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Ghost Town Park World can reveal a little more about the free-roaming virtual reality (VR) experience debuting next month (April) at Knott's Berry Farm outside Los Angeles, California.


Located inside the park's Boardwalk Arcade, VR Showdown in Ghost Town


will transport Knott's guests to a futuristic version of the western town of Calico, which they must defend themselves from various robotic creations. Armed with wireless VR headsets and blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights as part of this immersive adventure, whilst striving toward shared team goals. The new interactive attraction is the result of a collaboration between Knott’s parent company, Cedar Fair, and VRstudios. “We are always looking for


new and exciting ways to entertain our guests,” confirms Christian Dieckmann, Cedar Fair’s vice-president of strategic growth. 'The majority of people have not yet experienced VR, and we anticipate there will be a lot of interest from guests to have their first taste at our park. By using a free-roaming system, we can take full advantage of the capabilities of VR and let guests be the stars of the show.”


Knott's VR Showdown in


Drop of Doom VR Six Flags extends virtual reality to tower rides


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orth America's first virtual reality drop tower experience has opened at Six Flags Over Georgia. Unveiled on March 11 as part of the Atlanta park's 50th anniversary celebrations, Drop of Doom VR offers riders a thrilling


encounter with giant mutant spiders as they ride the Arcophobia (Intamin Gyro Tilt) tower wearing Samsing Gear headsets. This intense ride film, availale for a limited


time only, takes passengers on a virtual 100- storey ascent while teetering off the edge of a helicopter. At the top, there is a 360° view above skyscrapers under siege by enormous spiders. A high-intensity gun battle erupts against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body before they plunge down between the buildings and a final showdown with a spider the size of a van! “We continue to explore new opportunities utilising Samsung Gear VR technology and this drop tower concept is a great example of the ability to change content for different rides,” explains Six Flags Atlanta president Dale Kaetzel.


Six Flags plans to roll out VR content to


further tower rides over the coming months, including Zumajaro (by Intamin) at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Giant Drop (also by Intamin) at Six Flags Great America near Chicago, plus S&S towers at La Ronde near Montreal, The Great Escape in New York state and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The regional park operator is also


introducing new Galatic Attack VR content this season on rollercoasters at Six Flags Mexico, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags America, Six Flags New England and Six Flags St Louis.


Six Flags Over Atlanta’s Arcophobia tower ride and (below) what guests will see


when riding with VR


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