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  • Ed Lantz
    The Disney Soarin domes were designed, manufactured and installed by Spitz. As I recall they are 80-foot diameter perforated aluminum, powder-coated domes
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 29, 2006
      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.

      Ed
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