See virtual reality coaster that will debut at Six Flags Fright Fest
JACKSON — Imagine being a pilot and battling evil gargoyles as they attack before you land safely in New Jersey. That's part of what riders will experience on Rage of the Gargoyles, a virtual reality roller coaster that will debut at Six Flags Great Adventure during this fall's Fright Fest.
The new one-of-a-kind coaster will be located on Skull Mountain, Great Adventure's indoor, in-the-dark ride, which celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year, according to a statement from the theme park.
Once seated, passengers on Rage of the Gargoyles will wear "Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets" to battle demons as they fly at the coaster from all directions.
“Rage of the Gargoyles amps up the fear factor to a level only Fright Fest can deliver,” John Fitzgerald, park president said.
There's no touchpads or buttons, according to Fitzgerald. Instead, riders wearing the gear will be able to lock on and fire at moving targets just through head movement. While they're viewing the high-definition imagery through the headsets, passengers will be twisting, turning and plunging in the dark on 1,377 feet on track, according to the theme park.
"Riders will immediately become fighter jet pilots battling against terrorizing, blood-thirsty gargoyles. Surrounded by 360-degrees of sheer chaos, it is up to the riders to save humanity. Diving and swerving through devastated city streets, this epic conflict reaches a fever pitch as the pilot must attack the vicious master gargoyle – and the surprise ending will leave riders speechless," Great Adventure said in a statement Tuesday.
When Rage of the Gargoyles debuts during Fright Fest on Sept. 24, it will be open on select days through Nov. 13 exclusively to season pass holders, active members, those who have passes for haunted maze and anyone who owns a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note7.
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