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I believe they were shooting footage for a commercial earlier today which is probably why it was closed. Yes it would be nice for the park to communicate ride closures more.

 

I was able to choose seats when I went on the first day of the new station arrangement. The employees were trying to fill rows up and I felt like they were trying to make people not wait for the front. Once VR starts, they may assign seats but who knows. I think the station setup is just to make room for the headset areas not necessarily assigned seating.

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Have a planned trip to head there tomorrow. Hopefully Superman is up and running all day. Would be a bummer if I can't get one last go round before the nightmare of VR hits. Is anybody out at the park today with knowledge if its up and running?

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Are the VR headsets Six Flags uses waterproof? I was wondering the potential impact on a rainy day.

I don't know, but people sure will get wet with that new water pistol gun effect

 

I mean it was an interesting use of the fire pipe but no one saw it except me on the ride

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Great day at the park today. Plenty of school groups but other than that the park was dead. Everything was a walk on or barely a 5 minute wait besides superman. Our first go on superman was probably a 20 minute wait. We tried to hit up superman right before we left and it was a walk on and they were doing technical rehearsals for the VR. The catch was you had to buy a t shirt to try it out. Figured I might as well since I wanted to try the VR but have no desire to see how nightmarish the lines will be once it's in full swing. My two cents in the VR: it was definitely pretty cool. Video was superman saving you from some villian and guiding your train to safety as he beats up on the villian. Flow with the ride was pretty good. Didn't seem awkward at all. But I can already see all the problems. It took the girl like two minutes to fit it on my head when I got in the station. When I sat in the coaster and put the goggles all the way on and saw the image I saw a building in front of me and looked around and saw some city streets. After about a minute I noticed what I was seeing to the left was probably supposed to be straight ahead. So I had an ops person come over and they had to put a completely headset on me. All in all its a cool gimmick but it's gonna wreck wait times as expected.

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So, how's the wait for VR Experience?

 

Well, I can't speak on it for sure because it is not rolling out to the public until tomorrow I believe. When I was able to get on it there was only a couple people on each ride actually doing the VR. For me it took probably two minutes for the girl to initial get the thing on my head ( they tighten all the straps for you) and then once I sat down they had to put a new one on me because it wasn't calibrated right. So multiplying that by a lot more people getting set up with them and countless issues of calibration I don't think its gonna be too smooth. Not right away at least.

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So, how's the wait for VR Experience?

 

You know how they say there are 7 layers of hell? If you go to SFNE on Saturday and get in line for Bizarro you might discover an 8th one.

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So, how's the wait for VR Experience?

 

You know how they say there are 7 layers of hell? If you go to SFNE on Saturday and get in line for Bizarro you might discover an 8th one.

 

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So, how's the wait for VR Experience?

They're probably going to be terrible. I waited almost an hour to get on Shockwave at SFOT with their VR gimmick. I'd estimate even with both trains, stand-by for Superman will probably be at least an hour. It's just a stupid, stupid concept.

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We were able to attend SFNE's media day for Superman VR. After checking in we headed down to Superman. Throughout the park they were playing the Superman theme song which was a cool touch with the park not being open to the public yet.

 

Once we got down the final staircase to the lower level where the STRVRC festivities were they had a couple charismatic "Reporters" and a "Photographer" from "The Daily Planet" taking pictures and interviewing everyone about Lex Luthor and Superman. Fun and interactive but not over-the-top which was good. They also had some street performers and around the corner a DJ next to the main presentation area. The park provided refreshments before the presentation and then a full brunch buffet after it at the Johnny Rockets that's right next to Superman.

 

As part of the presentation they invited several local "heroes" firemen to the front and thanked them for their service. They were then the first ones sent to ride Superman VR. After their first ride we were all invited to get some food or to jump in line to try it too.

 

We headed to try out the VR. I was definitely a little skeptical about this addition before trying it but I have to say it is awesome!!!! The immersive 360 degree experience fits in perfectly with Superman The Ride. The story line works well and we were really impressed with the quality of it all. Right from the start you can see Metropolis. As soon as you dispatch the battle begins and through the entire ride it's a back and forth between Lex Luthor and Superman right into the final brake run. The battle even includes a surprise “twist”.

 

The headsets are comfortable (Although, learning from experience, make sure they are very tightly fitted around your head. Otherwise you could spend the ride keeping them adjusted as they slide around, taking away from the ride experience) and with the VR being right in sync with the coaster there were no issues with motion sickness. We tried the VR 3 times and mixed in 2 regular rides.

 

Verdict: With Superman being such a great coaster I still love it without the VR but I would definitely say you need to try it with it. It's an entirely different experience and nothing like I've ever ridden before. Six Flags and Samsung did a SUPER amazing job with pairing the ride and the technology. The process will slow down dispatch which had to be a given but it is a must try when you're at the park.

 

We want to give a huge thanks to Six Flags New England for all of their hospitality. They really went above and beyond for all of us. We had the chance to chat a few times with their Communications Manager, Jen McGrath, who is awesome and later in the day we ran into Park President, John Winkler, and he too was extremely friendly and excited about the VR addition and where it might take rides next. Also a big thanks to Robb and TPR for having us attend the event.

 

Here's some pics.

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Definitely a coaster meant to wear red.

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Metropolis Reporters

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Perfect day for this SUPER event.

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Well attended.

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Presentation kicked off by Jen McGrath

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Then Park President John Winkler (A Samsung rep followed him)

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Some of the local real hero first riders.

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Here we go!!

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Headsets ready as soon as you enter the station.

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We're Ready!

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One train operation today so dispatches should increase when both trains are running.

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Large media day buffet inside Johnny Rockets.

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SUPER Communications Manager Jen McGrath!

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This year's other new addition. Fireball!

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With this Larson Loop being built into the ground it's the best looking install so far and a fun flat.

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Thanks for a great day Six Flags New England!

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Nice photos! I'm excited to try Superman with VR in a few weeks (also my first time on the coaster). I really enjoyed it on Revolution at SFMM, so having it on an awesome Intamin hyper should be even better!

 

The line will likely be terrible, but at least I'll be getting Flash Pass!

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So as I am doing a recreation of the park in NoLimits 2, I need to add a lot of detail to make it accurate using signs. I am actually able to either recreate them digitally or use photos and warp them so they're flat, but occasionally I can't really do either of those. My idea is to contact someone who can help me get certain graphics (mainly for Gotham City Gauntlet), so who should I try to email? Jen McGrath or someone else?

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I am very surprised with how good the VR is. I had my expectations set very very low but I'm glad to see they pulled it off well. The line moves at a crawl though, a line that was usually 20 minutes took an hour and 6 minutes (yes I actually timed it lol)

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Nice photos! I'm excited to try Superman with VR in a few weeks (also my first time on the coaster). I really enjoyed it on Revolution at SFMM, so having it on an awesome Intamin hyper should be even better!

 

The line will likely be terrible, but at least I'll be getting Flash Pass!

 

From what everyone is saying this is an even better experience than the new revolution version. If you've never been on Superman I would highly recommend that you also get one ride in without VR. It's just an awesome coaster.

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I am very surprised with how good the VR is. I had my expectations set very very low but I'm glad to see they pulled it off well. The line moves at a crawl though, a line that was usually 20 minutes took an hour and 6 minutes (yes I actually timed it lol)

Yea the lines are going to be tough but as the year goes on it will probably get a bit quicker. It's still going to make it a longer wait but if you know that going into it then it's not as bad.

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I don't know what to make of the VR- It was my first time here today and went on front row without VR first then VR next. VR was cool but for me probably one off only.

I really loved Goliath and Wicked Cyclone - probably highlight of the day.

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I don't know what to make of the VR- It was my first time here today and went on front row without VR first then VR next. VR was cool but for me probably one off only.

I really loved Goliath and Wicked Cyclone - probably highlight of the day.

Yes, finally another Goliath worshiper!

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I don't know what to make of the VR- It was my first time here today and went on front row without VR first then VR next. VR was cool but for me probably one off only.

I really loved Goliath and Wicked Cyclone - probably highlight of the day.

Yes, finally another Goliath worshiper!

 

I'm not sure what to expect for Goliath when I visit this month. Most people in this thread seem to hate it. I thought it was pretty bumpy back when it was at SFMM but overall fairly tolerable. Apparently these new trains completely ruined the ride? Is it at least somewhat reliable?

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I don't know what to make of the VR- It was my first time here today and went on front row without VR first then VR next. VR was cool but for me probably one off only.

I really loved Goliath and Wicked Cyclone - probably highlight of the day.

Yes, finally another Goliath worshiper!

 

I'm not sure what to expect for Goliath when I visit this month. Most people in this thread seem to hate it. I thought it was pretty bumpy back when it was at SFMM but overall fairly tolerable. Apparently these new trains completely ruined the ride? Is it at least somewhat reliable?

It's been more reliable this year than the last two years. It still has its fair share of break downs, obviously but it's been running about 90% of the time. I just don't ride it, I absolutely hate the ride. The old trains were 1000x better.

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I don't know what to make of the VR- It was my first time here today and went on front row without VR first then VR next. VR was cool but for me probably one off only.

I really loved Goliath and Wicked Cyclone - probably highlight of the day.

Yes, finally another Goliath worshiper!

 

I'm not sure what to expect for Goliath when I visit this month. Most people in this thread seem to hate it. I thought it was pretty bumpy back when it was at SFMM but overall fairly tolerable. Apparently these new trains completely ruined the ride? Is it at least somewhat reliable?

It's been more reliable this year than the last two years. It still has its fair share of break downs, obviously but it's been running about 90% of the time. I just don't ride it, I absolutely hate the ride. The old trains were 1000x better.

when you say it was better with the old trains, how and why?

I didn't think I'd like this sort of ride but Invertigo at KI set me straight - How do you think they compare? I think Invertigo is tighter but Goliath faster? It's already been a week since my visit to KI so my memory s a bit hazy...

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The old trains provided a FAR smoother ride. The new ones will either box your head or vibrate aggressively enough to cause short-term back pain. I generally have good luck with them, but I'm not in denial and can definitely see how they would beat the hell out of someone, especially smaller riders.

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