[You will never, ever find me on this intense presence-evoking ride. The story below is from NJ.com, where it features a photo gallery and a 0:45 minute video; for more information see the Six Flags press release mentioned in the story as well as another one with information about other Six Flags VR rides. –Matthew]
Six Flags announces new ‘extreme’ option for world-record ride
By Rob Spahr | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
April 20, 2017
JACKSON – Thrill seekers will soon have the opportunity to test their nerves even more on the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride at Six Flags Great Adventure.
The theme park announced on Thursday morning that for a limited time, beginning on May 5, guests will have the opportunity to ride Zumanjaro wearing fully integrated virtual reality headsets.
While they are being buckled into the ride’s floorless seats, riders over the age of 13 will have the option to strap on Samsung Gear VR headsets to wear as they plunge 41 stories at speeds of up to 90 mph.
The new ride experience, called Drop of Doom VR, will transport guests into a 360-degree virtual world where they become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders.
The VR headgear transforms Zumanjaro’s 41 actual stories into 100 virtual stories, as the riders teeter on the edge of a helicopter high above city skyscrapers that are being attacked by the spiders.
Following a gun battle against a giant arachnid, that virtually spews baby spiders all over the rider, the ride takes a 10-second plunge straight down between the skyscrapers.
“As the leader in innovation, Six Flags launched the very first VR coaster experiences. Now, we are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides,” Six Flags Great Adventure President Neal Thurman said in a release. “Drop of Doom VR plays upon two of our greatest fears – extreme heights and spiders – and delivers an entirely new thrill for the spring 2017 season.”
The Drop of Doom virtual reality experience will only be available for a limited time for riders who are at least 48-inches tall and 13 years old. Riders who meet the height requirement, but are not at least 13 years old will still be able to ride Zumanjaro, just without the virtual reality headgear.
For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.