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Tired of Pokemon Go? Kings Dominion is adding a little of their own virtual action to the park.

 

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Battle is Brewing at Kings Dominion

Park debuts interactive, augmented reality game

 

DOSWELL, VA (May 17, 2017) – Step into a brand new virtual world at Kings Dominion as the park debuts an interactive, competitive gaming experience – “The Battle for Kings Dominion.”

 

This immersive gaming app combines augmented reality with traditional gaming and will take the in-park experience to the next level, allowing guests to declare their loyalty to a coaster alliance and then “battle” against each other to take control of the Kings Dominion realm.

 

“We are excited to introduce our guests to an entirely new digital layer of the park experience,” said Gary Chadwick, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager. “Being able to gamify the park through the Battle for Kings Dominion, from interactive queue lines and midways to the personification of rides, will make for an even more engaging day.”

 

The cutting-edge Extended Experience game was developed by experiential design experts Holovis. Gamers will be able to choose from five coaster alliances: Dominator, Flight of Fear, Intimidator® 305, Avalanche or Volcano. Each alliance has its own unique character avatar and a custom battle shield. Guests will compete against each other and attempt to defeat the other alliances for dominance of the park throughout the day. Players can earn points in various ways including playing augmented reality mini-games in special parts of the ride queue lines, taking over territory from competing teams, answering trivia and riding roller coasters. Augmented reality moments from the experience will also come to life on the guest’s Apple® or Android™ device and can be shared with friends and on social media.

 

“Extended Experiences are the future of entertainment,” explains Amy Steele, VP of Development at Holovis. “This is where every element is connected together allowing guests to discover hidden narratives and gamify what are traditionally passive moments. They can even continue to customize their Coaster Alliance avatar from home as people prepare for their next visit.”

 

The Battle for Kings Dominion will be available for download on May 19. To complement the game, Kings Dominion has added free park-wide Wi-Fi, making it even easier to play and connect while visiting. A new mobile app complete with an interactive park map and ride wait times is now available. For the full calendar of 2017 operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.

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Just a heads up that anyone who dares to mess with the Avalanche clan when we're at the park is gonna get wrecked.

 

You should form an unholy alliance with Team Volcano.

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These actually look like really good high quality characters. Holovis is something to look out for, hopefully we will see Cedar Fair get an immersive elevator coaster some time in the future. It looks like an awesome concept, and it looks like a good relationship has been made with first Battle for Cedar Point, then they helped out with Mystic Timbers, and now Battle for Kings Dominion.

 

For those who do not know, the immersive elevator coaster is basically a vertical lift hill (like a lift), but with a dome theater around the train. The dome theaters give a similar sensation to VR, but it is more immersive, as you do not have any lagging for head movements, it is higher quality and there is no headset. At the top, the train is released from the lift, and the ride continues. The coaster aspect is managed by S&S.

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Winner faces "The Hurler" next year.

 

Loser actually goes the way of the Hurler next year. Which makes me sad The Anaconda chickened out.

 

I'll wait for the expansion franchise known as Iron Hurler or whatever they name it.

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For those who do not know, the immersive elevator coaster is basically a vertical lift hill (like a lift), but with a dome theater around the train. The dome theaters give a similar sensation to VR, but it is more immersive, as you do not have any lagging for head movements, it is higher quality and there is no headset. At the top, the train is released from the lift, and the ride continues. The coaster aspect is managed by S&S.

 

That's how it's marketed, sure. Really it's just a flat projection on a hemisphere, which will: a) contain no depth cues and will not be convincing or immersive at all and b) will be a parallax nightmare with anyone not sitting in the center seeing an extremely warped perspective.

 

Lag is really not the issue for VR (in the common gearVR format) anyways.

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Yeah, I'm at the park now. Saw the wood while up on the Eiffel Tower this morning, but I could only get a glance of the steel parts through the bushes. Nice to see how much is being done! BUILD THE HYYYYPE!

 

The advertising for the app is quite interesting. There are huge boards with said coaster's mascot, along with stats. These things are huge too. I'd post photos, but my data's low, so I'll post them later.

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For those who do not know, the immersive elevator coaster is basically a vertical lift hill (like a lift), but with a dome theater around the train. The dome theaters give a similar sensation to VR, but it is more immersive, as you do not have any lagging for head movements, it is higher quality and there is no headset. At the top, the train is released from the lift, and the ride continues. The coaster aspect is managed by S&S.

 

That's how it's marketed, sure. Really it's just a flat projection on a hemisphere, which will: a) contain no depth cues and will not be convincing or immersive at all and b) will be a parallax nightmare with anyone not sitting in the center seeing an extremely warped perspective.

 

Lag is really not the issue for VR (in the common gearVR format) anyways.

 

Well, it is obvious you have not been in a Holovis dome projection theater. After doing two dome theaters, and three VR concepts at Holovis, I have to say, the more immersive ones were the domes, however saying that, the VR was of a stunning quality. I rode a dune buggy simulator in a dome theater, and it was actually seriously scary, due to the fact it was completely immersive. The issue with the images being warped is not an issue. Even from the outside, looking into the dome, the images do not look warped. This concept is also more efficient than VR, as no cleaning needs to be taken place, or getting something strapped to your face. It also does not take away from the coaster aspect of a coaster.

 

I, for one, am really excited to see this become a reality.

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We just got back from the park on Sunday and I must say, It was Fantastic! There was hardly anyone there and the ride ops would let you stay in your seat for a re-ride if no one was waiting for your seat. We got multiple re rides on Grizzly, Rebel Yell, 305, And even, yes, Volcano ! We had hem hawed about going to BGW or KD and finally decided on KD because of the food and beer/wine/liquor fest. Smart move! Rebel Yell has a lot of new wood and boy oh boy can you tell. The new wood was smooth as glass but when you hit the old wood, Major ouch! Loved the ejector Air time after the turn around. Like I said, so many re rides without leaving your seat had to make it one of the best park days I have ever had. Now onto the food and of course LIQUOR ! Way better than the regular food options, Fave was the Duck sweet potato popover dish. I love duck and this was soooooo good, I went back for a second dish. Also fantastic was the liquor flight from the Copper Fox Distillery. 4 Super strong pours of a gin mule, rye manhattan , single malt blackberry thingy and an un barreled bourbon drink with fresh mint and ginger slices. OMG! Did the Liquor flight twice it was so good. Once for lunch and once for dinner. No pics of the rides just the yummies! Hey, we've all seen them. Also, Because it was cool for us floridians, I wore my Pulse Orlando shirt. No homophobia at all during the day. In fact, a lot of employees and guests gave us thumbs up and even stopped us to talk about it. Kudos to the Cedar Fair employees for being so nice, in light of someone elses' not so good experience at another CF park. I just love this park ! now a few pics.

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getting ready to ride !

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liquor ,chicken and meatloaf

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flounder and crab mac n cheese bad pic

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the omg duck had to do twice

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