As if back-to-back loops aren’t thrilling enough, Six Flags and Samsung Electronics unveiled new virtual reality roller coasters on Thursday.
The technology will allow riders to wear Samsung virtual reality headsets, immersing the rider in an alien space fight or a superhero battle, while on a roller coaster at a Six Flags theme park. The Grand Prairie-based amusement park company plans to use the technology on nine roller coasters at various parks around the country.
“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,” Six Flags chief executive John Duffey said in a statement.
At Six Flags Over Texas, riders will have the option of using the virtual reality gear on the double-loop Shockwave roller coaster. Riders will become co-pilots in fighter jets trying to stave off an alien invasion of Earth in the virtual reality world. Season pass holders will get a sneak preview of the new technology during spring break, when the park has extended hours, from March 10-March 20. The virtual reality coaster is scheduled to open to the general public on March 26.
The same alien battle will be featured on coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags St. Louis, The Great Escape in New York and La Ronde in Montreal.
For three of its Superman-themed coasters, the virtual reality gear will immerse riders in a fight against Lex Luthor as he creates chaos in Metropolis. This version of the virtual reality program will be installed at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags New England and Six Flags America in Maryland.