We went last year for 1 day on March 23rd (Wednesday) and we went for two day on 11th & 12th September (Sunday/Monday) for our annual trip. On the 23rd March we rode Galactica twice as part of their preview day/soft-opening. I believe it was only open for around an hour for people to try it out, the park was quiet. The first time around we did it with the headsets and I'll admit, it was pretty cool and a decent experience but for me, VR just isn't as fun as the traditional ride. The headsets slipped off very easily while going round, for some people it was out of sync, it increases the time taken to dispatch trains so it's not as efficient. The second time, we ended up without because the headsets were dead. The ride had only been open like 30 minutes to an hour at this point. When we went back in September, queue times were long for it, closed several times for technical issues, the selfie station part wasn't operational and once again quite a few of the headsets were also not operational.
Don't get me wrong, VR on a rollercoaster is an interesting experience but to me, it isn't worth the hassle. I know a lot of people will agree with me when I say that VR feels too overhyped, big companies are like "hey, VR sounds cool, everyone's doing it, let's do it." And I'm honestly worried that we're gonna end up in a world where everything has VR. VR rollercoasters lack the anticipation, dread, fear and excitement that comes with a traditional coaster. Seeing how high up you are, or the near misses you get, it's what makes coasters exciting, I feel bored when using the VR on Galactica. I just hope Alton don't decide to add it to any more of their rides as it's really made Galactica more and more unreliable.
If you hear people singing random songs on a rollercoaster, it's probably me and my best friend #SmileAlways
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