Six Flags Magic Mountain introduces VR experience with the New Revolution roller coaster

by: Edgar CervantesMarch 27, 2016
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For those of us in southern California and the surrounding areas there is nothing like escaping to Six Flags Magic Mountain for a weekend. The theme park is known for its extreme rides and fun times, but today they are taking things to a whole new level by implementing VR into one of their attractions.

The New Revolution is an already existing roller coaster, but it has been improved by taking advantage of VR technology. They are using a Samsung Gear VR to transport you into a jet fight like no other in the USA.

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Those who opt in can strap on a Gear VR, powered by a flagship Samsung smartphone. And why wouldn’t you choose to experience this? Roller coasters are fun by themselves, but this is something completely out of this world.

Riders will be able to experience free-flying through an air battle that syncs with the movements of the roller coaster itself. One will then be able to look around in different angles and see what’s going on in the surroundings.

According to USA Today, the experience is rather stunning. Especially considering all your senses come into play with this virtual experience. And we know what you are thinking; what about motion sickness? Both roller coasters and VR are known for making some people sick.

While the USA Today crew said there were no issues, we are sure this changes per individual.

Interested? The New Revolution had a soft launch today for season ticket holders, but will open to the public come April 21st. As always, come prepared for long lines and sun exposure. You can be there will be plenty of people trying to join the fun.

Who’s going? I am thinking of jumping on my motorcycle and heading up there as soon as the New Revolution opens!

  • Mark Mann

    so they provide the phone, or you provide your own?

    • Andrew Grush

      They provide the phone that powers it, yes.

      • Mark Mann

        i guess they’d almost have to, huh? since not everyone has a smartphone

  • Kiliman

    My main concern is that thing flying off your head. Also, not sure I’d want to put it on after it was on somebody else’s sweaty face.

    I have the Gear VR with a S6 Edge+. I don’t know if I’d trust the clips that hold the phone would be secure enough.

    Otherwise a cool concept. I’ve watched some of the VR roller coaster clips already, and it’s definitely trippy enough to make my stomach jump, and that’s sitting stationary in my chair. So adding real motion and g-forces would certainly make for an awesome experience.