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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:55 pm
by anonymouscactus
Knott's Berry Farm has sent us a press release announcing the debut of a new free-roaming, virtual reality experience in the park's Boardwalk Arcade!

Knott's Berry Farm and VRstudios Unveil Details of "VR Showdown In Ghost Town" - The First Permanent Free-Roaming, Virtual Reality Experience at a U.S. Theme Park

Knott’s Berry Farm, its parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment and VRstudios announced today the details of the first permanent installation of a free-roaming, multi-player VR experience in a U.S. theme park, which will be located inside the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk Arcade. A new custom and industry first virtual reality (VR) experience, “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” will make its debut in April, and is exclusively available at Knott’s Berry Farm.

The immersive and interactive VR attraction will invite guests to embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town.

The one-of-a-kind immersive experience perfectly combines virtual reality and a competitive gaming realm that will captivate guests. Armed with state-of-the-art wireless virtual reality headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. At the end of the VR competition, guests will be able to view and compare scores with their fellow opponents.
“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain our guests,” said Christian Dieckmann, Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth. “By using a free-roaming system, we can take full advantage of the capabilities of VR and let our guests be the stars of the show. A 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.”

“VR Showdown in Ghost Town” is one of the many exciting new experiences coming to Knott’s in 2017 and will be available to guests at an introductory price of $6.00, in addition to park admission.

For further updates and park information please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smartphone. Join the conversation about the new virtual reality experience using the hashtag #VRShowdownInGhostTown on the Knott’s Facebook or Twitter page.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:04 pm
by coasterbill
So am I correct in assuming that by "free-roaming" there will now be people with phones strapped to their faces running around main guest midways in Ghost Town shooting invisible robots and dodging invisible bullets? :lol:

I can honestly appreciate this technology and it sounds like fun, but I'd never play it because of the knowledge that everyone who participates in this is guaranteed to look like a complete douche tool in the eyes of all the other people in Ghost Town.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:21 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
That's how I read it. I love Knott's to death, but this idea is just dumb.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:13 pm
by larrygator
I really like the idea, except for the part about it being out in the open. I would be more likely to try this inside a building/arena than laser tag.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:31 pm
by anonymouscactus
It says it's out in the open but I don't think that means the midways, just an open air room / arena so to speak. I could be wrong. I havnt been to Knott's in 9 years so I have no idea what real estate they have available.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:32 pm
by coasterbill
larrygator wrote:I would be more likely to try this inside a building/arena than laser tag.


I agree completely. While I'm not a gamer and don't follow this type of thing very closely, I love the concept of augmented reality. This sounds amazing if it's done in the right environment.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:43 pm
by Lameformer
anonymouscactus wrote:Knott's Berry Farm, its parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment and VRstudios announced today the details of the first permanent installation of a free-roaming, multi-player VR experience in a U.S. theme park, which will be located inside the Knott's Berry Farm Boardwalk Arcade.


I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that that indicates that the VR room will replace the Lazer Tag room (just to clear it up for some people).

I still think its a weird idea though. I know that it's probably going to be a large space, but running into people and walls seems very plausible.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:51 pm
by CaptainUnknown
Unless this will be like the mixed reality that Six Flags is marketing this year, I hope it'll be in a laser tag-esque arena like Larry said. Otherwise, all I see is this happening.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:20 pm
by joelwee
CaptainUnknown wrote:Unless this will be like the mixed reality that Six Flags is marketing this year, I hope it'll be in a laser tag-esque arena like Larry said. Otherwise, all I see is this happening.

Or this:

I think this is a better application of VR than putting it on roller coasters and drop rides.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:07 pm
by SoCalJasonland
Here are all of the items in the Knott's Memorabilia Auction at the end of the month. It looks like you can bid on the items online.

www.pe.com/articles/knott-827084-farm-items.html

https://comics.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=52+793+794+791+1893+792+2088+4294944574&ic5=CatalogHome-ActionArea-BrowseAll-071515

Some of the larger items and artwork will be available for viewing two days before the live auction. Viewing times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 29 for Knott’s season ticketholders; and the same times on March 30, free, for the general public.

Viewings will take place at the barn that once housed Bud Hurlbut’s Amusement Company near the farm. (Hurlbut designed and built many of the famous rides at Knott’s.) There will be free parking for the viewing in the Knott’s north parking lot, 7621 La Palma Ave., in Buena Park. Then follow the signs for a short walk to the barn.

Details on the live auction, including photos and descriptions of all lots available for bidding, can be found on Heritage’s website at ha.com; type “Knott’s” in the search function.

Anyone interested in bidding can register in advance at the Heritage Auctions website, though registration also will take place the day of the auction at Knott’s. In addition, proxy bidding on all items will take place in the 24 hours before the start of the live auction.