While an official roll-out has yet to be announced, Cedar Point has been testing a virtual reality option on Iron Dragon for at least one month now, and the public has been allowed to test it out on a random basis. While the testing is not occurring every day the park is open, it is getting some serious consideration from park officials. Virtual Reality (VR) has been picking up a lot of steam in recent years, especially within the regional amusement park industry, and Cedar Fair (the company that owns Cedar Point) has been looking at ways to seamlessly integrate that technology into its parks. At Cedar Point, park leadership knows that Iron Dragon is a roller coaster that has been around for a while now and that its ridership has diminished a little bit. Concurrently, families still really love the ride, and younger thrill seekers often find the ride to be a great non-inverting, intermediate ride before jumping up to more intense thrill machines elsewhere in the park.
Still, the VR experience takes time to perfect, and wait times for current VR experiences at other parks are often much longer than desired by today’s park guest. Hence, Cedar Point is looking at ways to bring the technology on board to add new thrills and experiences for park guests, but it does not want to do it at the cost of massive wait times. It appears that VR is definitely in Cedar Point’s future, but time will only tell when and how it gets fully integrated. To increase your chances of checking out the VR experience while it is still in testing, it is advised that you head out to the park on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; many of the Cedar Point fan boys / girls indicated that the park does testing on these days between 3 and 6pm.
[Images courtesy of Duane Brooks.]