Virtual Reality – Six Flags Adds VR to a Coaster Ride

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia is adding virtual reality as part of the mix of features found in the amusement park. This is for adrenaline junkies who are looking for more thrills in an already existing ride. This addition in the fun and excitement was brought by the partnership with technology giant, Samsung.

Virtual Reality - Six Flags Adds VR to a Coaster Ride

Virtual Reality Brings More Excitement to Six Flags Magic Mountain Thanks to Samsung

With the assistance of Samsung, virtual reality can now be enjoyed in Six Flags amusement park, more specifically with the park’s Revolution roller coaster. Therefore, the twists and turns can be felt even further, and the drops and climbs while riding the roller coaster will give riders plenty of new experiences. For instance, when you reach the peak of the ride, you will see a midair battle with space aliens.

Images found on the VR Goggles used on the ride were created with the assistance of tech company Oculus VR. These are synced with the motion of the coaster to give a more immersive experience while riding the ride.

The ride opened in 1976 and is now being upgraded to fit the modern times. There is now an area which has been updated around the roller coaster, and will now be named the New Revolution. This overhauled coaster and the VR feature will be offered sometime spring this year.

However, it is not new for an amusement park to have a VR feature and Six Flags is certainly not the first to have it. An amusement park in Germany, named Europa Park, added the feature to one of its roller coasters just last year. There is also a theme park in England that announced their plans in January of this year that they will have VR functionalities.

Even though it may not be something entirely new, Six Flags is still aiming to take advantage of the technology to bring brand new experiences to their customers. Instead of them just saying, “It was really fun!” or “The ride was intense,” (which are quite vague) riders can now describe the ride more specifically. They can tell their friends and families that they have travelled through space or went inside a submarine adventure just from riding the roller coaster. This can breed curiosity and interest, and thus more people will take advantage of the opportunity to try the ride out.

Nevertheless, this virtual reality upgrade is met with stiff competition for visitors. On April 7th of this year, Universal Studios Hollywood will open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Disneyland will be adding several new Star Wars-themed features and rides in the near future.


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