Thursday, August 25, 2016

‘Wings Over Washington’ – Seattle’s Newest Tourist Attraction is a Hit with Locals

Review of the "Wings Over Washington" ride in Seattle.
ATTRACTION REVIEW
Earlier today I was given the chance to become one of the first to experience the Disney-inspired ride, Wings Over Washington at Pier 57. Haven’t heard of it? Well, there’s a pretty good reason for it as the Griffith family has been keeping the mega project a secret, but with today’s grand opening, everyone is going to be talking about it.
 

Tucked away near the Seattle Great Wheel, there is a whole world of adventure awaiting just past the totem poles and underneath the neon sign. Wings Over Washington is more than a film, it’s an experience that will excite all of your senses that is a similar the Disney Soarin’ rides featured at California Adventure in Anaheim, CA and Epcot in Orlando, Fl. But this isn’t a copycat attraction. It is a celebration of Washington state and features a whole different type of environment that will impress the most hardcore Disney fan. Guy Nelson, President of Dynamic Attractions (the company who created the “flying theater” said it best during today's grand opening celebration. He recently returned from installing a similar ride at Shanghai Disneyland and while he didn’t want to compare the two, he did praise Kyle Griffith for its incredible theming and rightly so.
 

Just like a Disney attraction, guests are first brought into waiting que area briefly by “state rangers” before heading upstairs to the briefing room. You’re no longer on the pier in Seattle, but deep in the wood in a National park cabin decorated with totem figures, maps and tourist posters. It won’t take long to notice that posters come alive with subtle changes. The lighthouse light flashes, a bird flies in the forest, wind gently blows on the reeds. Within moments, guests are greeted by the forest ranger on his first day on the job. He explains a little history of the state and safety instructions. Some of the totem characters come alive (ala Tiki Room). Then, a door opens in the back of the room and guests are encouraged to walk through a magic portal (a dry ice curtain effect similar to what you would find on the Pirates of the Caribbean) that transports guests to a campsite late at night. The room is surrounded with trees and stars shining in the darkness. Look to your left and you’ll find a raccoon. On your right, an owl. In the middle are three tall benches.

After securing your seatbelts and wondering if you’ll be able to see past the row in front of you, the benches rise and the eagle featured on top of the totem pole near the campfire comes alive and leads guest on a flying journey all over the state.

Incredibly filmed by Super 78 Studios, Wings Over Washington flies guest through forests (where the fresh scent of pine is pumped in), over the Pacific Ocean (complete with a spray of sea mist), through the tulip fields of LaConner (again, with scents of fresh flowers), over Snoqualmie Falls, through a Husky football game and more before coming back to see the Great Wheel lit up at night.
 

Wings Over Washington was filmed with a camera attached to a helicopter and drones to give guest an up close and personal view of Washington’s best sites while rocking guests back and forth giving a sensation that they are really flying. It’s an incredible experience that you’ll want to witness for yourself and bring friends and family from out of town giving them another great reason to visit Seattle.


Wings Over Washington can be discovered on Pier 57 Miner's Landing located at 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101. Currently, rides can be taken Sunday through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.- Midnight (Last ride boards 15 minutes prior to closing time).

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