In a recent post we talked about how 2016 is the year of Virtual Reality… but VR is not just confined to your home.
Alton Towers is one of the UKs leading theme parks. They have announced that their new attraction opening in April will be a virtual reality roller-coaster. When they say that, they don’t mean you’ll be viewing a roller-coaster while seated in a large auditorium scoffing down popcorn – you will actually be on a roller-coaster while wearing a VR headset!
Galactica is the UKs first Virtual Reality Roller-Coaster and rebrands the former coaster ‘Air’. Passengers lie down, strap in and attach their VR headsets. As their bodies fly through the air, their eyes will be soaring through space.
“Each rider wears a specialist VR headset. Through this, an onboard artificial intelligence guides them from the launch pad up into space, flying and looping beyond the stars, banking through wormholes and speeding across undiscovered galaxies, revealing the wonders of the cosmos in stunning clarity.”
Let that sink in a while…
VR has improved so much that a user can already get the feeling of being transported somewhere without even leaving the ground. Galactica will actually lift you up and simulate you navigating through the stars as the headsets perfectly syncs what’s happening on screen with what’s really happening to your body.
The G-force passengers can expect is up to 3.5gs, which is more than real astronauts typically feel when they blast off in to space.
Alton Towers Marketing Director Gill Riley said: “There is nowhere else in the world that people can experience the feeling of a flying roller-coaster combined with soaring through the universe. For two minutes, our guests will be transported into space and we believe Galactica showcases the future for theme parks around the world – it’s a complete game changer!”
GALACTICA IN NUMBERS
Total Gforce: 3.5 Gs
Track length: 840 metres
Height of drop: 20 metres
Ride duration: 189 seconds
Maximum speed: 75km per hour
Capacity per car: 28 passengers
Capacity per hour: 1500 passengers