Live Park 4D
Designed by New York and Seoul-based entertainment company D’strict, Live Park 4D in Goyang, South Korea, is the world’s first ‘4D’ theme park. It uses the gestural, facial and voice recognition technology of Microsoft’s Kinect sensor to create 10,000 sq m of immersive user-generated environments.
Once creating their own virtual avatar, visitors are free to navigate the theme parks 65 attractions, interacting with 3D videos, holograms and augmented reality technology to create a non-linear adventure enabled by the Kinect. Highlights include the world’s largest 360-degree stereoscopic theatre, where visitors can interact and play with their avatars in 3D by running and shouting.
D’strict is now looking to create further Live Parks in China and Singapore after the park in Goyang opened in late 2011. It has pre-empted Disney’s plans to build an immersive park in 2013 based on the 2009 blockbuster Avatar, directed by James Cameron, which will focus on delivering technical innovation and experiential storytelling to recreate the film’s alien environments.
Read more about the future of theme parks in Theme Parks: Thrills, Spills and Dollar Bills.