Six flags just announced that they are going to be putting virtual reality headsets onto 9 coasters across their parks. Add this to alton towers new galactica ride and a few others around the world, it begs the question is virtual reality the way forward for theme park rides?
Personally I'm undecided, this is partially because I think the use of virtual reality would be really cool and would be able to give a coaster new life, but at the same time it could lead to increased motion sickness and headaches for some people.
On the other hand, some people could say that VR is a cheat for theme parks as they should be trying to make amazing immersive environments like what harry potter has done without the use of a VR headset. Albeit the harry potter rides do use 3d screens, but they are mixed with physical elements to make it see less and to an extent real, the problem with VR is that it would never feel as real as the other rides do.
Don't me wrong I am all for the use of VR headsets on rides but I feel that it is a bit of a cop out literally just to be staring at a phone screen whilst riding a ride. There is also the issue of these VR headsets being brokenness lost. The problem I think will arise is that more and more companies will start to use VR headsets in a blank show building rather than having that show building full of loads of props, physical elements, effects and 3d screens.
What are your thoughts on this issue and are you looking forward to virtual reality rides?
Also are there any rides that would benefit from having VR in the future?
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