AWAJI ISLAND, Japan — In what could be viewed as a fitting metaphor for 2020, a new theme park ride in Japan lets guests zipline into the gaping mouth of a massive Godzilla statue.
Part of a new attraction called Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji, it officially opened in October at Nijigen no Mori, a theme park located on Awaji Island, southwest of Kobe and Osaka.
The star of the new attraction is the "life-size" Godzilla, which measures 65 feet high, 82 feet wide and 180 feet long and sits in the heart of the park.
Here's a video of guests ziplining into the belly of the beast:
As part of the attraction, visitors are invited to become members of the "National Awaji-island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" and tame the fearsome beast by completing a series of "missions."
They first watch a seven-minute movie showcasing the story behind the site and the operation.
The missions include ziplining into the mouth of the roaring (but inactive) monster and completing a shooting game where players must stop Godzilla from growing further by aiming at its cells.
If flying into the beast's belly isn't thrilling enough, there's another set of zip lines flying past the Godzilla statue. The zipline courses are about 49 feet high and 531 feet long.
A special bag is provided so visitors can take photos and videos during the ride without worrying about dropping their phones.
They can also join two Augmented Reality activities that invite gamers to solve mysteries and collect pieces of evidence around the park. Those who have cleared their mission and solved the mystery will be given a paper Godzilla institute ID card.
The new theme park addition also includes the world's first permanent Godzilla Museum.
Co-created with Toho Visual Art Co. Ltd., the team behind the special effects of Godzilla movies, the museum features about 100 exhibits with some large-scale original props and materials, including one from the first Godzilla movie released in 1954.
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