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Moody Gardens Opening 3D SpongeBob SquarePants Attraction

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | May 04, 2015

Moody Gardens Opening 3D SpongeBob SquarePants Attraction

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For families looking for an affordable way to have fun and still help their children learn at the same time, Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, is the perfect answer for everyone looking to have fun on summer vacation.

Aside from the normal educational attractions and fun exhibits that guests can find at Moody Gardens, officials have announced that the park will now host the innovative and unique SpongeBob SubPants Adventure.

According to Moody Gardens, many of the top designers, engineers, fabricators, and animators in the amusement park game collaborated on the project that takes visitors on a virtual submarine journey that ultimately leads to Bikini Bottom, the home of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

The new attraction will open in the Discovery Pyramid on May 23.

The guests who participate in the experience will view a 30-foot screen that will act as their observation window, and there will be four large viewing portholes to replicate the feeling of riding inside a submarine.

Visitors at the park will be able to see their favorite characters — including Patrick Star — in 3D technology and interact with real-time conversations. Guests will also help choose the path that the underwater adventure will take.

What makes the attraction so unique is the specially-designed hardware and software that allows a performer to control everything about the show from a backstage area. The system is called Gepettoo, and allows the employee to speak through the characters, change the animations and run all of the stage props including lights, sounds, bubbles, and even scents.

All this cutting-edge technology doesn't come cheap — the admission price is $18.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children — but seeing how excited the kids get as they talk to their favorite cartoon characters is worth the money.

For those looking for a good deal, the attraction is also included in a Moody Gardens Value Pass.

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