Well us old school coaster enthusiasts would say this is heresy. But hey we are talking about an amusement park ride. The main question is – “does it add to the experience and make it more thrilling?”
The answer by most who have experienced it, (without a long line and technical glitch) is a resounding YES!
FOR EXAMPLE- THE NEW REVOLUTION:
The New Revolution (formerly known as Revolution, Great American Revolution, and La Revolución) is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf and designed by Werner Stengel, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 8, 1976. The New Revolution is the world’s first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop and has been recognized for that accomplishment by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), who awarded the roller coaster its Coaster Landmark status.
On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced that Revolution would be refurbished for the 2016 season marking the roller coaster’s 40th anniversary. It will be renamed The New Revolution, and its track will be painted white and blue. The ride will receive new red, white, and blue trains with the lead cars of each train featuring a silver eagle ornament mounted on the front. The new trains will also be fitted with lap and calf bars. The elimination of the highly criticized over-the-shoulder restraints is intended to provide a smoother, more comfortable ride experience with additional airtime.
Six Flags announced on March 3, 2016, that The New Revolution would be among several rides at various parks that would receive a virtual reality (VR) upgrade. Riders will have the option to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding. The illusion is themed to a fighter jet, where riders fly through a futuristic city as co-pilots battling alien invaders. The feature will debut with the coaster when it emerges from refurbishment and reopens to season pass holders on March 26, 2016.
It reopened to the general public on April 21, 2016.
On February 8, 2017, Six Flags announced that The New Revolution would offer a new VR experience known as The New Revolution Galactic Attack, the world’s first mixed Virtual Reality Experience powered by Oculus VR, the experience is around an alien invasion, in space, in which as riders crests the lift hill, the setting changes into an intergalactic battle seen from an fighter spaceship cockpit. It became available to the public on February 25.