Theme Park in Germany Tests VR Headsets To Create New Coaster Experience

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

VR Coaster

Rollercoasters are already one of the most exciting attractions to a theme park, but one park in Germany thinks they have the next big thing for rollercoasters, and its using virtual reality (VR) to do so instead of faster speeds or exciting new turns.

Europa-Park, the largest theme park in Germany, has been testing out Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets with lucky visitors on a number of their already existing rollercoasters to enhance the experience. Riders are completely immersed in a new fantasy world that connects with the coasters many twists, turns and drops.

Spiegel Online ran a piece on the new trial experience, showing a video of two separate rides fitted with the virtual reality rig. The more kid friendly ‘Alpine Express” has riders flying through cartoon caverns and end up flying on the back of a dragon. A more adult coaster was also shown with riders being pulled by a flying horse through a medieval landscape.

The VR experience at Europa-Park is still in a trial stage and isn’t a regular option for visitors just yet. When it is though, it will surely be a hit for the park and will bring a whole new level of enjoyment to an already existing attraction.


Source: VRFocus
Photo: Spiegel Online via YouTube

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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