Imagine if you were hoisted 100 feet into the air overlooking skyscrapers and the spiders attacked. You blast away and they keep coming from all angles, more and more spiders until you drop 100 feels back down with only a spider web to break your fall. This weekend, Six Flags Over Georgia celebrates 50 years by letting guests have this experience, Drop of Doom VR. This attraction is included in the price of admission.
Opening in spring of 2001, Acrophobia was the first free-fall attraction of its kind in the world. Thirty riders are hoisted 200 feet into the air; then, their seats tilt 15 degrees forcing everyone to see the ground that they will be falling upon. The drop itself lasts 3.5 seconds – that comes at a blur!
For the park’s 50th year in operation, the ride now has a new twist, Virtual Reality (VR). Six Flags Over Georgia describes this VR attraction as “Mutant spiders, creepy critters crawling on your skin and a 100 story fiery plunge await on North America’s first-ever drop tower virtual reality ride, Drop of Doom VR. Prepare to become the pilot of a futuristic gunship under attack by your worst nightmare – gigantic spiders – through an intense and interactive adventure.”
Once you have seated, attendants will come around and assist you with VR headsets and ensuring that you are strapped in. They will ask what you see to make sure the video is working correctly. It may take some time with thirty riders, so take that opportunity to look around with them on. Look up and look to the left and right to explore the area. Then, the ride starts, and the fun begins as you are lifted into the air and seeing spiders everywhere.
A Few Things About Drop of Doom VR
First, when wearing the Samsung Gear VR headsets, you visually cannot see outside of them – not the physical surrounding area, not the person next to you, zilch. It is you, the virtual world, and the spiders.
Second, you can only use the Samsung VR headset that they provide. If you think you can just pop in your Android or iPhone with a dedicated app, think again. Using their setup is best anyways – it allows more people to experience it, moves the line a little quicker than if you had to download an app, and it saves your phone battery.
Third, if you are used to hearing a song as you went up and a countdown over the ride speaker from an attendant, you will not hear it this time – not this year. The reason is to ensure that you are not distracted from the innovative and immersive VR experience… and the spiders; did we mention spiders?
Lastly… Yes, you can ride the classic thrill ride, Acrophobia, in all its glory without the VR experience. However, you do still have to stand in the same line.
This year will definitely be one to remember as we bring you all the excitement that Six Flags Over Georgia has for its 50th season celebration.