Spongebob Squarepants Experience Created with Oculus Rift

A brand new virtual reality (VR) experience featuring Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants franchise has been revealed, available now for attendees of Moody Gardens, a theme park located in Gavelston, Texas. Moody Gardens has partnered with Nickelodeon, Super 78 and SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment to create this innovative attraction now open to all in the ‘Discovery Pyramid’.

Entitled SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, attendees can now experience a whole new kind of submarine adventure as they take the “Le Plunger” into the life-sized world of Bikini Bottom. Viewed through a 30-foot wide observation window. Patrick Star and the rest of his animated underwater pals are seen on screen through 3D technology, as guests are able to have real-time conversations with him and help choose their path through the underwater adventure.

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In the creation of this attraction Super 78 used Mushroom VR, a proprietary attraction design tool that utilises the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset to pre-visualise the experience. The pre-construction design provided an accurate guest-experience assessment of all the attraction content, including 3D environments, media, scenic and show elements, making it seem as if you are submerged within Bikini Bottom.

“For the first time ever, the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure will allow guests to interact ‘live and in person’ with a 3D digital character, a major breakthrough in digital puppetry,” said Michael “Oz” Smith, Super 78’s Technical Director. “And because guests also help navigate the sub, choosing which direction the adventure takes, every voyage will be truly one-of-a-kind.”

Admission to the attraction is $18.95 USD for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children. It is also included in a Moody Gardens Value Pass. VRFocus will keep you updated with the wide variety of uses of the Oculus Rift HMD, including more traditional architectural design.

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