To 4D or Not to 4D


(Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.)

Walt Disney first started in the movie business by making little shorts that took a humorous look at current events. These shorts would run before the feature length film in local movie houses.

So, it seems logical that Walt Disney World would incorporate movies into some attractions throughout the resort. However, in true Disney fashion, they take something and make it extraordinary. In the case of the films, they add not just a 3D element but turn the film in to a 4D experience including tactile elements like bubbles, water and even scents.

While these films are in three of the four parks, some parents, myself included, are wondering if it is safe for their Mousekatot to watch these films without doing damage to their developing eyes.

I did a little research and I came across a article “Is it harmful for children to watch 3D movies and games?”

In the article it states here was a study that was done by France’s health and safety agency (ANES) and said that children under the age of 6 should not view 3D films. However, New Scientist believes this to be over kill.

The article quotes, “However, what is clear is that there is no published research, new or old, showing evidence of adverse effects from watching 3D content other than the short-term discomfort that can be experienced by children and adults alike.” The article futher goes on to say that there have not been any long-term affects reported at any age.

While this one article says there is nothing wrong with it, it is up to you as parents to make the decision to take your Mousekatot to see these attractions.

Another factor to consider is will your Mousekatot sit still through the whole attraction?

As I shared in an earlier blog post, we took Lily to Kennywood for Kevin’s company picnic. At Kennywood, they have a 4D film that features the characters from “Ice Age.” We choose a sit at seats that were easy for us to get up and leave if need be. But, we ended up not needing to leave. Lily laughed the whole time and really enjoyed the film. I dare say she was the one who enjoyed the film the most out of the whole audience.

Another thing to remember is that these 4D attractions are not as long as a regular 3D movie. So your child’s exposure will be limited.

Before you go on your trip to Walt Disney World talk about these attractions as a family and see if they are a good fit for your Mousekatot. Only you know what is best for your child.

Do you take your Mousekatot to see the 4D attractions at Walt Disney World? Leave your comments below.



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