One such big player is UK amusement park Alton Towers, which will launch the world’s first virtual reality rollercoaster in April 2016.
The World's First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
The World's First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster will be launching at Alton Towers in April 2016
Alton Towers VR Launch
The evocatively named Galactica will combine the traditional experience of being projected around a roller coaster track with the less familiar sensation of soaring into space. Passengers onboard Galactica will adorn VR headsets and be strapped in for a ride quite unlike anything else currently available to thrill-seekers… unless you happen to be an astronaut on your way to the International Space Station. On the announcement, marketing director for Alton Towers Gill Riley said
"Tim Peake captured the imagination of millions of Brits last year when he set off on his mission to the International Space Station -- and now our visitors can become astronauts too,"
“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.
Check out the video below which will give you some sense of what to expect along the 840m track.
We wonder what other household names will be dipping their toe into the waters of VR in the coming years?
Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.