Taking stylistic cues from Jules Verne and the steampunk genre, TIME LOOP is a thrilling motion simulator theater, which sends guests on an adventure of a lifetime. The spherical theater is uniquely engineered as a gyroscopic motion base, able to rock, spin, tilt, and complete full rotations in all directions. Keep an eye on the clock as Dr. Ray Gunn launches his most powerful invention to date – The Time Ship!
The Queue (Tomorrowland Electric Co.)
The experience begins inside the Tomorrowland Electric Company where guests file into an industrial machine room where giant Tesla coils fire bolts of electricity overhead. Masked guards usher guests through large blast doors into the pre-show.
The Pre-Show (Dr. Gunn’s Office)
Guests enter a dimly lit Victorian hallway (an industrial Victorian future) and see into an office through gaps in the shutter blinds. The office is littered with sketches, plans and models of the Time Ship vehicle. The door to the office, labeled DR. RAY GUNN, is cracked open. A man, in animatronic form, sits in the shadows with his back turned. This is Dr. Ray Gunn himself, an enigmatic evil genius. He speaks calmly and deeply into a handheld voice recorder, unbeknownst to him that he is being watched.
“Journal entry six nine five. December 4. Today, I conduct the most powerful experiment the world has ever seen. The Time Ship’s stabilization mechanism has… issues. Energy supply wiring has flaws. Some safety harnesses have failed. But time has run out. The time loop will begin shortly and I must proceed with today’s experiment, regardless of mechanical failures. When I return to the future, I will finally be able to prove the existence of time travel. But, if the energy levels fail, the time loop will trap me in an infinite loop forwards – to the very end of time itself…and beyond! Timing and energy levels are absolutely crucial.”
A watch alarm goes off. Dr. Gunn raises his wrist in the air, and turns the alarm off. Still in shadow, he pushes his chair back and stands up, turning into the light. He is wearing a white lab coat, large black gloves and an eye patch over his right eye. His hair is spiked as if he’s been electrocuted too many times. In a triumphant tone he declares, “Hello tomorrow.” The voice recorder clicks off. “Goodbye, Tomorrowland.”
Masked guards burst through doors at the end of the hallway and usher us into the theater, “You shouldn’t be in here, proceed to the Time Ship immediately!”
The Show (The Time Ship)
We enter a beautifully ornate spherical room. At the center of the room is a large pylon-shaped audience seating area. Pristine cherry leather seats face outwards to large, rectangular portholes along the walls. The portholes themselves are show screens, and for now are covered in rich fabric curtains. Bronze arches, dials and gauges detail the room.
We are strapped into our seats and wait in silence. Video monitors placed on the seat in front of us flicker on. We see live security footage that show us outside the theater doors. A masked guard is addressing Dr. Gunn, “Sir, subjects are in place and energy fields are engaged to seven percent.”
“Seven percent that’s far too low! I’ll never leave the atmosphere, let me inside -- wait, what did you say?”
“I said we are travelling with a full load of test subjects, sir.”
“What!? There’s people in there? No, you imbecile, we travel back with people! It’s far more dangerous to go forwards than backwards! Unload the Time Ship at once!”
The doors to the theater shake as the guard tries to open them. Dr. Gunn loses patience, “Guard! Open these doors!” The guard shakes the doors again, “Sir, the locking mechanism seems to have failed.”
Lights inside the theater flicker with the rumble and roar of igniting engines.
“Hurry! Use the emergency shut off!”
“Sir, an emergency shut off was never installed!”
The curtains in front of the portholes open. Our vehicle begins to spin as we rise up inside the tower’s structure. Passing alarms and flashing lights give us a sense of speed. The monitors cut out with heavy static, but the panicked scream of Dr. Gunn can still be heard fading away.
As our ship approaches the top of the launch tower, a great vibration is felt. Lights flicker and some even burst.
We emerge from the launch tower and into the sky. The ship gently wobbles and spins. We can see through the portholes that we are floating over Tomorrowland.
The monitors in front of us flicker static, cutting the video in and out as we move further away from Earth. When the feed adjusts itself, we see Dr. Gunn looking straight at us with a warning, “The energy levels are too low! There won’t be enough power to exit the time loop with a full load! I must unload some passengers, but don’t worry, there should still be parachutes attached to your seats!” Dr. Gunn presses a big red button on a hand held device. A few random seats in the theatre thrust upwards but immediately lower. Simultaneously, we hear the cry of two men being ejected up and out of the ship.
Our monitor flickers out once and for all. A screensaver appears on the monitors with a Gunn Industries logo bouncing across the screen and binaural audio of a live orchestra. A narrator chimes in, “At Gunn Industries, we’ll shoot you…through time! Aboard the luxurious Time Ship! (Mumbles) patent pending.” With that, a loud creak and clank are heard outside as pieces of the ship fall off, rushing past our view. The men ejected from the ship also scream past, falling to earth without parachutes.
There is an intense white light outside, filling the inside of the ship. We slowly begin to rotate so that we are nearly horizontal. Depending on where in the ship we are seated, we will either be face down, face up or sideways. The sound of a blast-off is heard and we shoot away from Earth. We hurtle through brilliant color and satellites, planets and galaxies. The ship come to a stop as the universe begins to stretch away from us. The orchestra audio slows down and we are thrust into a silent, dark limbo and placed right-side-up.
With a sudden quake and a bright flash, we are thrust back through space at a high velocity, the time ship turns upside down as we approach Earth. The monitors flicker back on. Dr. Gunn is mid-sentence and hardly audible “—Time loop… (static)…five hundred years…(static)… caught in a time loop! (audible now)...I repeat, you have been caught in the time loop and have been sent backwards (static) five hundred years! My calculations were off slightly. If you can hear me you must make sure that you…(static)….in order to escape the time loop, I repeat you must – (cuts out).”
Our pod starts to burn up as we enter the Earth’s atmosphere, intense light and heat fill the theater as we rocket back to the ground, upside down!
We plunge into the ocean with a massive splash. Bubbles, fish and other sea creatures pass by. Steam and leaks from the ship’s structure spray water on us. The ship is thrust upwards, out of the water, with a thrilling spin. The ship bobs on the surface, swaying back and forth, as it tries to regain its balance.
The monitors flicker back on but because of low energy levels they cut in and out. Dr. Gunn is holding his head in his hands, “if you can hear me, I’m sorry but there is nothing I can do for you now! (static) Energy levels have been reduced to (static)… no hope… (static) farewell (static)…” Before the monitors cut out once and for all, we are left with the images of Dr. Gunn shredding paper and sneaking away.
After some calm, floating on the water, and just when all hope is lost, the ship is struck by lighting and begins to spin in brilliant white light. We spin, faster and faster, until sudden darkness.
When the spinning stops, the interior lights illuminate. Curtains cover the portholes and everything is calm. Broken light fixtures are fixed. The exit doors open and we are free to leave the time ship. It’s as if nothing ever happened.
Post-Show (Dr. Gunn’s Garden)
We exit the ship and pass by a serene garden where Dr. Gunn sits and speaks into his recording device, “Journal entry six nine four. December 3. Tomorrow, I conduct the most powerful experiment the world has ever seen. The time ship has shown several weaknesses lately....”