March 8, 2016
SIX FLAGS GOES VIRTUAL REALITY
// PASTE MAGAZINE
What is a virtual reality rollercoaster? Does it mean the ride exists? This year at Six Flags, virtual reality rides will elevate the typical coaster experience.
Partnering with Samsung, Six Flags is taking its thrills beyond the loops and screams, transforming it into fully immersive, virtual reality environment. Just board one of the newly integrated VR coasters, put on the Samsung’s headset and let the journey begin. During the ride, instead of views of the Six Flags panorama or the long-haired girl in the cart in front of you, the VR adventure perfectly pairs with the ride’s slopes and spins and takes thrill seekers on a completely different journey.
“Now, people can be immersed into a totally new universe while riding a roller coaster, powered by Samsung Gear VR virtual reality devices. This transforms the modern roller coaster into a totally new, one of a kind sensorial experience – powered by technology,” said Marc Mathieu, chief marketing officer at Samsung Electronics America.
For now, the VR rides will only be added to select rides. The “New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster,” which takes riders on a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion, will debut at:
● “Shock Wave” at Six Flags Over Texas
● “Dare Devil Dive” at Six Flags Over Georgia
● “The New Revolution” at Six Flags Magic Mountain (near Los Angeles)
● “Ninja” at Six Flags St. Louis
● “Steamin’ Demon” at The Great Escape in Lake George, New York
● “Goliath” at La Ronde in Montreal
And the “Superman virtual reality,” in which riders will fend off Lex Luthor in the comic-book world of Metropolis, will premier at the Superman-branded coasters:
● “Superman Krypton Coaster” at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
● “Superman The Ride” at Six Flags New England
● “Superman Ride of Steel” at Six Flags America in Maryland.
Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.