Have you ever wanted to travel across the Pacific Ocean, visit small tropical islands, and leave all your cares behind, all in air conditioned comfort? If you have, then a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale may be in your future.
On Friday, Jan. 17, audiences will be taken on an epic adventure through the tropical islands of West Papua and experience one of the most extraordinary places on Earth when the IMAX® 3D documentary, Journey to the South Pacific 3D, comes to the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theate.
According to director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and Chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the film, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, "transports audiences to the heart of the South Pacific on an adventure that gets audiences as close as possible to the extraordinary wildlife of West Papua without actually being there."
In Journey to the South Pacific 3D, moviegoers will join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes them on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea.
“The film is a celebration of a unique island culture that has developed a special relationship with its ocean environment,” says Blanchett. “The photography is spectacular. It’s as if you are swimming right alongside the manta rays and all the other creatures of the reefs.”
Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific 3D highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.
Adds producer Shaun MacGillivray, “The lush, natural beauty of the South Pacific is the perfect subject for the extremely high resolution IMAX® cameras, and the result is a film that immerses audiences in a magical world that is as remarkable above water as it is below it.”
In addition to the opening of the Journey to the South Pacific, Museum visitors can enjoy our special opening weekend event, Polynesian Culture Fest, from Saturday, January 18, 2014, through Monday, January 20, 2014, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. While there, guests can experience the music, dance and culture of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, New Zealand and other South Pacific Islands.
The weekend includes:
- Polynesian Dancing Shows
Special performances by the dancers of Polynesian Proud including a special appearance by Preston Weber, 2010 Junior World Fire Knife Champion and America's Got Talent 2011 contestant.
- Surfing Demonstration and Lessons by Kali "da Big Kahuna" Montero
Jump on a surfboard and learn the basics of surfing from the master!
- Lei Making Demonstrations
Learn how to create authentic leis from fresh flowers. Each lei will be given away to lucky winners at the end of the day!
- Po’e Tasting
Sample Tahitian po’e and learn about this food staple of the South Pacific.
- Polynesian Arts and Crafts
Learn about Tahitian drum carving, Samoan tattoos, Hawaiian fashions and much more.
- Coral Reef Talk
Learn about the animals that live among the world’s coral reefs.
- Table Top Science Demos
Discover how the South Pacific islands were created by volcanos, how Polynesians navigated by the stars across the oceans in outrigger canoes, and how a coral reef is created.
- Lanakila Iki Outrigger Canoe Club
View an authentic outrigger canoe like the ones used by the ancient Polynesians to cross the Pacific Ocean and still used today throughout the South Pacific Islands.
The Museum of Discovery and Science, located at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312, is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. General Admission prices are $19 for adults; $18 seniors; $15 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free.
A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic IMAX movie. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater-owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater features the biggest screen (60 ft. x 80 ft.) in South Florida and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAX projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films are viewed using new lightweight XR 3D glasses.
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