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The New Revolution VR roller coaster, which opened to the public on  21 April 2016 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, Calif., USA, offers visitors a synchronized thrill ride combining real-world twists and turns with state-of-the-art virtual reality. [Image: Six Flags]

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