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The New Revolution Debuts on March 26 With Virtual Reality

By on 03/03/2016

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation today announced that they have partnered with Samsung Electronics of America to bring virtual reality to nine of their roller coasters across the entire chain. The ground-breaking experiences will be North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus. In partnership with Samsung, Six Flags is taking its signature brand of thrills to the next level and beyond in fully immersive, virtual riding experiences using Samsung Gear VR. Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped to allow riders wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, inverted loops and powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in an incredibly realistic 360-degree virtual reality world.

“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for—delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world. Now, people can be immersed into a totally new universe while riding a roller coaster, powered by Samsung Gear VR virtual reality devices. This transforms the modern roller coaster into a totally new, one of a kind sensorial experience – powered by technology. We are excited to work with the premier brand in theme parks to bring Samsung’s VR technology to nine Six Flags locations across the U.S.” – John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO

Six Flags and Samsung will launch the new VR Roller Coasters beginning this month and into the summer, totaling nine coasters across the U.S. On the six New Revolution Virtual Reality Coasters, riders are transported to a futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion. Riders are the co-pilots in their own fighter jets as they strap in for air-to-air combat. Taking in the view around them, riders will see other aircraft in an underground secret bunker. As the aircraft moves to a landing pad, it begins to launch its thruster engines, lifting the craft straight up through the roof. During the ascent, riders can test fire their weapons using the world’s first-ever interactive gameplay technology on a roller coaster. As riders clear the roof, they realize they are on top of a skyscraper and about to launch off the edge of the building diving straight down on the first drop of the ride. The aircraft races through the city until reaching the edge of the skyline where riders see the mother ship hovering above. The mother ship is heavily protected by drones and the mission is to get past the drones, fire on the mother ship and destroy it. This elite fighter squadron experience will make its debut on the following six roller coasters:

  • Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, opening March 10 to Season Pass Holders as a special sneak preview
  • Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia outside of Atlanta, opening March 12 to Season Pass Holders as a special sneak preview
  • The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, opening March 26 to Season Pass Holders as a special sneak preview
  • Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka
  • Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape in Lake George, New York and
  • Goliath at La Ronde in Montreal

SFMM VR Revolution Key Art

Six Flags Magic Mountain The New Revolution VR

Here’s a teaser video of what we can expect:

On Six Flags’ three new SUPERMAN Virtual Reality Coasters, once riders take their seats and fasten the headsets, they will be fully immersed in the 360-degree comic-book world of Metropolis. Guests will be taken on a leisurely (or so they think) tour of the city of Metropolis, courtesy of Lex Corp Sky Tours. Just after departing the station riders encounter Lex Luthor who uses an anti-gravity gun along with his army of Lex Bots to create chaos throughout the city with cars, taxis and buses floating in mid-air around the rider’s vehicle. As the Lexbots continue shooting at the vehicle, SUPERMAN uses heat vison to destroy the anti-gravity gun, causing all objects to suddenly fall, including the train as it takes the first giant drop of the roller coaster. Riders then soar alongside SUPERMAN as he battles the evil Lexbots through hairpin twists and turns, loops, dips and dives before ultimately defeating Lex and the Lexbots, and returning safely back into the station. This amazing adventure will debut on these Superman-branded coasters:

  • SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio
  • SUPERMAN The Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts
  • SUPERMAN Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Superman the Ride VR Key Art

I have had the pleasure of testing the Oculus Rift in a roller coaster environment, and it was amazing! You can read about my experience here. I can’t wait to try it paired to a real roller coaster:

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I think this is going to be an amazing experience. I find it interesting that Six Flags is rolling it out to so many roller coasters at once, as opposed to testing the technology first to see how well it works, if people like it, and how bad it affects ride operations. There are so many thing that could go wrong with this. If the video sequencing is out of synch with the ride, people could get sick. The electronics could fail, providing a poor ride experience. Lastly, ride waits could slow way down due to taking longer to get people setup before each launch. I’m cautiously optimistic that it will be a big hit, but time will tell. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of the idea.

If you’d like to experience The New Revolution: Virtual Reality Coaster without the massive crowds, be sure to sign up for our upcoming event Mountain Madness: Revolution’s Revenge! It’s on Sunday, June 5th and tickets are on sale now. It will include lots of Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) on Revolution, among lots of other fun stuff, so you won’t want to miss it!

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9 Comments

  1. CoDAce

    03/03/2016 at 6:09 am

    Does this mean that you can’t ride it without VR or not? I’m one who would prefer a choice like Galactica will offer. Of the rides mentioned I have two things to say;
    1. I’m SO happy that Mindbender at SFoG, my current #1 steel coaster isn’t on the list. When I was there in July of 2014 Mindbender COMPLETELY stole the show, it was one of only two rides that I rode more than once that day (had a regular Flash Pass).
    2. Why Steamin’ Demon and Ninja at St. Louis, aren’t those rides that have a reputation for being rough? Isn’t that kind of a bad combination?

  2. Adam

    03/03/2016 at 8:57 am

    On their official faq site (https://www.sixflags.com/national/special/new-2016/faq) it says it is an option which is VERY good. For Revolution i will definitely be riding it without the headset first, then riding it with.

    That should be a horrible experience with Ninja and Demon or any rough coaster for that matter unless they have a surprise with new restraints, but as long as the coaster is smooth I think this is an awesome idea and probably cost them next to nothing (the Samsung headsets are only $100). In fact if you pre order the new Galaxy S7/S7Edge Samsung is sending you a free VR headset.

    My only concern is the load time. With the addition of seatbelts, dispatch times have been pretty bad and I am assuming The New Revolution will have seatbelts. I’m asuming as well that these have to be cleaned after every rider, so I’d guess they’d be handed out in the queue line like 3D glasses are for dark rides.

  3. Steve

    03/03/2016 at 12:09 pm

    Yes speed and cleanliness would be my concern. Not sure I want to put on someone’s sweaty head set. But as far as wait time Magic Mountain doesn’t seem too concerned about for some of their other rides when they run only one train or are understaffed on food lines. With all that said if it is synced up right it could be a really neat experience and I am looking forward to trying it.

  4. Eric Mares

    03/03/2016 at 1:04 pm

    The bad thing about partnerships miss that most likely it will only last one season.

  5. Eric

    03/03/2016 at 4:35 pm

    What I wonder is how long these headsets will last before falling apart, and would you want to wear something that many people before you have worn?

    Another issue for me is that because of some vision problems I was born with, I can’t see in 3D. Would that be a problem with this? To be honest, just being able to ride Revolution once again without the Beat You Up Restraints™ would be enough for me.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. I do applaud Six Flags for giving this technology a try and hope that it works out. And despite my vision problems, I will certainly try it. This could open the door to some even better technology in the future.

  6. Matthew Amato

    03/03/2016 at 5:42 pm

    I really wish they would have done superman at magic mountain and not this alien invasion…… Hopefully they don’t make people sick or fly off the rides intentionally or unintentionally by guests.

  7. Matthew Amato

    03/03/2016 at 5:44 pm

    I really wish they would have done superman at magic mountain and not this alien invasion…… Hopefully they don’t make people sick or fly off the rides intentionally or unintentionally by guests. The video uses the full throttle trains so maybe revolutions will be like those?

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  9. Matt Kelly

    03/10/2016 at 4:27 pm

    Well I was looking forward to riding this. Now it seems the line will be very long because of the virtual reality thing. Adam I believe you are right that the load time will be awhile.

    SFMM can’t even load their regular coasters fast enough. If this train was separate and loaded on a separate track, that would be fine. But that is not a possibility.

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