The Virtual Reality Experience At Dreamscape Is The Coolest Thing You Can Do In Columbus Right Now

Dreamscape, an immersive VR experience unlike any other, is officially open at Easton.

Located on the second floor of Station Building at Easton, Dreamscape is something totally new for AMC. The experiences are full sensory storytelling at its finest. Currently, there are three experiences at Dreamscape, but there are plans to add a Dragon Flight Academy experience based on How To Train Your Dragon soon.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our next-generation immersive experiences to Easton Town Center later this month,” said Bruce Vaughn, CEO of Dreamscape. “At Dreamscape, our singular goal is to create magical memories between families and friends that can’t be experienced anywhere else. We do this by building unforgettable immersive worlds and fusing them together with stories filled with adventure, joy, collaborative challenges, and heartwarming moments. We can’t wait to debut our three immersive adventures to the Columbus community and to Easton Town Center for the very first time.”

I had the pleasure of doing all three currently available VR experiences at Dreamscape when I visited, and let me tell you, I was blown away. My favorite was The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure, which had sort of an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider vibe. Everything was so realistic, enhanced by real-world elements like temperature changes and fans that simulate the wind.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning of the process. First things first, you have to buy a ticket. Admission is $20 and the whole experience lasts about 35 minutes, which includes your time suiting up.

Once you have your ticket, you’ll head over to check-in, where you’ll choose your VR avatar and read and sign a waiver. After that, you’ll head over to the Dream Lounge to wait for your experience to begin. The lounge has an old-timey train station vibe going on, and it’s extremely well done. The seating is comfortable and there are snacks available for purchase if you’re feeling peckish.

Only six people can go on each adventure, and you’ll be placed in a specific order then led down the hallway to your pod. In this room, you’ll find all of the VR gear needed to fully immerse yourself. There are sensors that attach to your hands and feet, as well as a small backpack that you wear in addition to the VR headset. Once you’re all kitted up, you’ll look slightly ridiculous but it won’t matter. In the VR world, your avatar will replace your body anyway.

This is the face of someone who knows they look ridiculous but doesn’t care at all.

After your guide lays down some ground rules, it’s time to enter the chamber where all the magic happens. You’ll be asked to place your feet on specific markings, all in a line. Then, you’ll pull down your VR mask and the show will begin. Pro tip: make sure your foot sensors are on really tight. If they slip around, it can cause your legs to look a little odd in the virtual world.

The Lost Pearl took us on an adventure through some caves. There were torches, canons firing, platforms dropping, and even a cart ride worthy of any adventure film. And the best part is, you genuinely feel like it’s happening.

Sure, the animation isn’t fully lifelike, but you can feel the spray of mist, the wind blowing your hair around, the ground shakes when the cannons go off. It was the most surreal experience, knowing it was all fake and that we had barely moved from our original positions.

We had such a great time at Dreamscape and I genuinely can’t wait to go back with more of my friends. It’s fun and entertaining, and it feels like it’s on the cutting edge of a serious change in immersive virtual reality.

The other experiences on offer at Dreamscape are Deep Blu and Alien Zoo, which was Dreamscape’s first VR experience. Deep Blu takes you deep into the ocean as a scuba diver where you encounter an animal in need of help. I don’t want to spoil too much about it, so I’ll just say that it involves underwater sea scooters and it’s dope. Alien Zoo takes you into outer space to get up close and personal with alien animals. You can pet them and play with them, including the adorable “frogcats”. You can grab a photo with those guys outside of Dreamscape on your way home.

Overall, a visit to Dreamscape is just one of those things you need to experience for yourself. It’s incredibly cool and I can’t wait to see your many photos and Instagram stories, so don’t forget to use our hashtag, #columbusnavigator. For more info about Dreamscape, or to book your tickets, you can visit their website here.

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