Cremation simulation: Theme park in China offers 'death ride'

"It was horrifying," one rider said of the attraction, which is designed to give "an authentic experience of burning."

By Doug G. Ware

SHENZHEN, China, May 9 (UPI) -- Forget about thrill rides. How about a shrill ride?

The Window of the World theme park in China has a new attraction that some are just dying to ride.


It's called Samadhi: 4D Experience of Death, and it's designed to give riders the sensation of being dead, cremated, and reborn.

First, the visitor goes on a journey through a "morgue." Next, they are placed in a casket and put on a conveyor belt for "cremation" -- which is simulated by a sudden blast of hot air over the rider to simulate flames. The air reaches temperatures up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

The attraction also uses flashes of light to give the rider "an authentic experience of burning."

Finally, an image of a womb is projected onto the ceiling and riders must crawl until they reach a white, padded room -- where they are "reborn."

Sound fun?

The ride's creators went to great lengths to make the experience as accurate as possible by visiting a real crematorium and lying inside the incinerator.

Window of the World is a cultural theme park instead of a regular amusement park. Other attractions featured there include replicas of France's Eiffel Tower and its Arc de Triomphe.


When many riders reach the end of the experience they are said to be drenched in sweat. Whether that's a result of the heat -- or being scared to death, is uncertain.

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