OK so last night we got a short preview of 'The New Revolution VR Coaster' (Shockwave) before the park closed and I must admit it was pretty effing fun.
Due to weather concerns media was moved to this Monday so we will have all of the photos and video at that time. But weather permitting this weekend SP Holders can obtain a ride time at the ride entry and check it out themselves.
Patience will be needed as they are still working out their procedure and any kinks (thanks rainy weather!) but their process to load seems like it will be solid and I don't foresee it adding much if any time to dispatch once it's ready to come out of preview mode.
Due to the re-scheduled media event on Monday, March 14th, the ride will not be available for SP Holder Preview until sometime after 2pm.
I went to the park this morning and got a ride in on Shock Wave. Overall I was impressed. The headset adds something that's hard to put your finger on, but it made every drop and turn seem way more intense than what I was expecting. I highly recommend trying it.
Backstage area, but the pic was taken from a public path. If he panned up and to the left, you would see the top of Shockwave's lift. The road goes around the back of the amphitheater to the park's ice plant and eventually dumps out by the warehouse and maintenance shops.
Gotta give a shout out to SFOT. The new entrance process was MUCH better yesterday. It was a fairly busy day and getting into the park was a breeze. The park looks good as there is some new paint, etc. More is needed but at least things are headed in the right direction. Every line at the Park was long yesterday. Business looked pretty good- and not many Buses either. Other than some nasty streets- the Park is looking nice.
I felt like the new entrance procedure was much easier too. Not sure if it's because it was staffed at high amounts or what, but it seemed faster. Maybe waiting in 2 smaller separated lines just feels better than waiting in 1 long one?
Today was media preview for The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster on Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas!
I realize a lot of you might be on the fence about this new technology, heck I was one of them, until I tried it! The Samsung VR Head Gear totally blew my mind out how well the graphics are rendered not to mention how well designed the overall storyline is, and how well it flows with the contours, curves, and g-forces Shock Wave produces.
Each seat is sync'd with the onboard computer which tells the phone what to do. There is a wheel speed sensor on the train to keep the timing perfect. No matter where you sit on the train you get the same ride experience. For example, if you sit in the front you will start your ascent on the elevator before the back of the train, after all it wouldn't make sense to look like you are rising but not feel like you are rising. The interactive portion keeps you entertained on the way up and until the drop before the loops. This is where the action heats up as you dive through streets, slice around buildings, and blow stuff up before safely returning to the aircraft carrier.
After your return, the headsets are picked up by the ride attendants after which your seats are unlocked, so no trying to take a set home. They then individually clean the antimicrobial leather straps and face gear with physician approved sanitization products. The VR Gear never touches your eyeball either
In the future they will add additional features to keep it fresh. With the technology coming to a park near you, I strongly encourage you to try it out, you'll probably love it, and probably want to ride with the VR Gear all the time.
Thank you to all at Six Flags Over Texas for having us out, we had a great time!
And now, "I think I'll go embarrass myself with Goose." - Top Gun
Here we are for the the Media Preview of The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster which you can conveniently find in the Shock Wave courtyard.
Looks like the makings of a party!
Every type of sandwich you can imagine. Now that's how you kick off a party!
Ran into TPR member Johnny Chen so naturally we had to take advantage of the rockstar background!
Sexy Samsung VR Gear featuring the NEW S7. No need for your spectacles with these bad boys, there's a focus wheel right on top. In fact, I would strongly advise that you NOT wear your glasses with these.
See those yellow things on the back of the seats? More on those in a bit.
But for now, enjoy some fighter pilot G's
Hey, shoot that thing and get it out of the way!
The construction workers on the highway were all, what in the world are those people wearing on their heads?!?!
Its VR Gear! And they are totally bad ass. The graphic rendering is done on the phone and it's phenomenal.
Ok, so those yellow things, those are QR codes. Each seat has its own. Strap on the Samsung VR Gear and look straight ahead, the unit will calibrate to your seat position and time the ride motions to your seat! The system also has wheel speed sensors to make sure you don't get motion sickness!
Just like a real aircraft carrier your plane loads onto an elevator. Unlike and air carrier, you can practice firing at targets! (the resolution is much better on the headsets)
And then you rise out of the carriers belly and blast off into the skies to help the forces fight it out
Slice through city streets!
Fly past building and battle big ugly hairy creatures!
Nick from Samsung and I had an absolute blast! Total 360 immersive experience
But all things must come to end with a landing back on the carrier.
Need a phone charger?
This is Sam from Six Flags Corporate Design explaining the cleaning process of the goggles as Bossman Matt shows us how it's done.
Basically the goggles are collected before your restraints are unlocked and returned to this area to be cleaned. They leather is antimicrobial and along with the mask are cleaned individually after each use using medical grade cleaning supplies recommended by physician who consult for Six Flags Corporate.
So no need to worry about pink eye, crusty eye, stink eye, or sock eye. (Hey, isn't that a tuna?)
For you upskirt pervs.
The new queuing area outside of the go-karts and formally a basketball game years ago has been covered for your protection. They'll go ahead and hold you here so as not to cause skin cancer and dehydration in the intense Texas sun. See, they're not only looking out for your eye health but your skin health too! maybe those other vital organs you have as well...
Season Pass holders were lined up as far back as the oil derrick to get a preview of this incredible experience.
Steve Martindale talks briefly about the VR technology with members of the Air Force, after all, this is a fighter pilot virtual experience!
The ribbon was cut and off went the balloons! Straight into the tree! Where they almost stayed!
But a huge gust of wind came by and decorated the sky in red white and blue signifying the opening of the ride to the public.
And off went hundreds upon hundreds of smiling faces eager to try out the new VR Coaster.
You know what they say, don't knock it til you try it! I tried it and now I'm hooked! Get out and ride!
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