challenge your family on the 18-hole Mini-Golf course
  • Get active with your kids at The Great Barn®.
  • Experience a movie like you never have before at Georgia’s first 4D Theater.
  • See the sights by land and water during the Ride the Ducks™ tour.

Ride The Ducks is my personal favourite. The Duck vehicles are 1940’s era Army DUKWs, converted into comfortable open-air vehicles for your viewing and listening pleasure. They are amphibian vehicles, able to move on land and on water.

Each duck has a captain, making sure your trip is an enjoyable one with information about the Stone Mountain and the surroundings.
Make sure you tip them if you enjoyed the trip!

Given the number of attractions available one might have trouble planning how to cover all of them.

It’s not easy, so you have the choice to camp in the park, and take your own sweet time to visit all the attractions.

For a single day visit, visitors have choices of the Family Value Pass, One-Day Adventure Pass, or to purchase Individual Attraction Tickets.

Probably not known to many, you can also get discount tickets to Stone Mountain Park.

One of them is from Kroger.

If you’re a fan of baseball, you can even get tickets to Atlanta Braves games with the Atlanta Braves Triple Play Combo Package, with the third choice of admission to Six Flags Over Georgia/Georgia Aquarium/World of Coca-Cola.

Starting Spring every year, Stone Mountain runs the Lasershow Spectacular™.
Seen by more than 20 million people for more than 26 years, the Lasershow Spectacular is a not-to-be-missed Atlanta tradition, so make sure you get there early to get a nice seat on the greens because you can be sure it’s packed!

The Lasershow Spectacular, Stone Mountain’s most popular draw is now improved, by being enhanced with digital, multidimensional projection that adds 3-D-like effects without the glasses.

For more information, spend time and plan your trip with Stone Mountain Park’s website.

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Georgia Aquarium – world’s largest aquarium

January 21st, 2011

Do you know what it is like to be in the World’s largest aquarium? AWESOME 🙂

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at Pemberton Place, is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8.5 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine and fresh water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species. (Source : Wikipedia)

First of all, the photos here do not really do justice to the awesomeness of the world’s largest aquarium.

Secondly, forget about any of the aquariums that you have visited before, because this is the world’s largest! 🙂

Georgia Aquarium are made up of a few galleries:

  • Cold Water Quest
  • Beluga whales and more give you a glimpse of the rich variety of life found in cold ocean waters. Penguins, southern sea otters and touch pools bring this gallery to life. (Presented by GeorgiaPacific)

  • Georgia Explorer
  • Connect with the Georgia Coast in this highly interactive gallery. A loggerhead sea turtle, lionfish and several touchpools provide an up-close encounter with inhabitants of our state. (Presented by SunTrust)

  • Ocean Voyager
  • Home to whale sharks and manta rays, Ocean Voyager is the world’s largest aquarium exhibit with 6.3 million gallons of water. Watch thousands of animals in front of the largest viewing window in North America. (Built by The Home Depot)

  • River Scout
  • Discover a wide diversity of animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and even Georgia. Piranha, Asian small-clawed otters and American alligators illustrate what lives in fresh waters. (Presented by Southern Company)

  • Tropical Diver
  • Living corals and thousands of colorful reef fish present a faithful recreation of a tropical Pacific coral reef, while jellies arrange themselves like a gallery of living art. (Presented by airTran)

  • 4D Theater
  • The 4D Theater is one of the most advanced in the world, employing interactive seats and unique special effects that are built into the theater itself. By creating a set of “4D” effects that are synchronized to the film production, the 4D Theater adds another layer of immersive fun for audiences. (Presented by AT&T)

  • Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Explore the secrets of the Georgia Aquarium! Discover some of our most popular exhibits from a view that only a Behind the Scenes tour can give you! Get closer to the stars of the Aquarium (our animals) and learn about what it takes to keep the world’s largest aquarium running.

Click Photo to enlarge: Feel the stingrays by touching them gently at the Georgia Explorer Touch Pool.

Click Photo to enlarge: Corals in ColdWater Quest Gallery.

Click Photo to enlarge: Visitors touching the corals – ColdWater Quest.

Click Photo to enlarge: Beluga whale in Cold Water Quest.

Click Photo to enlarge: Weedy Sea Dragon, beautiful isn’t it?

Click Photo to enlarge: Penguins! There’s a compartment where kids (or adults) can go in to have a closer view.

Click Photo to enlarge: Looks like a senior penguin.

Click Photo to enlarge: Ocean Voyager aquarium gigantic acrylic viewing window.

Click Photo to enlarge: Ocean Voyager – at certain time, a volunteer will tell you what’s in this gigantic aquarium.

Click Photo to enlarge: Ocean Voyager -hammerhead sharks are enormous.

Click Photo to enlarge: Ocean Voyager – Schools of predatory trevally jacks, squadrons of small and large stingrays, enormous goliath grouper and hammerhead sharks all ply the waters of this ocean habitat containing more than six million gallons of saltwater..

Click Photo to enlarge: With fishes big and small, wonder why the predators does not eat smaller ones? Because they fed them well. 🙂

Click Photo to enlarge: Get a chance to go for Behind the Scenes Tour, and go above the Ocean Voyager Gallery.

Click Photo to enlarge: Ladies working behind the scene.

Click Photo to enlarge: Tropical Diver – Curious garden eels popping up out of the sand standing on their tails.

Click Photo to enlarge: Tropical Diver – Jellyfish.

Click Photo to enlarge: Tropical Diver – One of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world

Click Photo to enlarge: Tropical Diver – Close-up shot of aquarium.

Click Photo to enlarge: Information about the exhibits are available in all places.

Click Photo to enlarge: Georgia Aquarium, view from Sun Dial Restaurant.

Click Photo to enlarge: View of the entrance from Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA

If you intend to cover the entire aquarium and all exhibits, take some time to plan your visit by visiting the official website.
Behind The Scene tour and 4D Theater requires ticket, and you need to get them from the ticket counter.
However, if you’re using the CityPASS, the ticket includes Deepo’s 4-D theater, and a Quick Dip 20-minute tour on top of your expedited entrance. 🙂

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Georgia Aquarium is a must-visit attraction in Atlanta, and one thing that I was grateful to have with me then was the Atlanta CityPASS, allowing me to visit six most popular attractions conveniently, and “express entrance” to Georgia Aquarium without the need for a long queue too.

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