Thursday, March 31, 2011

diving deeper into 20,000 leagues under the sea...

...and doing it better than Disney World, from the sounds of it.

Earlier this month at Patriot's Point in Foxboro, Massachusetts. a new attraction entitled, "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Interactive Entertainment Experience" opened to the public.  Taking inspiration from the famous Victorian sci-fi novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," the attraction takes visitors deep into the bowels of the Nautilus, the submarine of the novel, where kids and adults alike solve musical and mechanical puzzles to activate secret doors or even control giant squids, according to this article from The Sun Chronicle:
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"Two young visitors last Saturday - sisters Hannah Marie, 11, and Amanda, 9, from East Taunton - figured out a musical code and repeated it on an organ to open one of the doors in [Captain Nemo's] library. With the help of their cousin Kaylen, 7, of Raynham, they ventured further into the ship, looking for a way back to the small museum where they started.
In the next room, with the help of some lost teenagers, they got the ship active again by adjusting wheels and pipes. Above, the metal pipes started moving again, and the kids were able to continue their way back to the surface. Captain Nemo's scratchy voice, recorded on an old voice box, warned the children of a giant squid, Architeuthis, that he had been trying to control with a chemical serum."
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In addition to the hands-on puzzles, the attraction also offers a temporary steampunk art exhibit, where various artists recreated gadgets in Verne's novels or just added their own steampunk-inspired pieces.

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