You Probably Can’t Handle This New York State Ride
If you have a fear of heights and spiders, you may want to just sit this one out. For the intrepid spirit, there's an amusement park ride less than two hours away that you probably have to see to believe.
It's called Acrophobia, it's located at Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, and it's a one-of-a-kind, limited run thrill ride, combining dizzying heights, virtual reality goggles, and spiders you can attack.
You may know the attraction as the Sasquatch, but it has undergone quite a transformation, outfitted with sophisticated virtual reality programming from Samsung.
You can ride the Sasquatch without the VR goggles and it's frightening enough with 192 feet of vertical excitement. However, WITH the goggles on, the ride simulates an extremely realistic 1,000-foot climb above a metropolis that has become ravaged by spiders. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to utilize a touch pad and blast away at the "spiders" as they threaten to crawl all over you.
And be careful which spiders you "kill." If you destroy a mommy, her death will unleash an army of smaller, angrier children.
As for the ride itself, of course, what goes up must come down. So, just as you're getting comfortable with the feeling of battling clusters of angry spiders as you glimpse the city streets "hundreds of feet" below...that's when you drop.
As you "free fall" to street level, you suddenly plunge through a gaping hole in the virtual sidewalk and land on a platform in what looks like New York City's Penn Station.
This ride is running only this summer, and will be replaced by another scary concept for 2018--just in time for mid-term elections.