Virtual-Reality Roller Coaster Thrills Riders With Illusion

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UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — They say life’s a roller coaster, but real life is nothing compared to a virtual-reality roller coaster that just opened in Japan.

The roller coaster features a 3,000-meter-long course, speeds up to 270 kilometers per hour and a 300-meter vertical drop, which is about the height of a 90-story skyscraper.

Riders never actually leave the ground but don’t tell that to passengers, who board a roller-coaster-like cart, put on virtual-reality goggles and immerse themselves in a two-and-a-half-minute video that sounds and feels like the real thing.

As the cart tilts, jolts and clatters, riders experience the sensation of climbing high above the city skyline, zooming between buildings and speeding through woods and fields.

The VR-King ride opened Aug. 1. It’s the newest attraction at Huis Ten Bosch, which bills itself as Japan’s largest virtual-reality theme park, with attractions ranging from reverse bungee jumping to zombie wars.