How To Train Your Dragon VR Swoops Into iFly Skydiving Centers

by Jamie Feltham • February 4th, 2019

Ready to fly like a dragon? A new How To Train Your Dragon VR experience is swooping into iFly centers in the US.

iFly offers indoor skydiving using massive fans. In the VR experience instructors drag you around in mid-air while you visit the world of the movie. Inside VR they’ll have a choice of two flights, following either Hiccup or Astrid from the film. You’ll glide alongside Toothless as if you were really with him. The app is designed to promote the latest movie in the franchise, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

You can check out a trailer for the experience above. It features exclusive content in which the cast of characters use wingsuits to try and fly like dragons. That sounds safe, right? It’s a pretty great way to capture the experience of flying in VR. Exactly what headset is being used with which tracking system isn’t known.

Don’t expect this to be the type of experience that ends up making it to home headsets, though. It looks like the type of experience that’s heavily dependent on external hardware.

Trips to iFly start from $86.95 and there are locations across the US. First time flyers will need to undergo two training flights before they can experience the piece. Sadly the experience doesn’t appear to be available in Europe and the UK.

This isn’t the series’ first brush with VR. Back in 2014 DreamWorks created a New York Comic Con attraction to promote How To Train Your Dragon 2. It was running on an Oculus Rift DK2. Remember those days?

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