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Cedar Point’s Iron Dragon takes a virtual turn, roller coaster to have VR headsets at night

By Craig Webb Published: July 12, 2016

Virtual reality has finally landed at Cedar Point.

Starting Friday select riders on the Iron Dragon can don virtual reality headsets for a new ride experience on one of the park’s classic roller coasters.

The VR rides on the coaster will be offered between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly.

Park spokesman Tony Clark said the track layout is the same, but guests will watch an animated video in their headset that offer a 360-degree view of the virtual surroundings.

“While the ride is in motion, the animation closely matches the movements of each car for a riding experience like no other,” he said.

Clark said the virtual reality on the Iron Dragon is in a “beta test” and guests must sign up to participate. Riders also have to be 13 years and older.

The number of ride slots are limited and reservations begin at noon near Iron Dragon’s entrance.

The suspended steel coaster off the park’s midway in Celebration Plaza opened in 1987 and has a top speed of 40 miles per hour.

The testing is part of the Sandusky park’s Cedar Point Nights that runs from Friday through Aug. 14.

To mark the last 31 days of its prime season, the park will be open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

The park will have live bands and food from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Cedar Point Beach.

Once the sun goes down, the Beach Glow Party will take over.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. and lasting until the park closes, Clark said, the “beach transforms into a multi-sensory experience, including massive color-changing inflatable lighted sculptures and glow cubes.”

There will be a DJ taking requests. But the park will also host a “silent disco,” where guests dance to their own music style through park-supplied wireless headphones broadcasting several different genres.

The glow party will also have master fire performers with whirling snake torches and blazing hula-hoops.

There will also be a nightly fireworks display.

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