Our 4D Theatre Brings Learning To Life

Experience Incredible Underwater Wonders

The 4D seat system includes an astounding number of features and effects, each one carefully choreographed to the film on the screen. Immerse yourself in the 4D experience and allow yourself to be transported into the action through the special effects of sound, smell, touch, lights and weather effects.

Please Note:

This experience is a 15 minute film for guests to enjoy. If you have any questions about the 4D Theatre experience, please contact Guest Experience at guestexperience@vanaqua.org. 


Planet Earth: Shallow Seas™ 4-D Experience

Descend beneath the surface of the ocean in this epic 4-D adventure. Combining the drama of 3-D with special effects such as wind, mist, scents, and dramatic lighting, Planet Earth: Shallow Seas™ 4-D Experience explores some of the world's richest coral reefs and shallow coastal waters. Surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, glide alongside sea lions, and track a mother humpback whale and calf. Sense the pressure, feel the perils, and smell the triumph as you celebrate Earth as never before.


Octopus: Blue Planet II 4-D Experience

Dive beneath the surface to explore our planet’s oceans and one of the most captivating creatures that dwells there: the octopus. Discover how this eight-tentacled wonder masters physical and mental strengths to outwit and escape its underwater rivals including the pyjama shark and sally lightfoot crab. Wave after wave of excitement reveals extraordinary octopus behaviors and dynamic oceanic landscapes in this special effects experience inspired by the critically-acclaimed BBC series, Blue Planet II.

Theatre features

4-D Screen
With larger-than-life images that leap right out of the screen, the 4D experience is your chance to look at marine animals in a whole new way.

Immerse yourself in a herd of plodding elephants or a flock of cawing birds, with surround sound that puts you in the middle of the action.

Catch a whiff of the scents that will further immerse you in the 4D experience, with customized smells for various shows.

A variety of innovative technology creates vibration, shaking and rumbling in sync with the effects on screen.

Exciting flashes of light take place to mimic lightning and other bright natural phenomena.

Various effects like wind, mist, snow and bubbles imitate elements of weather and will awaken your senses.

Please Note

  • Arrive early - We recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to the show time as spaces are limited. Late admittance to the theatre will not be accepted as the doors are locked once the show begins.
  • Accessibility - Our 4D shows are accessible for all audiences and include: wheelchair access entry, 4 wheelchair spots, assisted listening headsets and closed captioning units are available upon request.
  • Not for everyone - The 4D Experience may not be appropriate for children under four or for people with light sensitives, back issues or scent allergies. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times inside the theatre and in the Aquarium.

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