The much anticipated FlyOver Canada is now open at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC. Opening day was perfect timing for this years Canada Day long weekend and MomMomOnTheGo and family was there for the ride.
The FlyOver Canada experience starts with a pre-show called Uplift produced by Montreal’s Moment Factory. Uplift does just that….it gets you ready, in the mood and reminds you just how amazing our Country is.
The tour guide takes you into a room where you look at the walls. You do stand for the Uplift experience. The Uplift pre-show lasts approximately 10 minutes. I found myself just gazing in awe during the pre-show at the images being flashed before my eyes. My girls aged 6 and 10 loved Uplift and were so busy watching that there was not a single peep out of them. Uplift really gets you in the mood to experience more breathtaking images. We loved Uplift.
After the pre-show, the tour guide takes you into another room where they palce you on a dot. The dot represents your seat. Here is my first piece of advice…..if you have any issues with stairs, make sure you let your tour guide know as the seats for the ride are on various levels and you have to clime stairs to get the the higher levels. This was not an issue for my family, but if you have any issues with stairs and end up on the top level, you will be climbing three flights of stairs to get to your seat. If you do not have issues with stairs, you have to try and get the seats we were in. We were on the top row of seats and hence the highest up you could go. During the ride our feet were dangling and did it ever feel like we were flying through the sky. It was absolutely amazing.
To back up a bit……as you are in the pre-flight room and standing on your dot, you get a little safety video. I loved that there was humor in the safety video and not just a boring do this and don’t do that video. The attention paid to even the safety video shows the love and care that was put into this 16 million dollar attraction.
After the Safety Video you are escorted to your seat. I know everyone wants to see what they are sitting in, I was sure looking for photos prior to going to FlyOver Canada. I was really curious what the seats would be like.
Here are some things that you need to know about FlyOver Canada……
*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or a guardian aged 14 years or over.
*Guests must be at least 102cm (40”) to enter the attraction.
*Guests under the line on the seat must wear the seat belt through the middle loop. Both my 6 year old and 10 year old had to wear the seat belt through the middle loop and I like this feature.
*There is a compartment under the seat that holds all your stuff. My bad fit in their with tons of room. The compartment is elasticized so everything stays put.
*The seat belts are locked prior to the ride for safety reasons.
When you get to your seat all you have to do is stow away your bags under your seat and sit down. There is a seat belt just like on an airplane that you do up. The “flight attendant” who is your tour guide comes by and helps anyone that might need help and checks all the seat belts.
Just as the ride is about to commence, the lights all go out. If you have a little one that does not like the complete dark, I recommend just holding their hand. The lights are not out very long and when the screen lights up, you have been moved forward and your feet are now dangling.
In the photo of the seats above, you can see the railing in the front of the seats. That railing moves down and the seats move forward and out. That is the position that you maintain for the entire show. I loved it and so did my girls.
FlyOver Canada really shows the beauty of our country. It is a breathtaking 4D experience that will leave you wanting more. As soon as we were finished our FlyOver Canada experience, the first thing out of my girls’ mouths were “Again, again!” I felt the same way. I certainly could have sat there for longer and enjoyed more of our amazing country.
I know that some people might be thinking, but I am afraid of heights. MomMomOnTheGo brought along someone that is very afraid of heights and they had no problem with the ride or experience at all. Now I cannot guarantee the same experience for everyone, but you are securely sitting on a comfortable seat, seat belt on, and just taken away with 4D experiences, so I do not think it left much time to think about anything else. My recommendation is, if you are nervous about heights, just ask the tour guide to be on the lower level. We were on the very top level and had absolutely no problems with the person afraid of heights or having young kids with us.
I think that the tickets for FlyOver Canada are reasonably priced. I like that there are two ticket options, General Admission and Priority Boarding. i would recommend for the slight price difference to purchase Priority Boarding tickets so that you do not have as long of a wait for your FlyOver Canada experience.
At the end of the FlyOver Canada experience, I asked my party what they thought of it. Everyone absolutely loved it and we would all go see it again. My 10 year old had a great recommendation though. She said that it would have been nice to know where the images were. She thought that it would have been good to have the name of the City on the image so we knew where we were flying over. I think this is a great recommendation from my 10 year old.
Overall, the FlyOver Canada experience is a must for sure. I love that it is right here in Vancouver, BC Canada. We are lucky enough to have it right here in our home town to go enjoy any time we wish.
Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo was provided complimentary tickets for the purpose of conducting this review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo only supports companies and products she loves. All opinions expressed herein are those of MomMomOnTheGo.