Six Flags Adding Virtual Reality To Roller Coasters

Don’t get sufficiently nauseated from the ups, downs, turns, and loops of riding a roller coaster? Then plan a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is tacking on a virtual reality aspect to one of its coasters.

Six Flags announced Thursday that it has partnered with Samsung to equip riders of its recently revamped New Revolution roller coaster with VR headsets to provide a unique experience.

Under the program, the VR headsets will show a space alien battle that is synched with the twists and turns of the roller coaster ride.

“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world,” John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO, said in a statement.

A version of the Revolution’s VR element, which is expected to be ready for visitor use this spring, will eventually be added to other roller coaster rides at nine Six Flags parks around the country.

Over time, Six Flags says it will change the VR images so that repeat riders don’t see the same scene each time.

“They can change the story to have aliens or it can take place in a submarine,” Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, tells the Los Angeles Times. “They can change it annually — just rewrite the software rather than spend $25 million for a new coaster.”

[via The Los Angeles Times]

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