Theme parks have shown a surprising interest in virtual reality technology. Even though most thrill rides already offer quite the spectacle, there’s always room for improvements. As such, it is expected there will be a growing influx of VR capabilities in theme parks all over the world.
Theme Parks and VR Mix Well
One has to keep in mind how the trend of virtual reality technology in theme parks is not exactly new. In fact, these experiences have been present for over a decade, even though they were far different from what people know today. With no VR headset required or computer-generated visuals to speak of, it was a different age altogether. Even so, the slow-moving rides could transport users to a whole new virtual world by relying on computer-generated worlds.
Fast forward to today and the concept of VR in theme parks looks very different. Gone are the slow-moving rides, as it seems mainly roller coasters at full speed lend themselves to a VR experience. Various parks around the world have already incorporated this technology in some fashion, and it is expected this industry will continue to grow for quite some time to come.
Even though there is no real indication consumers have grown a liking to this trend, there’s no outspoken opposition either. Using VR as a way to add another layer to existing rides is obviously the first step in the evolution. At the same time, this approach will keep this technology in the “niche” market for quite some time to come. Moreover, it creates a lot more logistic concerns for staffers to address.
There is no right or wrong approach in this regard. While VR is still in the early stages of development, it has tremendous potential across different industries. Current theme park rides aren’t designed to be VR compatible either, which is something that will potentially change moving forward. Rest assured there will be plenty of innovation as far as theme park VR rides are concerned.
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