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Skyscraper to Feature Virtual Reality Option

While the official opening date for Skyplex has been pushed back to 2020 (due to ongoing permitting), several additional attractions have been announced for the entertainment center.

While the official opening date for Skyplex has been pushed back to 2020 (due to ongoing permitting), several additional attractions have been announced for the entertainment center.

To improve capacity on Skyscraper, the 500+ foot Polercoaster, US Thrill Rides has made the decision to work with Intamin instead of S&S. This will enable the ride to begin with a vertical launch instead of a long, spiraling chain lift.


Also new, the coaster will feature a virtual reality option that will allow riders to participate in various themed environments while making the plummet to the bottom. So far, theme parks have primarily experimented with VR on old, unpopular rides that they want to hype up, so Skyscraper will become one of the first rides to open with the option. I can’t imagine they’ll be able to come up with anything more thrilling than the ride’s actual experience, though. After all, it’ll be the world’s tallest roller coaster.

Additionally, at the top of the tower Skyscraper is built around, a new attraction called “SkyLedge” has been revealed. Guests will be harnessed to a ring at the top of the tower and allowed to walk around, nearly 600 feet above the ground.

Watch the following video to get an idea of the thrills that await guests in 2020:

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By Jonathan

A trip to Dollywood at age eight changed me forever. Since then, I have been on a wild quest to fulfill my cravings for thrill. Here at Theme Park Press, I desire to share my adventures and give my thoughts on the latest industry news.

2 replies on “Skyscraper to Feature Virtual Reality Option”

I have trouble understanding how a coaster like this would be controlled. Zone wise, how you would keep the cars safely separated without adding brake sections or some sort of pusher mechanism periodically? The video shows way too many trains operating simultaneously, and it would be nearly impossible to perform an e-stop if required. True, it’s only a simulation, but the real world need for emergency evacuations and emergency stops are going to be an engineering nightmare if this ever becomes a reality.

I thought the same thing when I saw the video. My guess is that they showed the simulation with that many trains so they could make a more dramatic camera sweep down the tower, and that the real ride will only run one or two trains simultaneously. Like you said, there’s no brake run in the whole layout, and the ride time is projected to be over four minutes long. With such small trains, capacity is sure to drag. That’s probably why they switched to Intamin to take advantage of a launched lift.

Now, if there was ever an emergency, it would be impossible to stop the trains without some sort of braking system installed, so I would imagine the ride’s engineers have come with some kind of e-stop mechanism. I have no idea how they plan on managing evacuations though.

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