MONTREAL, March 4, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - La Ronde, Quebec's only destination for thrills and family entertainment, is once again leading the way in innovation and cutting-edge technology as it announced Canada's first dedicated Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster free with park admission. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, La Ronde is taking its signature brand of thrills to the next level and beyond in a fully immersive, virtual riding experience, provided at no extra charge to guests.
When boarding the hyper-coaster Goliath in 2016, riders will be invited to wear wireless VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in a remarkably realistic 360-degree virtual reality world. Welcome to the future…This Changes Everything!
On New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster, riders will be transported to a futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion. They 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. The aircraft is then quickly connected to a tow vehicle that pulls them to a landing pad where the aircraft begins to launch its thruster engines, lifting the craft straight up through the roof. 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, penetrate the mother ship and destroy it.
"The remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything La Ronde stands for," said Phil Liggett, President of La Ronde. "We are excited and proud to offer our guests something they have never encountered before—their first-ever virtual experience on a roller coaster. It is going to blow their minds!"
This free attraction comes as an addition to three new adventures in 2016. For a limited time this season, fans from around the world will have the chance to experience Vampire Backwards. The journey will begin with a 32 meter climb to the top of the lift hill. Next, riders will soar beneath the track through five daunting inversions turning at speeds of up to 80 km/h per hour….backwards.
Avenue Aventure makes its park debut in 2016, providing fun and thrills for the entire family. The area will feature two new innovative rides. Phoenix, a flying scooter ride that puts guests in control as they soar against the wind and Gravitor, a fun adventure that lifts guests high above the ground!
With more than 40 rides and attractions, including 7 roller coasters and Le Pays de Ribambelle, an area completely dedicated to younger guests, La Ronde provides fun and thrills at great value for guests of all ages. The addition in 2015 of Maison Rouge plus New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster, the arrival of Vampire Backwards and two new rides in Avenue Aventure in 2016 underscores Six Flags' commitment to provide exciting new offerings in every park ever year.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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