In the heart of The Distillery District, a revolutionary entertainment experience is set to captivate audiences of all ages. Illuminarium is an innovative immersive venue that transports visitors into fantastical realms, seamlessly merging cutting-edge technology with immersive storytelling. Opening this August, Illuminarium introduces two spellbinding experiences – WAKING WONDERLAND and SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond. With its rich blend of projection-mapped environments, interactive technologies, and live characters, Illuminarium promises an unforgettable journey that sparks the imagination and ignites a sense of wonder.
Illuminarium at The Distillery District Opening Date: 31st August 2023
Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00AM to 11.00 PM
“We’re so excited to join together to bring Illuminarium to the distillery district toronto. Firstly Illuminarium’s platform gives us the ability to uniquely combine techniques used in traditional motion picture production and virtual reality to make you feel like you are actually there,” says Ryan Andal, President & Founder of Secret Location. “While Illuminarium at The Distillery District is an incredible canvas for us as creators, I think it’s even more exciting for our guests as it’s something they could never experience at home.”
“We’re thrilled to open our first Illuminarium in Canada,” said Alan Greenberg, CEO of Illuminarium Experiences. “Toronto is booming with entertainment creation so it was a natural fit for us to open up our first Canadian experience here. We look forward to showcasing our unparalleled immersive offerings with exclusive content pieces as well as the entertainment programming we have in our U.S. locations. Illuminarium at The Distillery District will be a playground for all– from first dates to families and everyone in between.”
The Toronto entertainment complex will open with two epic experiences and will be adding new shows to the programming schedule regularly. The first two shows are:
WAKING WONDERLAND: Unveiling the Magic of Wonderland Anew
Embark on a journey that bridges generations and rekindles the magic of Wonderland in WAKING WONDERLAND, a mesmerizing experience designed by Secret Location. Dive into the whimsical world inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” and follow Anna, Alice’s granddaughter, as she embarks on a quest to awaken the slumbering wonderland.
As you step into the immersive environment, you’ll find yourself in the drawing room, the starting point of Anna’s enchanting journey. Join Anna in her quest to restore the magic to Wonderland, guided by the Cheshire Cat and accompanied by a cast of vibrant characters. Interact with surreal settings, uncover hidden treasures, and embrace the whimsy that surrounds you.
Experience the Extraordinary i.e.:
- Rediscovering Wonderland: Anna’s mission to awaken Wonderland from its slumber is a journey of self-discovery and adventure.
- Interactive Environments: Engage with tactile and sensory interactions, from touch and search to smell and play.
- Mysteries Unveiled: Encounter the enigmatic White Rabbit, a character lost for decades, and join the quest to save Wonderland.
- Journey through the Looking Glass: Traverse unique lands, from the chaotic tea factory of the Mad Hatter to the regal throne room of the Queen of Hearts.
- Musical Enchantment: Immerse yourself in the magical soundscape with a musical score by JUNO Award-winning artist LIGHTS.
- Hidden Secrets: Discover 138 hidden White Rabbits and explore the 1834 mushrooms within the Mushroom Forest.
- Costume Magic: Witness the artistry of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s costume design that brings characters to life.
- Active Engagement: Utilize motion tracking and movement to interact with the immersive space and its physical sets.
- Capture the Moment: Conclude your journey with a memorable photo at The Tea Party Portal area.
SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond: Exploring the Cosmos Like Never Before
Embark on a celestial adventure with SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond, a captivating experience that fuses state-of-the-art animation systems with awe-inspiring imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope. Take a cosmic voyage through our solar system and touch the surface of the Moon in this high-tech exploration.
Embarking on the Cosmic Odyssey:
- Unveiling the Universe: Immerse yourself in the wonders of the galaxy, guided by the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope.
- Immersive Animation: Witness the deployment of the JWST, an origami-like unfolding of a colossal telescope in deep space.
- Moonwalk Experience: Feel the thrill of walking on the Moon’s surface, just like a real astronaut.
- Planetary Exploration: Journey through the inner rocky planets to the gas giants of the outer regions and beyond to the stellar Nebula.
- Interactivity and Education: Engage with interactive features and learn about space exploration, including the iconic Apollo 11 mission.
- Technological Marvels: Experience 4K laser projection, 3D audio, and LIDAR-based interactivity that bring the cosmos to life.
A Fusion of Technology and Imagination: The Making of Illuminarium
Behind the captivating experiences at Illuminarium lies a partnership between Illuminarium and Secret Location. When collaborative efforts have birthed a groundbreaking fusion of technology and storytelling that transport audiences into new realms of wonder. Combining cutting-edge digital projection mapping with immersive narrative, Illuminarium sets a new standard in experiential entertainment.
“We’re so excited to join together to bring Illuminarium to Toronto. Illuminarium’s platform gives us the ability to uniquely combine techniques used in traditional motion picture production and virtual reality to make you feel like you are actually there,” says Ryan Andal, President and founder of Secret Location. “While Illuminarium at the distillery district toronto is an incredible canvas for us as creators, I think it’s even more exciting for our guests as it’s something they could never experience at home.”
“We’re thrilled to open our first Illuminarium in Canada,” said Alan Greenberg, CEO of Illuminarium Experiences. “Toronto is booming with entertainment creation so it was a natural fit for us to open up our first Canadian experience here. We look forward to showcasing our unparalleled immersive offerings with exclusive content pieces as well as the entertainment programming we have in our U.S. locations. Illuminarium at the distillery district toronto will be a playground for all– from first dates to families and everyone in between.”
A Captivating Trio: Illuminarium’s North American Locations
Toronto’s Illuminarium at the distillery district toronto stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering immersive wonder. This venue joins its counterparts in Atlanta and Las Vegas, solidifying Illuminarium’s status as a global leader in 360-degree cinematic entertainment.
Sign Up for the Journey: How to Experience Illuminarium
Don’t miss your chance to be part of these extraordinary experiences. Visit www.illuminarium.com/toronto to learn more about Illuminarium, sign up for the online ticket waitlist, and be among the first to step into the worlds of WAKING WONDERLAND and SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond.
FAQs: Exploring Illuminarium
Q: What age group is Illuminarium suitable for?
A: Illuminarium’s experiences are designed to captivate individuals aged 3 to 103, making it a family-friendly adventure.
Q: Can I interact with the environments at Illuminarium?
A: Absolutely! Both WAKING WONDERLAND and SPACE offer various interactive elements that encourage engagement and exploration.
Q: When does Illuminarium officially open?
A: Illuminarium’s full operation starts on Thursday, August 31st, with presale tickets available from Tuesday, August 15th.
Q: What technology powers the immersive experiences?
A: Illuminarium employs cutting-edge technologies like 4K laser projection, 3D audio, and LIDAR-based interactivity to create its spellbinding environments.
Q: Can I capture memories of my experience?
A: Certainly! After your journey through WAKING WONDERLAND or SPACE, make sure to take a memorable photo at designated areas.
Q: How does Illuminarium compare to traditional entertainment venues?
A: Illuminarium revolutionizes entertainment by immersing visitors in dynamic environments that blend technology, narrative, and interactivity.
Q: How do I get to Illuminarium?
A: By Transit: 504A King Street Car to Parliament St and walk south down to Distillery Lane. We are across from CACAO 70 Eatery and next to Arvo Coffee.
By Car from West: Take Gardiner Expressway to Lower Jarvis Street Exit, straight on Lakeshore left on Parliament and right onto Distillery Lane.
By Car from East: Take Don Valley Pkwy S to Eastern Ave/Eastern Ave (exit) and then take Parliament St to Distillery Lane.
In Conclusion: Where Imagination Knows No Bounds
Finally Illuminarium at the distillery district toronto emerges as a beacon of innovation, inviting audiences to explore uncharted territories of imagination. With the enchanting WAKING WONDERLAND and the cosmic odyssey of SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond, Illuminarium promises to redefine immersive entertainment. Through its marriage of technology and storytelling, this venue opens a gateway to realms where wonder and curiosity reign supreme. Join the adventure, ignite your imagination, and step into the future of experiential entertainment.
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