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This summer, AMAZE at W5 invites you to take part in a brand-new science fiction/ scare adventure!
Thrill seekers looking for a spine-tingling summer adventure, won’t want to miss ‘The Dark’ – a first-of-its-kind scare attraction.

For many years scientists at the Wellsian Corporation have been working to unlock the secrets of ‘The Vortex’ - an energy tunnel on the edge of reality, and the secret to travelling through time! After making an incredible scientific breakthrough, Wellsian have been sending operatives back in time in a series of successful missions and are now ready to celebrate and share their success with the world.

On the big day, emotions are high and excitement soars as 12 lucky people board the specially constructed time pod and launch into the vortex. But excitement turns to horror, as a mysterious ‘shadow’ in the vortex sends the pod plummeting back to reality, crashing out of time into the shadowy back streets of Victorian Belfast. Surviving the crash, the travelers need to find their way to safety. Unfortunately for them, the pod isn’t the only thing to have escaped the Vortex, something is lurking in the shadows, hunting them…in THE DARK!

What is The Dark?

It might sound like a movie, or a game but The Dark is a live-action, immersive experience. This whole new way of storytelling puts you at the heart of the action. Instead of sitting, passively watching a story, you actually become part of it!

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the visitor descends into ‘The Dark’ for an adrenaline-pumping live-action adventure. The experience features a unique blend of live actors, detailed sets, immersive soundscapes, lighting and special effects to create a new ‘total reality’ multisensory experience unlike anything ever seen in Northern Ireland.

Suitability for Access to The Dark 

The Dark is a total reality immersive experience and may not be suitable for everyone. Those taking part will experience total darkness, motion simulation, confined spaces, lighting effects (including strobe), loud noises, live actors, fog, scents and sudden scares.

This experience may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Parental discretion is advised.

Guests are advised not to take part if they are:

  • pregnant
  • suffer from high blood pressure,
  • have heart conditions, asthma, epilepsy or back/neck conditions
  • are blind or visually impaired
  • have mobility issues
  • are prone to motion sickness
  • are of a nervous disposition
  • have sensitivities to scent, loud noises, or flashing lights
  • are under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Some scenes may require guests to move quickly through confined spaces and to crouch or bend down.

No phones, flashlights, cameras or recording devices to be used during the experience.

Where/When does it take place? 

The Dark will take place in AMAZE, a high-tech immersive events space, located on Level 4 of W5.

Launching on Friday 29 July and running right through the summer until Sunday 4 September, there will be eight sessions daily, starting at 11am and running until 4.45pm each day. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes and has a capacity of 12 people.

How do I get tickets?
Tickets to The Dark cost £20 and can be purchased here:

Please note: The Dark is a standalone experience, and tickets must be purchased separately.
When you book to visit W5 this summer, you can avail of a £5 discount on The Dark tickets. Further information will be provided upon confirmation of your W5 booking.

Companies and groups wishing to organise multiple group bookings can contact W5 to arrange. Discounted rates may be available for block bookings.

  • When Launching on 29 July and running until 4 September
  • Where W5 Belfast
  • Price £20

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