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I have been on a VR coaster, Revolution at Magic Mountain, and also a coaster very similar to Freedom Flyer, Steel Lasso at Frontier City. The limited seating arrangement for this is a great idea to keep lines going. Keep it optional, and let people wait if they want to experience it. This coaster type and layout are actually really good for VR; lots of possibilities, and the coaster isn't so intense that bracing or anticipating turns is necessary. This could be very good for them.

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Freedom Flyer is the perfect coaster for VR. Lines are rarely an issue and it will easily improve the ride experience because (while fun), it's a forgettable ride. This is a great idea. I don't like VR when it negatively impacts the experience for those that don't want to use it by creating excessive wait times but that's not likely to happen here.

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I'm just so done with the VR craze. For those that are fans of it, I'm sure this'll be one of the better VR coasters. But it seems like VR is just the latest gimmick that everyone wants to jump on for the few years (or months) that it's relevant. To me, it's just a cheap way to trick the GP into thinking that their home park has a "new" VR coaster. If they were building rides that were built around VR, then I might be interested. But you want me to wait in a longer line to strap a volume-less helmet to my face and experience a sub-standard story line told with early PS3-level graphics? I'll pass.

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I agree with everything you just said for a lot of parks, but Freedom Flyer is almost never going to have any line whatsoever so it's really not a big deal. It might slow down dispatches a tiny bit but that's it. This is also at a pay per ride park (though the majority of people do have wristbands) so it's in their best interests to dispatch trains quickly.

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^^I tend to look at it the opposite way... The technology is still in its infancy, so the graphics and immersion of current VR coaster experiences appears to underwhelm most given the video standards (even for 360 footage) today... That being said, I find that the offering being optional as opposed to mandatory should quell most detractor's complaints as they are by no means forced to partake in the VR experience if they don't want to, preserving the traditional coaster experiences they prefer. As long as the operation is not significantly impacted by this additional option, I don't really see the harm.

 

At the end of the day, parks could opt to never invest in their existing attractions and let them remain the same until they are retired... What is the harm in plussing a fairly simple family coaster with something that will wow guests. It isn't like a park looks at a VR experience's costs against the costs of building a brand new coaster and goes with the cheaper option. VR additions are relatively inexpensive compared to building entirely new rides--I highly doubt that any park has looked at both as equal. My point being, I don't believe that because a park spends on a VR experience for an existing coaster, they are finding the cheap way out of justifying a new addition to the park that would otherwise cost significantly more.

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It's a good idea to put VR on this...not so sold on putting them on Kraken.

 

Agreed. The VR treatment makes more sense on small family coasters.

 

(Fun) Spot on. Got to try this during the last IAAPA as well, and it was surprisingly enjoyable. No major worries about reduced capacity, added some thrill element to a ride that needed a bit more thrill, and the virtual reality/real reality synch was solid.

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Stoked about the wooden coaster! I'm glad I'll have a reason to return to that area. I miss the rough-around-the-edges charm of Old Town, but I'm happy that Fun Spot (this park and the company) are going strong! And I love me a compact woodie layout.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Visited the Orlando Park for the first time yesterday. Got there right as some rain was ending, so nobody was there. The employee to guest ration was probably very close to 1:1. Got in 5 rides on White Lightning, 3 on Freedom Flyer (1 with VR), plus a couple on the Screaming Swing and Enterprise. Staff was very friendly and had a great time! If I lived in the area I could easily see myself visiting several times a month to get a few rides in.

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It looks like I'll be making my way back to Florida with my kids in November this year, and both Fun Spot locations will definitely be on my main to-do list! I wouldn't be surprised if my kids get more enjoyment out of them, than they do at Sea World or BGT!

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I don't think it's terrible. I'm just wondering what, or if, there is any correlation to anything. I don't recall anything about a Mine theme. Does the area have any kind of mining history that they are tapping into? So... ...I'm more confused by the name as opposed to thinking it's terrible.

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I don't think it's terrible. I'm just wondering what, or if, there is any correlation to anything. I don't recall anything about a Mine theme. Does the area have any kind of mining history that they are tapping into? So... ...I'm more confused by the name as opposed to thinking it's terrible.

 

My thoughts exactly. It almost makes me want to believe it's a typo and is supposed to be "Mind Blower." Regardless of the name, it looks like it will be a great little ride.

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^^My guess is a vaguely mine-cart looking train theme. I would be surprised to see the theming go beyond that. Something like white lightning... but more miney.

 

 

The name is sort of a lame play on words... but that's ok.

 

Hope to see more construction photos popping up, can't wait for my next trip to orlando!

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