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Six Flags Mexico


.A partnership with technology giant Samsung, has seen the Mexico City park embracing VR and Augmented Reality on its new Galactic Attack ride. Our South American correspondent, Astrid Gonzalez Narino, explains more…


Morelos. In this way, Mexico will consolidate its position, with Brazil,


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as the leader of aquatic parks in Latin America. A few weeks ago in Mexico City, Six Flags opened a new


attraction called Galactic Attack: The New Revolution, a roller coaster with virtual reality, through an agreement with Samsung, its official technology partner. In 2016, the two companies introduced the first virtual reality


roller coaster in North America, in which they used Gear VR (Powered by Oculus) viewfinders, but this time they have created a roller coaster that combines augmented reality and virtual reality. Galactic Attack creates an immersive journey as they engage in a battle to save the planet from an invasion of alien drones.


Claudia Contreras, marketing director of Samsung in


Mexico, said: "This inauguration is proof of the scope that virtual reality and augmented reality have in our lives”. She said that they are “the expression of creativity and


innovation” and added that the use of tools like Gear VR will increase to offer new and better experiences through technology.” From the moment in which passengers board the attraction and the viewfinders are placed on their heads, they


ix Flags is very active in 2017, especially in Mexico. The plans are focused mainly on the capital of the country and the city of Oaxtepec, in the state of


experience augmented reality that allows them to observe their real environment, which includes the person sitting next to them. Virtual reality is then incorporated by the headset, through which they can receive data about the state of their armament, time codes, fuel cells and a countdown timer. Then, ascending on the Medusa Steel Coast roller coaster, a big whirlwind appears in the middle of which will emerge extraterrestrial ships that shoot missiles and laser beams. Visitors will continue their journey between narrow labyrinths, in which the drones and their artillery must dodge. After an intense tour, the participants are taken to a bay, where a surprise end awaits them. Galactic Attack is not the only novelty offered by Six Flags


Mexico this season. It is also staging, until 30th April, the famous Carnival Mardi Gras, originally from New Orleans, in the United States, which usually begins pre- Easter. The celebration that takes place in the Six Flags of the


Mexican capital is a replica of the original, where the purpose is to participate in a party that begins with a parade in which the traditional characters throw green, gold and purple necklaces, as well as chocolate coins to the hundreds of attendees who congregate around. The parade includes eight beautifully decorated and hand-


carved carriages made by Kern Studios. The cars, more than six metres high, show different themes, among them the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. They are accompanied by zanqueros and dancers who evoke the traditional spirit of New Orleans. Another attraction is the Cajun gastronomy festiva, which includes dishes such as "jambalaya" inspired by the original Mardi Gras, Funel Cake, themed apples and Bananas Foster. This year is the first time the company has performed the Mardi Gras carnival in Mexico as well as in San Antonio,


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