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Alton Towers to open new virtual reality rollercoaster Galactica in 2016

Alton Towers to open new virtual reality rollercoaster Galactica in 2016

The new ride will replace veteran rollercoaster Air

UK theme park Alton Towers has unveiled a new virtual reality rollercoaster called Galactica, to be opened in April this year.

It is the first new opening since the crash of its Smiler coaster last year, which injured 16 people and resulted in leg amputations for two victims. The incident saw visitor numbers plummet.

The new ride will replace the existing rollercoaster, Smiler.

The new Alton Towers ride will have a space theme
The new Alton Towers ride will have a space theme

The park, located in Staffordshire, announced the news on Twitter today, explaining: ‘Galactica will combine the amazing elements of our flying coaster with a virtual reality journey that sends you soaring into space.’

The 189-second-long ride – which will feature ‘virtual reality’ headsets and a G-force stronger than an actual rocket launch – will be produced by Figment Productions and located it Forbidden Valley.