South Korea’s largest amusement park has been running since last month a horror zone filled with actors wearing zombie makeup and scary VR content to mark the Halloween season.
As visitors in VR goggles walk around the park’s 100,000-square-meter Blood City, they are immersed in a world of horror with bleeding zombies and ghosts appearing out of nowhere.
Taking the experience up a notch is a dark, wooden hut, where a VR-equipped visitors paw the air to complete a mission to find a cursed doll as part of a story on the virtual set.
Through the goggles, the room looks more eerie as it shows rusty, bloodstained closets and furniture with spooky sound effects.
“It felt as if I was actually inside a haunted house,” a visitor in her 20s said as she left the room. “The doll looked like Chucky (from the movie ‘Child’s Play’) in the VR and the sound really spooked me.”
|Visitors board the flying broom ride wearing virtual reality headsets at Haunted House in the Everland amusement park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. (Everland)|
Another VR attraction on the second floor provides visitors a chance to become a witch riding a flying broom.
Everland introduced two new VR attractions this year at its IT-themed zone, known as the “American Adventure.”
In partnership with Korean robot startup Sangwha, the amusement park is running Gyro VR and Robot VR, which visitors can experience being a fighter pilot and a robot respectively on moving seats, wearing Samsung Gear VR goggles.
“With VR, we can provide a diversity of immersive content and experiences in limited spaces,” said Park Tae-hyun, senior official at attraction planning team at Everland. “Our VR attractions will continue developing with more thrilling and realistic stories.”
By Song Su-hyun (firstname.lastname@example.org)