I got to visit Westworld and I’m still reeling – CNET

Welcome, visitor

“In Westworld, there are no safe words.” Beware that what you experience here may alter your description of reality for forever. 

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Life without limits

“Westworld: The Experience” allows Comic-Con attendees the chance to pretend they’re actually taking a trip to the futuristic theme park depicted in the hit HBO show.

If you’re at Comic-Con and want to schedule your own appointment, head to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel early each morning.

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Welcome to Westworld

Welcome to Delos’ Westworld, where all your dreams are made real; a futuristic theme park full of realistic robot hosts. What could go wrong? Uhh…

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Doesn’t look like anything to me

From what we’ve seen of what can happen to Delos employees, we’ll leave this door closed, thank you.

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Dream a little dream

We’re sure the hosts won’t let anything go wrong with the park. 

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Costume change

Suit up (you don’t really get to do this at the show, sadly) and head into the adult playground of Westworld. 

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Weapons galore

Which gun, holster, weapon speaks to you?

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Decisions, decisions

You’re encouraged to ogle and make a choice before your personality assessment. 

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Hello all

The clothing of old friends graces the waiting room. Never realized Maeve’s skirt was so short.

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Department directory

Headed for wardrobe? The salon? The armory? 

We know Delos is likely huge, and all are vital parts of a Westworld experience. But here, we’re bound straight for intake and Guest Services. Your Westworld vacation is about to begin.

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Howdy, pardner

Entering a different world. Our host guided us toward our personality assessment and a new experience.

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Heads will roll

Does that look a little like Dolores?

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Heady experience

Westworld has many possible looks for its hosts. Don’t worry, at the end of this hallway, all of your hopes and dreams are about to become reality.

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Behind the SW door (Samurai World?) were intense sounds of sword fighting, grunts and strikes. It was passed off as research and development, but I would be willing to risk loss of limb to see in there. 

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How can we help?

The guest services personnel helped me find what I was seeking from the park, and whether I was a white hat hero or a black hat extraordinaire. 

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White hat

My biggest fear has been confirmed: Deep down I’m a white hat. (That’s not actually me, but you get the idea.)

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Don’t shoot

Again, not me but love the hat. (When you go through the experience, you get to keep the genuine cowboy hat!)

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What’s this?

A poorly lit corridor leads us to our first adventure.

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Mariposa Saloon

Sadly, Maeve was not working.

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Cocktail hour?

After the hat sorting hat, my compadres and I met up in the Saloon for some period-appropriate drinks and some good conversation. 

Black hats and white hats mingled without any altercations (surprisingly). 

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Thank you, sir

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Haunting sounds

A blood-spattered piano played in the background as we ignored the feeling that danger was headed our way and lived without limits. 

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Would you like an experience?

A friendly Madame hung around the group as we worked our way through some delicious drinks. 

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Adios, partner

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