LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A new family attraction – “Flyover” – is now open on the Las Vegas Strip.
The simulated flight picks up the guests and takes them in front of a large spherical screen showcasing the landscape of the Old West.
The ride flies over the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Tahoe, the Mojave Desert, the Las Vegas Strip, and other locations.
Jack Kenn, Managing Director of Flyover Las Vegas, described how the attraction puts you in a pod that spans the screen. It’s not virtual reality… it’s the feeling of flight when you feel the images and feel the air through a mesh seat.
The attraction is in the space once occupied by a United Artists theater just north of the MGM Grand on the east side of the Strip.
If you’ve been to Disney’s California Adventure, consider “Soarin ‘Over California”.
‘Soarin’ is one of the original aerial rides that was created. And at that time, it had the highest level of technology available. And we just did the same here, ”Kenn said. “We have the highest level of technology available. “
And new technology has improved.
Kenn said that rather than the movement that relies on two axis points at Disneyland, the Las Vegas attraction has six axis points.
“So the ride is a little smoother,” he explained.
“The creative director and director were able to do more when they filmed it in the helicopter because they knew the machine itself could move in different ways.
The attraction uses cutting-edge technology to make visitors feel like they are flying, with 8K resolution on a massive 52.5-foot spherical screen.
The images were taken from a helicopter.
“It’s really great watching the kids. It’s a whole different experience for them. It’s good to talk to them after the fact and ask them what they remember. Because these are some things you would never think of, ”Kenn said.
“How my grandson remembered the snow, the trees and the train,” he said. “It was interesting to me that these were the things he picked up, but these are the things he doesn’t see every day in Las Vegas.”