The UK’s first VR paragliding experience is open and welcoming its first riders at Brighton Palace Pier.
ParadropVR is provided by Immersivity Ltd and operated in partnership with Brighton Palace Pier. The new attraction combines state-of-the-art VR (Virtual Reality) and paragliding to create a unique and thrilling experience.
The new VR paragliding experience is located on the western side of Brighton Palace Pier, within the Fun Fair.
Riders are suspended in a paragliding harness and wear a VR headset to simulate the flight of a real paraglider. While doing so air jets are directed at them to recreate the sensation of soaring at rapid speed.
Immersivity is a provider of immersive experiences and rides for the attractions industry. It specialises in rides that harness new technologies to offer shared and immersive experiences. Its expertise lies in VR, AR and other immersive technologies.
A VR paragliding experience that “does something really special”
Martin Howe is Chief Executive Officer, Immersivity. He said: “This is a truly unique ride, that does something really special. The virtual-reality headset also offers incredible detail and movement. And, because you’re strapped into a suspended harness, just as you would be if you were paragliding, you feel like you’re genuinely flying.
“We’ve had people who literally can’t stop yelping and screaming as soon as they’re on the ride – which we think is a good indication of just how good this is.”
As well as shrieking at the jaw-dropping scenery flying past, ParadropVR riders can compete with each other. They receive points for every target they successfully fly through. High scores go on to a global scoreboard, meaning Paradroppers can gauge their skills against other riders.
Immersivity CEO Martin Howe is also promising this will be the first of many rides and is keen to hear from other potential operators.
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