NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experience

New York-New York's famous coaster gets a virtual facelift!
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NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experience

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:27 am

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino has announced that The Big Apple Coaster (formerly known as Manhattan Express) will launch a new virtual reality experience next month!

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Fasten your safety belts and prepare for liftoff! New York-New York Hotel & Casino will take attraction rides to new levels when The Big Apple Coaster Virtual Reality Experience debuts February 7. The first of its kind in Las Vegas, this white-knuckle ride high above The Strip will combine thrill-seekers’ need for speed with advanced, immersive graphics, resulting in a 4D experience that’s out of this world.

The first virtual reality ride to incorporate popular current landmarks into its creative visuals, the ride combines real G forces, drops and the high speed of The Big Apple Coaster to create an unforgettable experience.

The adventure begins as riders are equipped with virtual reality headsets, and they take on the role of a scientist in hot pursuit of an alien that escaped their research facility. The chase soars high above the Nevada desert and up the Las Vegas Strip, all virtually, of course.

“The Big Apple Coaster has provided heart-racing excitement to millions of visitors,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, president and chief operating officer of New York-New York. “Combining leading-edge technology with the thrill of our coaster overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, we are now able to offer visitors an experience that is new, adrenaline-inducing and something you can only find at New York-New York.”

This new experience was designed by VR Coaster®, the world’s leading creator of virtual reality enhancements on thrill rides. The coaster’s passenger trains are equipped with sensors that use wireless connectivity to precisely synchronize the virtual reality creative visuals with the real ride. This advanced, lightweight technology was developed to withstand the ups, downs, dives and loops of a roller coaster without losing connection to the virtual reality headsets. The experience utilizes VR Coaster’s unique graphic system, “Hybrid VR,” to deliver 3D footage in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second for high-quality visuals and a more immersive ride.

Thomas Wagner, co-founder and managing partner of VR Coaster, said, “We’re very proud to have had the opportunity to work on such an iconic attraction. The creative freedom New York-New York gave us on all aspects of the ride, from storyboards to the final virtual reality application, was invaluable. Our most exciting accomplishment with this experience was the fact that we had never before incorporated three completely different environments into a single ride… the research facility, the desert and The Strip… each with its own creative and technical challenges.”

Measuring 4,777 ft. in track length, The Big Apple Coaster is the longest roller coaster in the world equipped with virtual reality. The coaster also is the world’s first to feature a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver. This, along with loops, negative Gs and top speed of 67 mph, gives guests a thrilling Las Vegas Strip experience.

Murphey said, “We are thrilled our partnership with VR Coaster allowed us to bring this new, exciting opportunity to New York-New York, and we couldn’t be happier with the relationship or results. And for guests who adore The Big Apple Coaster just the way it is, or aren’t quite ready for the virtual reality option, never fear. You can still enjoy the experience just the way you want it.”

Tickets are $20 for The Big Apple Coaster Virtual Reality Experience and $15 to ride the roller coaster the traditional way. All passengers must be at least 54” to ride and a minimum of 13 years old to ride with virtual reality.

For more information, call (702) 740-6616 or visit mgmresorts.com/nyny.
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby PhantomNick » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:34 am

Ahhh, gotta love their efforts to try polishing a giant turd!! :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao:

They'll probably jack the price up now too! "Now you can experience VR on one of the worst coasters in America!! Saddle up for the low price of only $40 per ride!! Payment plans available!" ;)
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby fraroc » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:37 am

Experience the feeling of being repeatedly punched in the side of the head by Eddie Hall, Only on Manhattan Express: Virtual Reality Edition!

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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby coneyislandchris » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:37 am

PhantomNick wrote:Ahhh, gotta love their efforts to try polishing a giant turd!! :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao:

They'll probably jack the price up now too! "Now you can experience VR on one of the worst coasters in America!! Saddle up for the low price of only $40 per ride!! Payment plans available!" ;)

Well, it does literally say at the bottom of the press release that a ride will be $20 with VR and $15 without. You're not wrong, just off by a factor of 2. :lol:
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby PhantomNick » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:40 am

coneyislandchris wrote:
PhantomNick wrote:Ahhh, gotta love their efforts to try polishing a giant turd!! :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao:

They'll probably jack the price up now too! "Now you can experience VR on one of the worst coasters in America!! Saddle up for the low price of only $40 per ride!! Payment plans available!" ;)

Well, it does literally say at the bottom of the press release that a ride will be $20 with VR and $15 without. You're not wrong, just off by a factor of 2. :lol:


Ha, totally glazed over that! :lol: My bad.....reading, it's fundamental!!
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby prozach626 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:40 pm

Because in this current generation, having a coaster fly by a neat themed city while directly on the Vegas Strip isn't quite enough?

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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:42 pm

Because this is definitely the coaster I don't want to be able to see what's coming to brace accordingly... :?r

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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby chickenbowl » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:01 pm

SharkTums wrote:Because this is definitely the coaster I don't want to be able to see what's coming to brace accordingly... :?r


That was my first thought too! I think VR and hard OTSRs is borderline dangerous.
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby Mrlittle » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:13 pm

Just no. Not on this coaster.
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Re: NEWS: The Big Apple Coaster adding a VR Coaster experien

Postby cfc » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:33 pm

I've never ridden this coaster. However, from what I've heard, the VR should feature a gang of casino security goons beating the living hell out of you to match the actual ride experience.
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