A virtual reality roller coaster is a roller coaster that gives riders the option of wearing a virtual reality headset during the ride. Many companies provide these headsets, such as the Mack-operated company VRCoaster and Samsung. A virtual reality coaster can either be retrofitted with headsets many years after it opens, or it can be built from the ground up to use virtual reality.
The first known virtual reality roller coaster was Galaxie Express in Germany. This short-lived roller coaster opened in 2003 and had individual monitors which lowered over rider's heads.
In 2016, Six Flags added virtual reality to roller coasters across many of their parks.
Riders wear a headset which displays a computer-generated video that is synchronised with the movement of the roller coaster.