I had never heard of the seats and no one I knew had, so I had to check out these mystical D-BOX motion seats that I was hearing about at the Anaheim GardenWalk.
We went. We saw. We thought they rocked. UltraLuxe Cinemas at the GardenWalk is the only theater in Orange County with these D-BOX motion seats, which are programmed to move in sync with onscreen action. We saw Pirates 4, so when the boat swayed, you swayed. When something on screen jumped, your seat jumped. When rapid action took place, your seat rapidly moves to the motion.
The experience added a very cool, new dimension to moviegoing. It really, “put you in the story.”
Some things to know: there are only about 20 D-Box seats in the specific theater, the next closest location with D-Box is Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, each seat has 4 levels (slow, medium, fast, off), the seats are more expensive than regular seats (about double the cost, I believe).
My kids loved the experience and my massive movie-going husband also gave it a thumbs up; he said “everything synced perfect.”
The UltraLuxe Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk has ended the Pirates D-Box showing and Super 8 is in D-Box now. If you don’t know much about Spielberg’s Super 8, it’s said to really be a kids’ movie (many think it’s only for adults), and reminded many of seeing ET as a kid. By the way, we also caught Kung Fu Panda 2 at the UltraLuxe Cinemas. A nice bonus of going to the movies at the GardenWalk is the atmosphere : upscale restaurants from PF Chang to Roy’s to Cheesecake Factory, as well as specialty stores like Lush (which I love!).
Other 411 UltraLuxe Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk scoop:
•UltraLuxe Cinemas has the all-digital UltraMAXimum 65-foot giant screen experience, similar to an IMAX, except they don’t charge any extra to watch a movie in UltraMAXimum.
•UltraLuxe is all-digital, meaning all 14 screens feature 100% digital projection for the crispest, clearest movie presentation available.
• Cinema Café – featuring full sit-down table service and wait staff, serving gourmet movie fare including paninis, salads, quesadillas, desserts, specialty coffees ,etc.
•Star-Class auditoriums – these smaller more intimate auditoriums are for 21+ audiences only, guaranteeing an adult environment – they also feature in-theater ordering and service from our Cinema Café
• Parent Movie Morning and Baby’s Night Out – Parents can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in a baby-friendly setting that includes valet stroller parking, dimmed lights, reduced volume, and changing facilities in the auditorium. Featured movies will be recently released titles that are for adult audiences, not children’s or animated films. Parent Movie Morning is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Baby’s Night Out is held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.. Admission is $6 for adults and children under 4 are free.
•Kidtoons – G-rated animated films every Sat and Sun at 10:30 a.m., all year round, for only $2.50. This month’s feature is Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails.
•Summer Series- Every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 28 through August 31, kids are invited to enjoy 10 weeks of recently released, family-friendly films for the one-time ticket price of $5.00. A different film is featured each week, including favorite titles such as Yogi Bear, Shrek Forever After, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and How to Train Your Dragon.
UltraLuxe Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., upper level, Anaheim, CA 92802, http://www.ultrastarmovies.com.