Train & Carousel Rides

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Safari Train Ride

Individual Ride Ticket (all ages)- $4

Save money and ride UNLIMITED with the Zoo Adventure Ticket!

All aboard! Take a ride on an all-time Zoo favorite! Our Safari Train is FUN for the whole family, taking visitors on a journey around the Zoo. The ride starts with a trip through Wolf Woods, then gives riders a bird’s-eye peak into the African Veldt, and finishes with a relaxing ride around Swan Lake. This is an experience you won’t want to miss!


Conservation Carousel Ride

Individual Ride Ticket (all ages)- $3

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Cheetahs, zebras, lions, and more! Our Conservation Carousel is stocked with some of the coolest animals around! Whether it’s riding on a giraffe or a critically endangered Sumatran rhino – this is FUN you can’t pass up!

4-D Experiences

4-D Special F-X Theater

Individual Experience (all ages)- $5 non-members,
$4 members, $3 Gold members

Save money and experience the 4-D FUN with the Zoo Adventure Ticket!

4-D Special F-X Theater FAQ

What is a 4-D Special F-X Theater?

Our 4-D Special FX Theater features short feature films with state-of-the-art High Definition 3-D and multisensory effects, such as wind, water, scents, special lighting, and more! Our 4-D Experiences make you feel like you are part of the film

I’m visiting the Zoo with small children. Are they too young for this experience?

Our 4-D Theater is FUN for the whole family! While we do not suggest bringing infants into this experience, kids and adults of any age will love it

Do the seats move?

Our seats, though equipped with lots of different effects, do not move.

I’m not going to be at the Zoo all day. Will I have time to visit the 4-D Theater?

Absolutely! Each experience lasts approximately 15 minutes. Our 4-D Theater is a great chance to take a seat and get out of the heat, rain, cold, or whatever else mother nature throws our way!

We’re Gold Members. How do we redeem our 4-D Theater passes?

This process is very easy! Simply take your membership card to Membership Services, the Welcome Center, or any Rides location to see how many passes you have available. If you still have passes to be redeemed, our staff will be happy to exchange them for tickets.

Are there any special deals at the 4-D Theater?

Would you like to see experience both shows? Good news! If you purchase one experience, you get the second for half-price! This includes package tickets and member-priced tickets. See ticketing agent for details.

Do we have to be on time for our show or can we go to a different one?

Due to the popularity of our 4-D Theater, we ask that all visitors attend the showtime they are scheduled for on their ticket. Should a need arise to attend another show, please see a ticketing agent at a Rides or Admissions location as soon as possible so that they can attempt to accommodate your need. Please note: there are no refunds for missed showings.

4-D Theater

4-D Experiences Showing Now:

New for HallZOOween!

The Curse of Skull Rock 4-D

© 2009 Red Star Studio

© 2009 Red Star Studio

SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue

SpongeBob 4-D

© 2015 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon. Created by Stephen Hillenburg.








Frozen Planet: The 4-D Experience

Frozen Planet

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The tyrannical Captain Scabb takes his team on a swashbuckling adventure in pursuit of the legendary treasure of Skull Rock. When plucky cabin girl Jill Hopkins realizes the lost treasure could be haunted, she stops at nothing to take the determined captain down! Survive treacherous seas and riveting sword fights to discover if the curse takes hold of this pirate ship!

Join SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy on a wildly hilarious 4-D adventure to rescue the Jellyfish of Jellyfish Fields from Plankton’s evil clutches. With eye-catching 4-D effects, guests will surf through the electrifying swarm of Jellies, get dragged into the bowels of the Flying Dutchman’s ghost ship, and even feel the rumble of the cannon as our heroes are launched on their hysterical odyssey. Hold on for the experience’s explosive finale, and leave the theater knowing exactly why SpongeBob is oceans above the rest!

Embark on the ultimate polar expedition and experience the white wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, and may never see them again. The poles may seem remote but this amazing 4-D Experience® investigates the dramatic impact rising temperatures will have not only on the people and wildlife that live there, but on the entire planet. Frozen Planet: The 4-D Experience features stunning images of these ever-changing landscapes felt beyond the polar wilderness.