You can now fly aliens or fight fire-breathing dragons from Kalahari Resorts to the Poconos.
America’s largest indoor water park now has the country’s first and only virtual reality water slide. He partnered with San Francisco-based Ballast VR to develop the project.
“We focus specifically on virtual reality for water parks and resorts,” said Stephen Greenwood, who co-founded Ballast Technologies in 2017.
It took more than a year to develop with the complex.
Housed in a waterproof housing that fits your head, the sensors synchronize the slide and the headset.
“We’re currently in 15 countries in about 40 different locations,” Greenwood said.
“There are three experiences to choose from. There’s a space experience where you navigate the galaxies and follow an alien boat through meteors. There’s a safari with cheetahs, rhinos and giraffes. And there’s a dragon experience where you cross a castle and fight a fire – breathing dragon “.
Of course, I had to try it myself. I chose Safari.
At first, I was skeptical, but it’s very realistic, maybe a little too realistic.
“It’s all a lot of fun. It’s an unexpected combination,” Greenwood said.
And it’s probably just the beginning of a new way of living amusement parks.
“We come from a Silicon Valley environment and when you apply that kind of mindset to the entertainment space and the atmosphere of a resort, I think really magical things can happen,” Greenwood said.