BeLeavability: FlyOver Canada

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FlyOver Canada is a 4-D simulated flight that lasts around 8 minutes (20-30 min incl. introduction). FlyOver Canada has become a popular attraction in Vancouver with over 700.000 people having already experienced the ride since its opening in July 2013.

If you are new to Canada and not quite sure to where you should be headed, the simulated experience FlyOver Canada might be a good place to begin your journey into the wild!

The developers have done a great deal to simulate an authentic experience similar to the view one would have seen from a helicopter, and with former Disney Imagineer Rick Rothschild on board and responsible for the creative direction, no wonder it feels like soaring east to west at times. It’s inspiring to think about being in front of a huge screen with over 400 lightweight, perforated, powder coated, aluminum panels spread out over the equivalent of a 4 story building that altogether helps create the immersive and authentic experience design. It’s a short ride though.

“There have been done studies that suggest how long a ride should be, and undoubtedly they have tried to reach an audience as broad as possible –young children to people aged 94 have ridden it – but its fair to say that it is indeed a “family-friendly” experience. Some of us might be have been craving that extra adrenalin kick a bit more, or to soak it up for a longer period of time in order to truly fall into the experience. It’s fun to try though.”

Some of us might be have been craving that extra adrenalin kick a bit more, or to soak it up for a longer period of time in order to truly fall into the experience, but it’s fun to try.

As the helicopter takes you into the huge dome screen you will feel the wind on your skin, smell the pine tries and sense the mist on your face. Sometimes all of these features adds as an added bonus to the overall experience. At other times it takes away the immersive experience a bit, e.g. if the smell seems artificial or if a cough sends out an peculiar mist.

Although the technology is very advanced, the screen was unclear and some of the animations not to the same high standard as the video footage. It’s a shame because if focusing on minor details like that it takes away from actually experiencing ‘flying over Canada’

All the way from the ticketing office to the end of the experience the service at FlyOver Canada is at hand. With simulated flights every 20 minutes, you’re basically good to go should you be curious to try it out!

“The staff explained everything ‘very’ throughout. There are marked spots on the floor that lets visitors stand in line and video demonstrations. The two attendants inside the waiting area inside seemed slightly uninviting, but the overall design and marketing is professional and well thought out. A safe, family-friendly simulated wilderness flight awaits.”

A safe, family-friendly simulated wilderness flight awaits.

It is a memorable ride in the sense that you get a taste for Canada. The experience of soaring through landscapes are moving at times, too. At the time we visited there was a double feature entitled Flight of the Dragon, which took us on a ride through some of China’s landscapes, from Shanghai to the Himalayas. We believe the inspiration from cultural backgrounds and events (like the Chinese New Years) and incorporating this in the storytelling is a nice gesture and lovely way to broaden our horizons.

It feels good to get lost knowing you’ll be back home safely. However, the true value of the experience is that FlyOver Canada leaves you wonder what’s out there. We must explore to know where we belong, right?

Adventurous possibilities are on the horizon with FlyOver Canada for those who choose to #BeLeave.



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