Get our your black suits and ties, press that white shirt and don some bad boy sunglasses. It’s time to take on aliens again. Dreamscape in Westfield Century City has just launched a new adventure: Men in Black: First Assignment.
When Dreamscape reopened in May of this year (2021), we were invited to take a ride on a dragon. We attended the “DreamWorks Dragons: Flight Academy” and then “Alien Zoo.” How could a dragon lady refuse? “Men in Black” won’t give you guns, but you will get to meet aliens and take a ride to another planet. Your mission: Deliver a royal family back to their home planet. Unfortunately, the Octopoids want to eat them.
You won’t get any kind of space blaster, but you will get to blast things. This is a little more active than the “Alien Zoo.” You’ll walk around from one location to another in your virtual reality and get on a space chariot “hover bikes.” It’s something like being the driver for a Segway limo. You stand and drive (instead of sitting on something like a bicycle), but you also have to battle those Octopoids. There’s some piloting skills required, but not to the same level as “Flight Academy.”
“Almost 25 years after the Men in Black first saved the planet from destruction, it’s incredibly exciting to welcome a new class of elite government agents to continue the story at Dreamscape,” said Walter Parkes, co-founder and CEO of Dreamscape and executive producer of the MIB film franchise. “This experience fully immerses fans in an iconic cinematic world — making them the star of their own intergalactic adventure.”
“Location-based VR is an important part of Sony Pictures Virtual Reality’s strategy to grow our brands and expand them to new audiences,” said Jake Zim, Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Working with Dreamscape provides us with the unique opportunity to transport people into the immersive world of Men In Black and bring the magic of the franchise to longtime fans and new audiences alike.”
The biggest problem is, afterward, we wanted to eat octopus. We looked but didn’t find anything, but you can be more prepared. Try one of these restaurants:
- Toscanova. Their menu includes calamari e zucchini (insalate and antipasti) and calamari e rucola (insalatone).
- Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse has Shanghai-style fried calamari ($22).
Not everyone can board these adventures. All travelers have to be at least 48-inches tall and 10 years old. Those under 13 must have an adult with a paid ticket to sign the Dreamscape waiver for the kid. You cannot wear flip-flops or high heels. Long skirts and flared pants may also hinder your enjoyment of the adventures. There is closed captioning and wheelchair options made available on request.
Departure pods are scheduled for every 20 minutes during peak hours. You will need to check in 15 minutes before your departure time in order to sign your waiver and choose your avatar. General admission is $23.50.
Dreamscape @ Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2720
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Dreamscape is located near EATALY and Del Frisco Steak House on the 2nd floor. You may valet or self-park near the Eataly or Macy’s signs and head to the 2nd floor