If real rollercoasters aren’t your thing, perhaps the VR alternative will be enough to let you live like an adrenaline junkie for a day.
The BBC is reporting that Alton Towers is planning to roll out a rollercoaster virtual reality simulator (where riders simply wear a VR headset).
Called Galactica, the attraction is scheduled to open across the pond this spring.
Although the desire to present thrill-seekers with new technology is likely part of the reason for this new offering, another aspect is an attempt to remedy the lingering negative PR effects from a rollercoaster accident last summer, when five riders were severely injured in a rollercoaster accident at the same European theme park.
Nonetheless, the VR attraction has reportedly been in the works for two years. So its release comes at a great time, as the BBC notes that “visitor numbers have been down since the accident, which Alton Towers blamed on ‘human error.'”