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North America's First Drop Tower VR Ride Debuts during the 25th Anniversary Season at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Sydne Purvis |

SAN ANTONIO, TX — July 14, 2017Six Flags Fiesta Texas, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” has just debuted an all-new virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR. The country’s first-ever drop tower VR attraction is a thrilling, immersive encounter with giant, mutant spiders while riding the park’s Scream tower drop ride.   

“The innovative technology of Samsung Gear VR allows us create a variety of different experiences on various rides like this newest version on our Scream Tower Drop attraction.  Riders on ‘Drop of Doom’ will be immersed in a mixed reality where they can battle giant spiders by firing defensive blasts from their headset,” said Park President Jeffrey Siebert.  “We initially debuted this groundbreaking new technology last summer on our Superman Krypton Coaster as guests battled Lex Luther for control of Metropolis and found it to be incredibly popular, and this latest version is even more advanced.”

Riders, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, will become the pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:

  • A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
  • A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
  • A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
  • A thrilling virtual 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and
  • The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.

Guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission, and it’s available for a limited time through August.

Earlier this summer, America’s first and the world’s largest rocket blast water coaster—Thunder Rapids opened. This state-of-the-art water attraction features a custom-designed inline raft and utilizes new water jet propulsion technology for lightning-fast uphill speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops. This thrilling water coaster is positioned in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas’ FREE water park (included with admission).  Also this year, cap off your summer evening with Celebrate!, a new evening pyrotechnic spectacular with flame effects, dancing fountains, fog, animation and lasers, all choreographed to an exciting new soundtrack.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is now open daily through August 27.  Season Passes and the All Season Dining Pass to Six Flags Fiesta Texas which provide unlimited visits and meals all season long, are available online.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.