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On our last Mom and Daughter trip, Mom and I flew out to California to spend a week at Disneyland. And, since Disneyland is so easy to navigate, we had time to do extra things. We ate ice cream at Salt and Straw, went to Knotts Berry Farm, and...hit up The Void Disneyland California. (read more)
WRECK IT RALPH THE VOID REVIEW
I have to start by telling you that I've never done anything like The Void in Disneyland before. Yes, we have a Playstation PS4 VR unit, but that's the extend of my virtual reality experience. I tend to shy away from VR experiences, be it rides or otherwise, simply because it has a tendency to make me a bit nauseous. If you read my review about The Ultimate Nights of Adventure you'll know that I actually had to leave Universal Studios because I was so absolutely motion sick from their rides. (Thankfully, Pandora doesn't do that to me).
So, before we go further, let's talk about that.
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THE VOID VR MOTION SICKNESS
Shockingly, I didn't consider my sensitive stomach (or sensitive brain, maybe?) before booking our Wreck It Ralph The Void tickets. I tend to be okay with our PS4 VR, so I figured it would be the same or even better since the technology is obviously going to be more cutting edge. However, when I started writing this blog post and saw how many people searched for things like, "The Void Disney Springs motion sickness", and "The Void Star Wars motion sickness", I realized I ought to add a paragraph.
Thankfully, I don't have anything to report. I did not get the least bit motion sick. I never felt disoriented, my stomach never felt gross, I never got a headache, and I felt like the movement of my head, hands, etc. were seamless with the movement of the screen in my visor.
So, if you experience motion sickness, chances are you'll be okay. Now, I did not do The Void Star Wars Disneyland, but I would imagine the dynamics and fluidity are the same.
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I'll take you through our experience, start to finish, so if you don't want to have things spoiled, please don't keep reading. I have also made a video, so if you'd like to hear me talk about this experience, you can watch it below.
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WRECK IT RALPH VR THE VOID
We started our experience at The Void Downtown Disneyland around 2:30 on a Wednesday afternoon. We were early, our appointment being at 3:00 p.m., but we took a chance and asked if they could squeeze us in. We'd been in the parks all morning and were more than ready to go back to the hotel and take a nap.
The staff were very helpful and were able to get us in right away. A woman at the front desk indicated that we should go stand at a far wall near a blackout curtain. Once we got there we were met by another employee who would be the one guiding us through The Void VR Disneyland.
He lead us back through the curtain and reminded us that we were not allowed to take photography of any sort. Sadly, you won't see any interior pictures, but that's okay, it won't be a total spoiler when you break the internet with Ralph and Vanellope.
Once we were through the curtain he immediately brought us to a row of lockers. There we deposited all of our stuff, including fanny packs, cell phones, etc. You don't want to bring anything in with you because you're really just not going to have any place to carry it, unless you can fit it in a pocket.
He did give us the key to the locker, and I did put that in my pocket. He then gave us some cards with little characters on them and asked us to choose a character for each of us. These were not Wreck It Ralph characters, which is sort of what I was expecting. Instead they were just random, mostly solid color characters.
I picked yellow, mom picked pink, and the guy took the cards and scanned them into a machine, which printed out wrist bands for each of us to wear.
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Once we'd put all of our stuff into the lockers, the employee lead us over to a row of gear. It was all hanging from the ceiling. There were two or three rows with 8 sets of gear on the front and back of each row, a VR headset and a haptic vest hanging from a hook. I'm going to put a picture below, but it's not my picture (remember, no photography), I just borrowed it from The Void's Facebook page.
If you don't know what a haptic vest is, it just means you wear the vest like a life jacket and if you get hit with something in the game you actually feel it. It's very cool.
He had us stand with our back to the vests and shrug them on before fastening the clips and some straps. We then put the VR helmets on, but we left the visors up so we could still see our guide. He did warn us that the haptic vests were quite heavy, so we were prepared when he unhooked them and let them rest entirely on our shoulders.
It was about 20 pounds of weight, just so you are aware.
Once we were done with that he led us into another room with a large screen. He scanned our wrist bands and that brought up a video where Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope are talking to us about the adventure we're going to have, how we're going to break the internet, etc.
That finished and we once again followed our guide to a door that led into a small cube shaped room, no more than 4 feet x 4 feet. I believe the entire experience takes place in these small cubicles, moving you from one to another, each set up differently, while making you feel like you've gone all over the place.
It was awesome.
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I believe this experience is made for parties of four, meaning you can have two people or you can have four people. The reason I say this is because the room we first loaded into came with instructions from the employee.
"There will be four red circles on the ground, two in each room. One of you needs to stand in the close room, the other in the far room."
This is because we were going to be playing a game against each other during the first part of the experience, and it wouldn't have worked if we were on the same team.
He also told us that we could check out score at any point by raising our left arm so we could see our wrist in our VR unit. Kind of like you're looking at a watch. I loved this part of things and so did my mom, because we're both very competitive, so it was great being able to turn your wrist, see the screen pop up, and talk some smack to your partner.
We didn't do a lot of talking, we were so immersed in the whole world, but we did have bragging rights afterward.
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