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Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:41 pm

Well that's interesting. Figment have done a lot of work for Merlin, and was the company that implemented the VR hardware solutions for both Galactica and Derren Brown. They've also done other things such as the audio/visuals for the Rollercoaster Restaurant, and scenes for the London Dungeon.

Edit: Also interesting that they have a new product/experience they want to get installed early next year and given the number of times Merlin have used them, could Merlin be getting this?
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Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:34 am

Yeah I saw that. Figment are the company who supplied the VR movies, hardware and integration for Galactica. I guess VR isn't going away any time soon if they're still involved?
 
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Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 pm

streetmagix wrote:
Yeah I saw that. Figment are the company who supplied the VR movies, hardware and integration for Galactica. I guess VR isn't going away any time soon if they're still involved?


That’s a shame. I was hoping to see it fully removed next season :(
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:02 pm

Yeah Figment are the people who produced the VR and that, we've known that since Galactica opened haha.
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Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:17 pm

To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw them increase the VR capacity for next season. With it being so limited this season, it's actually encouraged more people to use it. Perhaps they will be able to find a good balance. As much as I hate Merlin and all their silly gimmicks, I do actually want Galactica to work. 
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Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:54 am

Well aren’t I glad to see that I’m not the only one sorely disappointed with he VR on Galactica!

Air had always been my favourite coaster. (Until Wicker Man but that’s for another day)

I first rode VR back in July and wow what a disappointment. Fighting to keep the head set on and a sore neck from keeping head up to see all the way through was the result. What was hard though was standing 30 minutes fast track queue for the VR and watching the trains leave with three empty rows where people were not riding without VR.

Fast forward a week and back again and rode without VR still over a 30 minute wait this time in the disability queue because the line doesn’t seperate at all and they only ask the front two if they want VR or not. This was frustrating but on watching the ride a lot more riders riding without VR so maybe there would still have been a considerable line.

Went again few days ago and VR was down and the queue was still 20 mins in the disability queue and the main queue 50-60 minutes. No sign anywhere saying that VR was down. Maybe that’s why it was still busy but anyway I think it needs to go.

The loading unloading is taking forever with VR, the two seperate fastrack/general queue lines worked well for Air so maybe the seperate train ideas is better one from the now fastrack queue and one from the general queue they’ve already decided parts of the queue lines for VR no VR so change them to fastrack so fastrack guests can use VR or non VR and have their own queue.

I like the theme, ok I loved Air’s theme but Galactica works for me. Maybe doing more in the underground exit tunnel as was originally planned would be great for nonVR I know they’ve added some bright lights but it sill looks like an underground car park!

I don’t know what the future of this ride is but all I know is more needs to be done to improve it. VR isn’t working in the current way and some rethinking needs to be done!

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