April 20, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure unveils 'thrilling' virtual reality drop ride

Attractions Rides
042017_six_flags.jpg Six Flags Great Adventure/for PhillyVoice

Looking for a new thrill? Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will soon be opening a new ride where riders will experience death-defying drops and car-sized spiders.

Dubbed "Drop of Doom VR," the ride will implement virtual reality technology to transport passengers into a city overrun with mutant spiders. Thrill seekers will enter a battle that begins high above skyscrapers before plunging to the streets below.

"We are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides,” said Neal Thurman, the theme park's president. “Drop of Doom VR plays upon two of our greatest fears – extreme heights and spiders – and delivers an entirely new thrill for the spring 2017 season.”

The attraction allows riders to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets on the existing ride "Zumanjaro," already the world's tallest and fastest drop ride.

In just 10 seconds, riders will fall 41 stories at speeds up to 90 mph. However, the technology will make it seem like the fall is 100 stories long, the park claims.

When riders buckle into the their seats, they will have a 360-degree view of a futuristic world that featues massive buildings, gun battles, and intense fire.

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The ride is accessible free of charge after park admission to all guests at least 13 years old and 48 inches tall.

Exclusive to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, the ride is slated to open on May 5.