Ripley's Lights Up “LaseRace”

Ripley's latest attraction is one part "Entrapment," one part video game.

We can't be the ONLY people in the world that remember 1999's "Entrapment" with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones as master thieves double-crossing each other. Certainly you remember the trailer that features Zeta-Jones bending and flexing under "lasers" to not set off an alarm (You don't? Click here to be refreshed).

Ripley's Believe It or Not must have, as they've built an attraction that's one part "Entrapment" and one part video game.

LaseRace is a pretty simple concept; cross one room filled with lasers as quickly as possible without breaking a beam.

But, like the press release suggests, getting through it once isn't enough -- the lasers randomize so you don' t have the same course each time, plus you're racing the clock.

Luckily, none of the beams are like "Get Smart's" parody version: you'll just have time added to your score if you break one.

General Manager Clay Stewart sent along images of LaseRace, plus the full release below:

Imagine playing INSIDE a video game. At Ripley's new Impossible LaseRace, players step inside a laser-filled chamber and become part of the game as they jump, crawl, and straddle a gauntlet of laser lights. The player's mission is to beat the clock and reach the end without breaking a single laser beam.

Now open in the same building as Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax, and the Enchanted Mirror Maze, Ripley's Impossible LaseRace is a fun game for all family members.

Imagine you're a player. You walk up, scan your pre-paid ticket and head to the entrance. You enter the mysterious room through a revolving door that allows no light in with you. As you cross the starting point just inside the door, the dark chamber pops to life - filled with brilliant green lasers streaming from the walls.

Game time! You begin your journey, expertly navigating through the web of lasers, going over and under and avoiding them as quickly as possible to reach the end. There appears to be no way to get through without breaking a beam. With so many choices ahead of you- it is never the same experience twice.

As you navigate beyond the final beam, you press a stop button which completes your challenge and determines your time. You delight in your experience and exit thinking to yourself, "Wow, that was so much fun, I'm gonna do it again," said Clay Stewart, general manager of all four of Grand Prairie's Ripley's attractions. "This is a timed event and the object is to navigate the chamber as fast as you can without breaking a beam. However, if you do, that's OK. You are simply penalized by having time added to your score."

But beware, you are not alone! There are cameras inside and monitors outside the chamber with everyone being able to watch your successful journey!

On average, play time is between 30 - 45 seconds. The best players (people who have played the most) will earn a score in the 15 second range, while average players will score around 35.

The price of a ticket is about what a high-end video game would cost in the arcade. "After your first adventure, re-plays cost even less because we know you're going to want to continue to play in search of that one great score," notes Stewart. "The game is unique to the Metroplex and we have had an overwhelming response to it so far."

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