5 Wits at Destiny USA
5 Wits, located on the third floor of the mall's expansion section, opens its first immersive, interactive adventure today. But what exactly is an immersive, interactive adventure, you ask?
Here's what you need to know.
Think walk-through. You're not strapped into a ride car. "If you're exploring the ancient Egyptian tomb, you are Indiana Jones for that half hour," 5 Wits CEO Matthew DuPlessie. "It's really hands on."
Each 30-minute show features theme park-style special effects. They all include a series of rooms containing a handful of different puzzles and challenges participants must navigate.
The company's first two Destiny attractions are Tomb, an Indiana Jones-style adventure, and Espionage, a spy-themed show. Tomb opens today. Espionage will follow in about two weeks. A grand opening celebration is planned for early April.
Be ready to exercise your body and your mind. The challenges include mental and physical obstacles. In Espionage, for example, participants might have to crawl through some duct work to break into enemy headquarters or maneuver through a room rigged with laser beams. In Tomb, you have to solve various puzzles using ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics
The shows adapt. The decisions you make and your performance in the challenges affect the outcome. The shows all have multiple endings. You can lose.
The difficulty of the puzzles also adjusts depending on how well you're doing. At Destiny, each attraction will include a virtual character who will help guide customers.
It's intense, not scary. Still, the shows are probably bit much for kids under age 7, according to the company. Children under age 13 must be with an adult at all times. The adventures feature some loud sound effects, flashing lights and some darkness and dim lighting.
5 Wits has been around the block. DuPlessie founded the company about 10 years ago after designing rides and attractions in Florida for Universal Studios and Disney.
5 Wits' first show was Tomb, which opened near Fenway Park in 2004 and ran for six years.
There's more on the way at Destiny. Two more shows will open at the mall later this year. They're both brand new concepts for 5 Wits and are being designed especially forDestiny. One will be a medieval-themed adventure called Castle and the other is a yet-to-be-named futuristic, sci-fi-style attraction.
How much? Admission to each adventure is $14.99 on weekends, holidays and during school vacation weeks. It's $12.99 on other weekdays. Discounts are available if you buy admission to multiple shows at once. The attraction also has a full-day pass available that allows customers to go through all the adventures as many times as they want. 5 Wits is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CLICK HERE for a Virtual Tour of The Tomb at Five Wits