Manner again within the groovy 70s, Disney World had a journey primarily based on the basic 20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea movie launched within the 50s. Sadly, in 1994, the favored journey closed. However now, because of a YouTuber devoted to protecting the historical past of basic theme park sights, you possibly can expertise the previous journey just about, in both VR, 2D, or through an interactive YouTube video.
Defunctland is a YouTube channel that began again in 2017. It covers the historical past of basic and sometimes closed rides at varied theme parks. Again in 2017 Defunctland creator Kevin Perjurer additionally teased an bold thought: An interactive digital theme park that would come with rides that had lengthy closed down, recreated in VR. It sounded nice, however because the years glided by not a lot progress appeared to made and I (together with others) assumed the VR park challenge was useless.
If you happen to want a 15-minute break immediately, I recommend taking a visit to Defunctland VR and using a protracted misplaced attraction. https://t.co/tCp9L8UN1K pic.twitter.com/6b10SVHrWC
— Defunctland (@Defunctland) January 7, 2021
Properly, I used to be improper. And I’m joyful to be improper. Earlier this week, Defunctland launched the free alpha of Defunctland VR, a playable construct of the digital park that accommodates a extremely detailed recreation of your entire 20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea journey first seen again in 1971 in Disney World Orlando.
For these of you with out VR headsets, you possibly can play the entire thing like a normal first-person exploration sport. And for those who don’t have a PC that may run the sport or don’t wish to obtain it, the channel has uploaded a video of the journey through YouTube’s 360° characteristic. All this implies, anybody can expertise this cool little bit of historical past.
The digital journey consists of actual audio from the attraction and appears fantastic. As you dive below the water, digital animatronics recreate the basic journey. I by no means received an opportunity to journey 20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea, however after spending 20 minutes with Defunctland VR I really feel like I can now say I’ve.
The plan is to maintain including extra rides and sights to the digital park over time. And if future rides are this effectively made, I can’t wait to see what’s opening subsequent in Defunctland.