A multi-sensory experience based on the hit movie franchise, Godzilla: The Real 4D will allow visitors the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of what Universal describes as “an unimaginable battle” with a 118.5-metre-tall version of the giant monster.
Guests will be invited inside a theatre-style building, where they’ll take part in an immersive film featuring Godzilla forging a trail of destruction.
The new attraction arrives at the Osaka-based theme park as part of its annual Universal Cool Japan festival. Last year’s event saw the launch of attractions based on other big entertainment brands, such as Resident Evil, while the park’s Space Fantasy rollercoaster was re-themed to encapsulate the dayglo aesthetic of J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The 2017 edition begins on January 13, with Godzilla: The Real 4D expected to debut shortly after.
Godzilla holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running franchise in film history, with the mother of all monsters first appearing in 1954 and going on to feature in a total of 31 films at cinemas around the world. The latest instalment, Godzilla Resurgence, hit Japanese screens in July and grossed over $6 million dollars at the box office on its opening weekend.
Given the franchise’s long-standing popularity, it’s surprising to learn that Godzilla: The Real 4D marks the first time the iconic character has appeared at a major theme park attraction. In the US, Universal Studios Orlando opened 4D ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong in July, giving guests the chance to watch another legendary movie monster – King Kong – battle beasts including a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex. Both attractions launch ahead of forthcoming film Godzilla vs. Kong, which opens in cinemas in May 2020.