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Six Flags SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster Recap

Hey Cuties,

Friday is here and let me tell you, I’ve got the laughter you’re in need of. Gut busting laughter even. A couple days ago I attended my first media event with Six Flags. They were debuting their new SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster. Don’t be misled by the name this is an actual roller coaster you ride, so it is reality + virtual reality. This is not a simulator what so ever. Full Disclosure:  I’ve not been on a roller coaster in 15 years, FIFTEEN YEARS!

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Photo credit: Glenwood Jackson Photography.

Six Flags rolled out the red carpet for us, before we even entered the park. This newspaper though.

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Okay, so what is Virtual Reality? Do you remember those old school view finders? They were red and you had a round card that looked similar to a film negative. But when you put the round card in you would see the images bold and vibrant in the view finder. So that old school view finder + modern technology = Virtual Reality. They have taken this same concept and made it digital. You are viewing a 360 virtual experience; you feel just like you are there.  I got Babe one at Christmas and they are so much fun.

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Squad up! Moms ‘N Charge, Jamari’s Jewels & The Style Medic

You know I had to roll with my squad, this might prove to be a bad move. You know bloggers capture everything… We chatted with the Six Flags staff and learned a lot about the park and the Superman Virtual Coaster. Ignorance might have been bliss. Two out of four are regular coaster riders; the other two out of four just want to live to tell the story. I will let you figure out who is whom.  We enjoyed some good grub and dope cocktails, see the short video clip below to see what I mean.

It is SHOW TIME! I prayed to everyone and headed to the ride.

This is how Six Flags explains the Virtual Reality Coaster
A Virtual Reality Coaster is a traditional coaster that is equipped with cutting-edge technology to allow you to wear a wireless VR headset during the ride.  You will feel heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, inverted loops and powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerator and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action while viewing a remarkably realistic 360-degree virtual world. Did you get all of that?

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Virtual Reality headsets

If you want the virtual experience the staff will put the headset on for you. If not you just get on the ride, obviously we were here for the experience. The headset is strapped to your head and they adjust accordingly. In total it has three straps, one around the head, over the head a chinstrap. NOT CUTE!

They get them halfway on and then another staff person finishes the process once you are seated. For now, the viewer just rest on your head.

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It is very well padded for comfort.

The first thing I asked when I arrived was “Are these things clean?” you know because I believe in style and grace.  They assured me that they are clean and they use a sanitizing cloth to wipe them down after each wear.  Note: According to manufacturer’s guidelines children must be at least 12 years of age to get the virtual experience.

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L: Waiting to get on. R: seated and strapped on and in

The headsets calibrate according to your seat. It knows if you are in the third car or the first car, it also knows if you are on the right side or the left side and adjust your viewing experience accordingly.

How do the headsets show you a virtual world?
Six Flags has partnered with Samsung Gear VR and Oculus, global leaders in technology, to deliver this world-class experience.  The Samsung Gear VR headsets provide high-resolution imagery with an extra-wide point of view to seamlessly merge reality with the virtual world.

On the new Virtual Reality Roller Coaster experience, you’ll be immersed in the comic-book world of Metropolis. You’ll strap in for a sky tour of the city and soon encounter LEX LUTHOR after you take off from the station. This villain and his army of Lexbots use an anti-gravity gun to create chaos through the city. SUPERMAN comes along to destroy the anti-gravity gun, causing all the floating objects to suddenly fall – just as you’re falling down the first giant drop on the coaster. As you twist, turn and dive along the coaster’s track, you’ll be soaring alongside SUPERMAN as he battles the Lexbots.

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I needed proof, or it didn’t happen.

SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster Features:

  • Coaster Height: 208 feet
  • Speed: 73 miles per hour
  • Ride Time: About 2 minute
  • Height Requirement: Min. 54 inches, Max 76 inches
  • Track Length: 5,400 feet of twisted steel track to save Metropolis; a bit over a mile
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Yeah so…

I just needed to ground myself, I need all movement and motion to come to a complete halt. The only way I know how to do that is to sit down, so I did.

BECAUSE THESE OF THE TYPE OF FRIENDS I HAVE
CHECK THE VIDEO FOR THE LIVE VERSION.

I know you laughed, it was funny I had to laugh too.

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Superman #FatSnacks

Now that I’ve done the ride I was free to enjoy the beautiful #FatSnacks. I didn’t want to eat a bunch of food and then get on the ride.

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Superman Popcorn

Blueberry & Cherry popcorn was a dope touch and yummy!

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Something went wrong…

Fears were conquered, fun was had, laughter ensued. I had a great time.

Peep this video to get a feel for the ride.

I can show you better than I can tell you. Shout out to Kevin McCarthy from Fox 5 ; I need to meet him.

SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster Media Event Recap

Would you get on this ride? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

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Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Shanita

    Looks like a blast! Second post I’ve seen! I’m gonna try it!

  2. Ty

    Looks like you all had a great time but Lawd knows, the way my nerves are set up, I would have never made it. Lol!!!

  3. Sheena Tatum

    What a fun event! I haven’t been to Six Flags in ages and would love to check out Ride of Steel. I haven’t been on a coaster in ages so I’ll be reserving the ground for recovery, lol!

  4. Bijee

    CTHU!!!!! you had to get “grounded” though??? Hilarious. the way my equilibrium is set up I would have been down there with you…but in the fetal position. LOL

  5. Tia

    How funny that you asked about the sanitation of the goggles, great question. I love roller coasters and itv looks like I need to make a trip to Six Flags since I haven’t been in many years. So glad you all had fun, thanks for sharing.

  6. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    As fun as it looks, I can’t say I’d take the virtual reality roller coaster. I’ll stick with the kiddie rides. I went on a ride for kids under 10 at Six Flags Over Georgia and it almost took my breath away!

  7. Christine @Moms 'N Charge®

    Bwhahaha!!!! That was so much fun and I definitely will remember this for a lifetime! Hey, you did it AND you have the proof to show so pat yourself on the back 🙂

  8. Alli Smith

    I haven’t been on a roller coaster in years and I think I’d have to skip the coaster and go straight to the food! My kids and husband would love this. I’d definitely have to ground myself afterwards if I got up the nerve to try this out. I grew up going to Six Flags and I know this is a great addition to an awesome amusement park. Looks like you had a blast.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Alli, there isn’t anything wrong with that. Let hubby and the kids enjoy it. I wonder if a lot of people get off and just sit down like I did.

  9. Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    I love going to theme parks! I would def check this out.

  10. Sarah

    This looks like a great adventure… Love it!

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Virtual reality is so cool! I’d love to try this! This looks like such a fun experience. I will forward this post to a friend, who is a huge fan of Superman!

  12. Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    I would TOTALLY ride this. Coaster lover over here! Jealous we don’t have this ride in Kentucky.

  13. Eva

    That looked like fun! And of course… great photos of snacks to make me forget about the carrots and celery I got this weekend to try to change my life… LOL!

  14. Liz Mays

    Oh I didn’t know about this new ride. It sounds so cool! The VR experience would be so intense!

  15. NYC SingleMom

    I dont know if I could do this, I have tried virtual reality one time and I know it wasnt real but I felt as though I just couldnt move otherwise I would fall. That said, this look like a fun, fun experience.

  16. Pam

    How cool is this? I like roller coasters but I usually just ride the wooden ones. This one looks like it would be fun to give a try though.

  17. Chrishelle

    Oh my goodness a virtual reality coaster, sign me up. I need to ride this, sounds incredible.

  18. Kim

    This looks fun! I’d totally get on it. Did you get sick from it? If so, I’m sorry.

  19. ricci

    Gosh I love Six Flags and it looks like y’all and a great time!! Great post!!

  20. adriana

    This must be SO COOL! I need to try it, what an awesome concept – this stuff never fails to amaze me!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Adriana, it is a really awesome concept. I love that they came up with it. This is going to change the theme park experience.

  21. Bonnie @wemake7

    I used to go on rides like that when I was younger and haven’t so much when I got older. This looks awesome though, maybe I would try it now.

  22. Anosa

    I was thinking it was going to be a simulator when I read the title but girl you just about made me wet my pants as I cant do roller coasters later on add a virtual element to it lol.

  23. Bella

    Rides are my thing, especially roller coasters! My kids love superman so they will want to check this out for sure!

  24. Robin Ruehrwein

    This looks like it was such a fun experience! A virtual reality roller coaster is a really great idea.

  25. April Mims

    Sounds like quite an experience! I can’t even remember the last time I was on a roller coaster!

  26. Kiana

    Seeing as how I have a fear of heights and falling…I won’t be getting on this ride anytime soon haha. But, I love how they’re merging modern technology with these roller coaster rides. I’m sure it’s an amazing experience!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Kiana the way they have integrated the technology is amazing. I need them to do it on a baby ride so I can experience it again.

  27. Keisha Reed

    Looks like it was an awesome ride. Too chicken for roller coasters over here but I LOVE VR. Got my wheels turning about the Samsung VR experience.

  28. Jasmine Watts

    What a fun event and it looks like you had a great time. I would love to try it!!

  29. Teacher Momma

    Yay! It really looks like it’s a much fun and organized event. I would love to try that Virtual Reality gadget.

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