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In this undated photo provided by Six Flags New England, visitors ride the new Superman The Ride Virtual Reality Coaster at the park in Agawam, Mass. (Six Flags New England via AP)

“In terms of virtual reality, this has the chance to revolutionize the roller coaster experience,” said Colleen Mangone, director of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. “The guests physically ride the roller coaster while wearing the virtual reality headsets. So their visual line follows a story line or they could be accompanying a superhero. They are flying next to the superhero and as the superhero dives down, the coaster is diving down.”


FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2014 file photo, professional photo guide Vincent Lawrence of Seal Harbor, Maine, left, and his client Frank Gallagher, of Silver Spring, Md., move to a new position while photographing the rocky coast of Maine's Acadia National Park at dawn. Acadia is taking part in the centennial of the National Park Service this year while marking its own centennial of 100 years since the conservation of the land that became Acadia. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

“Early on the decision was made to not identify key signature events,” said NPS spokeswoman Elizabeth Stern. “That would run contrary to what we’re trying to do, which is to get people into all of the parks. The point of the centennial is to emphasize that we have 411 parks, and each one is so different. It shouldn’t be up to us in Washington to say, ‘Here’s what we want you to do.'”


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