SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Through the magic of virtual reality (VR) technologies, the Huis Ten Bosch theme park says it has made the impossible possible, with the launch of the world's most thrilling roller coaster.
Debuting on Aug. 1, the VR-King attraction offers visitors a chance to experience a roller coaster with an unimaginable drop of 300 meters and a top speed of 270 kph.
To enjoy the virtual super-speed ride, riders board the vehicle cart modeled after a roller coaster and wear a head-mounted display and a headphone.
A 2-minute, 30-second video will be played in front of their eyes, making them feel like they are riding the roller coaster as it swoops down from the sky for 300 meters and races through buildings, woods and a cave at breakneck speed.
The vehicle and the seats move to correspond to the action taking place in the imagery, offering an immersive experience.
Featuring a 3,000-meter-long "track," the VR-King ride boasts a larger height difference, faster speed and longer course than any real-life roller coaster in the world, according to the operator.
"We’d like visitors to share the pleasure with family and friends," said a Huis Ten Bosch official.
One-day pass holders can get one free ride and an additional fee of 500 yen ($4.60) will be required from the second time on.
Visit the official website at (http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/).