Universal Studios Japan announces Godzilla attraction
Immersive theater-style film set to open at the Osaka park in 2017
Godzilla is coming to life in the form of a new 4D theme park attraction exclusively at Universal Studios Japan.
The Osaka-based resort announced Monday it plans to open Godzilla: The Real 4D, a multi-sensory experience based on the hit franchise, early next year.
According to an English version of the Japanese-language press release, the attraction will allow visitors the chance to experience the “thrills, mania, and excitement” of “an unimaginable battle” with a 118.5-meter-tall version of Godzilla. Park guests will enter a theater-style building, where they’ll watch an immersive film showing Godzilla rampaging through a city.
Universal Studios Japan’s official Facebook page indicates Godzilla: The Real 4D marks the first time the iconic character has appeared in a major theme park attraction. The post also notes the attraction will allow visitors to “confront fear and despair” as they come face-to-face with the giant monster.
Godzilla: The Real 4D comes to the park as part of its recurring “Universal Cool” campaign. Last year’s initiative saw attractions inspired by properties like Evangelion, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter added to the resort. The park’s Space Fantasy roller coaster was also re-themed to revolve around Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as part of the event. The 2017 edition kicks off Jan. 13, while Godzilla: The Real 4D will debut at a later date.
Stateside, the Universal Orlando resort recently opened its 4D ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, in July. Both attractions land ahead of Warner Bros. upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie, which is set to open May 29, 2020.
To see more concept art, check out the attraction’s Japanese-language press release on the park’s official website.