Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to Debut Innovative Horror-Themed VR
Coaster Experience for Fright Fest
VALLEJO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#FrightFest–The ultimate interactive Virtual Reality (VR) coaster experience,
featuring Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, is coming to Six Flags
Discovery Kingdom this fall as demonic creatures battle terrified riders
in the all-new Rage of the Gargoyles debuting on Kong, the park’s
floorless looping roller coaster, just in time for Fright Fest® starting
“Six Flags is the leader in innovation and thrills, and we are excited
to introduce the VR coaster experience to our guests at Discovery
Kingdom,” said Don McCoy, park president. “In Rage of the Gargoyles, the
experience is immersive and terrifying as riders shoot at the demons
throughout the entire ride ‒ the perfect addition to our Fright Fest
Among the thrilling highlights:
High-definition imagery and storytelling that sync with the track
configuration creating a one-of-a-kind “real world” to “virtual world”
For the first time ever on a rollercoaster, riders can engage in
interactive gaming throughout the entire ride experience by shooting
at flying demons; and
Unique sophisticated head-movement targeting instantly locks on a
moving target without the need for a touchpad or buttons to fire.
The realistic theme puts the rider in the action similar to a video game
experience. Riders are pilots seated in the cockpit of an Apache-style
helicopter, flying through a devastated cityscape of a dark and dreary
future as part of a fleet of choppers ready to battle winged creatures
to the end. Both the pilot and their realistic foes are virtually
engaged in a battle all while racing over the 2,170 feet of twisting,
turning, looping coaster track.
The action starts quickly when riders ascend up the lift hill while
realistic, blood-thirsty gargoyles terrorize them by scratching and
clawing, jumping mercilessly atop the seemingly fragile glass barrier as
the rider tries desperately to shoot their demonic targets. The epic
conflict accelerates as riders are forced to navigate through the
hazardous city streets, up and over broken-down skyscrapers while
avoiding obstacles and lethal assaults from the gargoyles, all the while
shooting to repel the demons. It is up to the pilot to attack the
vicious master gargoyle, who is vehement on challenging anyone who
crosses his path. There is a surprise ending that will be sure to leave
riders shocked and amazed.
Kong will close after August and make its Virtual Reality debut with
modified restraints and enhanced track work. Guests 13 and older may opt
to ride with the VR headset or without, to enjoy Kong as a traditional
coaster attraction. Fright Fest is Northern California’s biggest and
scariest Halloween event as the park is completely transformed for
thrills by day and fright by night, and features haunted mazes, scare
zones and monstertainment.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California,
is located in Vallejo, CA and open year round on weekends, holidays and
select dates, including daily during the summer. Fright Fest runs on
weekends and select Fridays from September 24 through October 30. For
park information visit: www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.
For more information on VR coasters, visit www.sixflags.com/vrcoasters.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional
theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the
United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has
entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed
rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more
information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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Nancy Chan, 707-556-5227