the repository

Virtual reality has been hovering around the theme park industry for a few years now, with Six Flags utilizing this new technology to put a fresh coat of digital paint on some of their aging roller coasters. Although the full extent of their plans remains unknown, we do know that Universal Studios has been testing VR in their Islands of Adventure theme park. So something big is on the horizon.

In the meantime, there is The Repository, a new VR experience coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event. Here’s how the Universal parks blog describes this new attraction:

Throughout this heart-pounding, psychological journey, guests’ most personal and intimate fears will be tested as they encounter real-life characters in highly themed physical environments, while working together in teams of four to uncover a paranormal mystery told through the use of the cutting-edge technology.

All of this is set in a centuries old warehouse where paranormal and supernatural artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years. Recently though, the secretive organization behind this practice has installed state-of-the-art technology that allows spectral transportation into paranormal realms.

Until now, the supernatural has infiltrated our world on occasions labeled “hauntings.” Now, and for the first time ever, we will send you across the SDP (spectral dark portal) directly into those terrifying environments. I wish you a safe journey because what happens to you on the other side is irreversible.

This sounds potentially fascinating. Horror already excels in virtual reality, where atmosphere is king and scares can literally come out of nowhere. However, an attraction that blends VR tech with physical environments feels next-level. I have no idea what The Repository will feel like when you’re actually on site and wearing those goggles, but the description makes the whole experience sound like one of those cooperative escape rooms that are so popular these days…except that you’re being menaced by supernatural foes that can manifest themselves through your VR headset. That sounds wild.

But wild enough to be worth an extra $49.99 per person? Anyone who wants to experience The Repository will need to drop an extra fifty bucks, making the admission cost to already expensive event even steeper. Then again, this could be something legitimately next-generation and $50 may be worthwhile for you to say you were there first…

Moana TV Spot

Disney has put out a casting call for performers to play the role of Moana, the title character from the company’s upcoming film, in their theme parks. This is pretty par for the course (you can meet every Disney princess across the parks if you know where to look) and it sounds like people will be able to brush shoulders with the latest piece of Disney royalty within the next few months. Here’s the full casting call:

Disney Creative Entertainment is seeking female performers to help bring to life Moana, from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film, at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL.  Look-alike performers interact with thousands of guests each day in character greeting experiences at our Parks and Resorts.

Moana is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

**Please note that all performers, including Look-alike performers, will also help bring to life the world famous Disney Characters in character greetings at our Parks and Resorts.  This requires wearing large full-body costumes, heads and feet, with exposure to hot and humid weather.

Seeking the following Role:

Moana: Female, 5’3? – 5’5?, with an athletic build.  Moana is compassionate, spirited, tenacious, passionate, clever, and determined in her journey to become a master wayfinder.

Moana is set to open on November 23, 2016. The box office should tell us whether or not she’s the kind of character who will need her own Frozen-style solo attraction or if she’ll spent the foreseeable future being paired with other, lesser princesses.

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