Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which owns and operates fourteen amusement parks in the midwest and California, has announced plans to bring virtual reality to its slushy slurping customers. And those plans involve making a virtual space in the most famous roller coaster-centric park in America, perhaps the world.
This isn’t a new carnival trick, mind you. Attractions purporting to be VR roller coasters have been around for some time. But most of these attractions have consisted of little more than rumble seats installed in theaters showing 3D movies. That’s fun, but it isn’t really virtual anything.
At Cedar Point, Cedar Fair wants to go one step further and test VR capabilities on an existing coaster, which makes the possibilities actually mind-blowing. Imagine how disorienting it would feel to see a coaster going one way but actually feeling it go another way? The visuals could also be changed regularly so no ride will ever be the same.