Six Flags Great America Debuts Virtual Reality Coaster This Month

Starting Aug. 13, riders can save the world while wearing a virtual headset on new coaster in Gurnee

The Demon rollercoaster at Six Flags Great America is about to get an immersive facelift thanks to 360 technology.

The Gurnee amusement park announced Friday it will debut Rage of the Gargoyles, a fully-integrated Virtual Reality (VR) ride, on the Demon on Aug. 13.

After boarding the coaster, riders will put on a Samsung Gear VR headset and embark on an interactive experience. Taking on the character of a helicopter pilot, riders are tasked with saving the world against evil creatures.

The video is shown in a 360-degree view and syncs with the 1,250 feet rollercoaster.

“Innovation is part of Six Flags’ DNA, and this revolutionary VR technology will transform this classic, fan favorite into a cutting-edge thrill,” said Hank Salami, park president.

Six Flags Season Pass holders and Samsung phone owners get an exclusive preview of the ride on Aug. 12.

Guests must be at least 13 to wear the VR headset and 42 inches tall to ride.

The Demon coaster arrived at Six Flags in 1976 and was among the first to have a corkscrew track.

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