Following the successful debut of three virtual reality (VR) water slide attractions in Europe over the last two years, Ballast VR has announced that its unique virtual reality waterslide is now open at Vana Nava Water Jungle in Hua Hin as the company’s first major attraction in the Asian market.
“Our guests have been amazed at how perfectly VR technology is adapted to the slides,” says Natha Jamasevi, Operations manager at Vana Nava Water Jungle. “It has unlocked a new level of excitement for them and inspired many to try new experiences!
“After the temporary closure, we relaunched the VR campaign, and we now have had over 16,000 paid VR riders in only 4 months and over 14 million impressions. Despite the challenging situation with COVID-19, the VRSlide technology has brought new guests and repeat guests to our park.”
The VRSlide system uses a patented method of sensors and cutting-edge software to synchronise virtual reality visuals with a real-life waterslide experience. Each installation uses 25 VR headsets to keep a consistent throughput. Guests have the choice to ride with or without VR.
The VR headsets are charged through wireless docks when not in use and are monitored over a secure Wi-Fi connection to evaluate the day’s activity. The latest installation, at Vana Nava Jungle Water, is Ballast VR’s first two-person vehicle version, which doubles the capacity of the original product. Guests at the park can enjoy three different VR experiences:
- Snow Dragon – an adventure through a snowy castle defended by fire-breathing dragons, where riders must overcome a series of traps to find the cave of hidden treasures
- Mystic Jungle – a journey through a mystical jungle world, custom made for the attraction, with waterfalls, exotic plants and a psychedelic cavern
- Sky Temple – an exciting land in the sky, filled with temple ruins, hot air balloons and floating islands which are home to fanciful animals.