Knott’s Announces ‘Showdown in Ghost Town’ VR Experience to Debut in April


It was just a few weeks ago when the news was broken that they’d be developing a VR based attraction with VRSTUDIOS. Shortly after we have our official announcement and it will be based on the park’s historic Calico Ghost Town, with a twist of course. Robots have taken over, and only you and friends can defend the sleepy down in this interactive, free-roaming experience.


Buena Park, CA – March 8, 2017 – Knott’s Berry Farm, its parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment and VRstudios announced today the details of the first permanent installation of a free-roaming, multi-player VR experience in a U.S. theme park, which will be located inside the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk Arcade. A new custom and industry first virtual reality (VR) experience, “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” will make its debut in April, and is exclusively available at Knott’s Berry Farm.

The immersive and interactive VR attraction will invite guests to embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town.

The one-of-a-kind immersive experience perfectly combines virtual reality and a competitive gaming realm that will captivate guests. Armed with state-of-the-art wireless virtual reality headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. At the end of the VR competition, guests will be able to view and compare scores with their fellow opponents.

“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain our guests,” said Christian Dieckmann, Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth. “By using a free-roaming system, we can take full advantage of the capabilities of VR and let our guests be the stars of the show. A majority of people have not yet experienced VR, and we anticipate there will be a lot of interest from guests to have their first taste at our park.”

This is one of many additions coming to the farm in 2017. Later this year the boardwalk is receiving a brand new outdoor BBQ Dining Venue. In Fiesta Village the addition of the Sol Spin flat ride will occupy the former location of WIndseeker! At Soak City, the park is currently undergoing its largest expansion ever receiving 2 brand new water slide towers, and this is all in addition to the wonderful seasonal events. The Boysenberry kicks off in a few weeks as well as Knott’s Merry and Scary Farm late this year. If you’re a fan this is a wonderful time to visit Knotts!

Showdown in GhostTown is will open in April and will be a small $6 up-charge. Are you looking forward to fighting robots in Ghost Town? Let us know in the comments below!

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