Today, Six Flags Magic Mountain soft opens its new VR addition to the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom ride.
The attraction opens officially on Monday, but riders can experience the new DC Super Heroes Drop of Doom VR on a soft opening basis today and tomorrow. Here's what to expect:
From the park's press release:
When anxious riders buckle into their floorless seats and strap on their VR headsets, they are immersed into a 360-degree virtual world where they are unwittingly invited by DC Super-Villain, Lex Luthor, to test the newest LexCorp levitation technology. Among the highlights of this intense, interactive storyline:
- Lex Luthor levitates riders with his anti-gravity ray gun and they begin to float upward, rising high above the skyscrapers;
- Wonder Woman and Superman dash to the rescue and an epic battle ensues high in the air over Metropolis;
- Wonder Woman clashes with an army of flying LexBots while Superman is in fierce combat with Lex Luthor; and
- High in the sky, the battle spins out of control and riders fall a thousand feet—straight down, to the city streets far, far below.
The bad news is that the VR headsets block the view from the 400-foot Superman tower. But the good news is that the VR headsets block the view from the 400-foot tower. Which is to say, if you've stayed off this drop ride due to a fear of heights, maybe VR can entice you to try it, since you won't actually see how high you are.
But even for drop ride fans, the VR adds a new element that Six Flags hopes will give those fans another reason to ride.