Leading UK theme park Alton Towers has announced plans to open a rollercoaster ride on which passengers wear virtual-reality headsets.
The Staffordshire attraction claims Galactica, which is set to open in April, will be a “complete game changer” for rollercoasters as it combines a physical ride with virtual reality.
Over the course of the attraction’s three-minute ride, the headsets will show passengers a journey across a series of different galaxies, timed to coincide with the ride’s twists, turns and falls.
Lying face down, they will experience a maximum g-force of 3.5gs, which the park says is more than astronauts typically experience during rocket launches.
Gill Riley, the park’s marketing director, said it represented a “multi-million pound investment” and added: “Galactica uses groundbreaking technology to give riders a breathtaking and completely unique rollercoaster experience.
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