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#1 29yrswithaGApass

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:00 AM

 

 

World’s Tallest and Fastest Drop Ride to Debut

Extreme VR Experience at Six Flags Great Adventure

in Partnership with Samsung

 

Opens May 5 with Spider-Infested Virtual Reality Experience

 

JACKSON, N.J. ─ April 20, 2017─ Six Flags Great Adventure, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” today announced an all-new, extreme virtual reality experience coming to the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride beginning May 5. Thrill-seekers will use Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus to battle giant, mutant spiders while they plunge 41 stories at speeds up to 90 mph on Drop of Doom VR, a fully-integrated virtual reality (VR) experience on Zumanjaro.

 

“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,” said Neal Thurman, park president. “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.”

 

While anxious riders buckle into their floorless seats and strap on their VR headsets, they are transported into a 360-degree virtual world where they become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:

 

  • High speed, vertical ascent up 41 actual stories that transforms into 100 virtual stories while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
  • A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
  • A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
  • A thrilling 10-second fiery plunge straight down at speeds up to 90 mph between towering skyscrapers;
  • The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.

 

For a limited time only, guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission. Riders must be at least 48” tall to ride Drop of Doom VR, and at least 13 years old to experience Samsung Gear VR.

 

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

 

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom atnews.samsung.com.

 

Riders must be at least 13 years of age to wear Samsung Gear VR.

Guests must be at least 48” tall to ride Zumanjaro with a maximum height of 77”.

Guests under the age of 13 who meet the height requirement, and day visitors who do not meet the exclusive requirements for this event, can ride Zumanjaro without VR headsets.

 

 

Source:  Six Flags Great Adventure

 

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#2 29yrswithaGApass

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:38 AM

Season Pass and Membership ticket holders can get a sneak preview of the ride during opening weekend May 5 to 7 from 10:30 to 3pm each day. Day ticket visitors are invited to ride those days from 3pm until closing.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:26 AM

It's optional, right? Not a fan of this new VR fad, and I hate spiders.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:45 AM

Last picture looks alot like Starship Troopers.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

It's optional, right? Not a fan of this new VR fad, and I hate spiders.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

Excellent to hear. Didn't want to have to miss out on one of the best rides in the park.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:58 PM

I'll be passing on the VR, just looking at the spiders in those promo pics was scary enough for me.  I love Zumanjaro though and will still ride without it.

 

On the plus side, if the VR slows down Zumanjaro's operations, maybe Kingda Ka's line will move more quickly.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:42 PM

It's a cool idea. I just prefer the view at the top.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:16 PM

Next up, VR Safari (for the animals)!



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:11 PM

I just played that several times. Keeps getting better. My favorite video of the week. Thx Harry.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 06:52 AM

That was actually a really good advertisement, but I prefer not to have VR on rides



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 08:12 PM

Next up, VR Safari (for the animals)!

That would make me go to the park more. That was the highlight of my day.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:36 PM

excellent commercial


next planned trip: Sunday, April 30


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Posted Yesterday, 05:18 PM

That is one perfectly executed product positioning, requiring not one word of explanation... At least for anyone with half a brain.
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