Thursday 14 December 2017

Alton Towers is getting a virtual reality rollercoaster

Alton Towers
Alton Towers

Emma Clark

Alton Towers will be getting the UK's first virtual reality rollercoaster. It's called the Galactica and will immerse riders in the wonders of space.

Alton Towers’ new attraction is the UK’s first virtual reality rollercoaster and it’s called the Galactica.

The new ride will open in April, but Alton Towers has released a teaser for the ride. Alton Towers says 'Galactinauts' will be taken on a trip into deep space. Movement will be synchronised to the rises and falls of the rollercoaster, while sensors monitor the position of helmets and tailor the graphics accordingly.

The official portal page for the ride says that the headsets are ultra-light, so you’ll hardly notice them. It adds, “In a split-second, your world will be altered with sophisticated virtual reality technology that allows full immersion in your surroundings, the wonders of space.”

The experience will last around three minutes, and the ride’s maximum speed is 75km/h (47mph), according to the BBC. Users will be strapped in tightly and unable to move their heads to any great degree; this is to combat potential motion sickness.

A similar ride opened in Germany’s Europa Park at the end of last year. The Galactica will open in Alton Towers in April.

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