Two dozen virtual reality coasters are going to be spread across the world this summer, preparing to take all kinds of riders on a journey through a digital universe.
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As of right now, theme parts in North America, Asia, and Europe will have coasters with VR headsets that will put riders in different situations, including on the back of a fire-breathing dragon, in a fighter jet, or aboard a rocket ship.
Six Flags is leading the movement, and will add VR headsets to nine aging coasters, including three Superman themed coasters at Six Flags theme parks in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Texas. This one will allow riders to fly alongside Superman as he battles against Lex Luthor in the comic book world of Metropolis. The coasters will avoid flying debris from the fight.
Six Flag Magic Mountain in Valencia will also get VR, and the riders will be in the middle of a futuristic battle with aliens. They will even be able to fire at the aliens with a button on the side of the headset. Season pass holders will be able to start seeing "technical rehearsals" of the coast on March 26.
According to the LA Times the other coasts that will get the alien invasion include: Shockwave at Six Flags Over Texas, Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia, Ninja at Six Flags Over St. Louis, Steamin’ Demon at New York’s Great Escape and Goliath at Canada’s La Ronde.
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Other coasters that are set to the get the VR headsets are: Thunder Run at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park, two coasters at Cedar Fair, Alton Towers in the United Kingdom, and Space Fantasy at Universal Studios, Japan. German is also set to get 9 coasters in the coming year, including a Sonic the Hedgehog VR.