- The Disney Soarin' domes were designed, manufactured and installed by
Spitz. As I recall they are 80-foot diameter perforated aluminum,
powder-coated domes tilted 90 degrees and reinforced at the bottom so
that service persons can walk on them to recover lost items. The
projection system is 15perf-70mm IMAX film running at 48 fps. That's
why the images look so real - rapid panning does not result in strobing.
The perforated aluminum allows sound and blowing air effects to
penetrate the screen. I think the system is also installed in Japan.
This is the most realistic visual simulator that I've ever experienced.
I think that the "ski lift" motion platform is especially effective
since your feet are left dangling without any floor reference.
Few know that Spitz's dome clients include Disney, Universal Studios,
Volkswagen, and several Las Vegas casinos in addition to most IMAX
domes. I think that they currently have around 75-80% market share of
perforated aluminum dome screens worldwide. AstroTec is the next most
popular dome screen manufacturer.