Posted on July 24, 2021 at 6:58 AM
Kalahari Resort at Pocono Manor, in partnership with Ballast Technologies Inc., has added a new attraction to its 222,000-square-foot water park, a unique virtual reality water slide that turns out to be the only one in the United States.
The Anaconda virtual reality water slide offers the choice of three very different experiences.
If you are brave, you can fight a medieval dragon, but if you don’t like dragons and castles, you have the option to fly through outer space chasing an alien. If it’s not the choice to take care of outdoor space, the third stage takes you on a jungle safari to run with wild animals.
If you want to try all three experiences, it’s just a matter of putting on special glasses to change the setting for a new adventure.
“I was always interested in trying to find ways to provide experiences to people. There was 3D, but I knew there was a way to find a better experience, ”said Stephan Greenwood, the creator of the 35-year-old virtual reality slide.
In July 2017, Greenwood founded Ballast Technologies Inc., the world’s first company to offer aquatic virtual reality.
The company under the direction of Greenwood created the first aquatic virtual reality diving experience. Kalahari was the first resort in the country to offer the diving experience.
“I knew that if we could snorkel, there was a way to create a water slide that offered more than just a slide ride,” he said.
Greenwood had created virtual reality slides in other countries, so when Kalahari approached him to create a slide for them, he was ecstatic, though it meant moving from San Francisco to Germany for two years to build. a similar slide for Kalahari.
The beauty of virtual software for the experience can be designed for almost any experience, so there are constantly new scenarios for slides, according to Greenwood.
When asked how much income Kalahari will get from having the slide, he replied, “I can only tell you that resorts in other countries that have the slide have increased their profits from $ 250,000 to $ 300,000.”
Kalahari also offers water slides, a wave pool with a surf simulator, mermaid classes, as well as indoor and outdoor spas.
An unlimited all-day pass for the virtual experience costs $ 14.99.
To choose your experience, scan your glasses over one of the three images on the board.
The view from where your virtual reality journey through the Anaconda begins. You are on four floors. AMY LEAP / TIMES NEWS
One of the lifeguards at the top of the slide demonstrates how to safely download the virtual reality slide.