Coney Island’s Spook-A-Rama Brought to Life Through Virtual Reality in the Dark Ride Project

spook-a-rama-dark-ride-project-coney-island-nyc-untapped-cities5Image via Joel Zika/Dark Ride Project

Just in time for Halloween, Deakin University lecturer, Joel Zika, presents his newest virtual reality video of the historic Spook-A-Rama ride at Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. This time, he’s taking us on a 360-degree journey through a spooky, decorated tunnel to shed light on one of the last remaining rides created by the Pretzel Company.

Today, only 18 dark rides are left in the world – a drastic drop from the 1,700+ that used to exist in the mid to late 20th century. Zika, who has spent the last 15 years researching these “moving haunts,” is determined to preserve the experience through his Dark Ride Project, the world’s first VR initiative to capture the thrill of haunted house rides around the world. In the process, he hopes to create a historical archive of popular culture.

spook-a-rama-virtual-reality-joel-zika-coney-island-brooklyn-nyc-untapped-cities-shervinImage via Joel Zika/Dark Ride Project

Using specially-prepared VR equipment, Zika has already filmed historic rides in Australia, Florida, West Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, and Delaware. A crowdfunding campaign, which successfully raised over $13,000, will allow him to continue the project into 2017.

spook-a-rama-dark-ride-project-coney-island-nyc-untapped-cities4Image via Joel Zika/Dark Ride Project

For more information and to see the rides in VR, click here.

Next, see our previous coverage of Coney Island’s Spook-a-rama and check out 27 Secrets of NYC’s Coney Island.

 coney island, spook-a-rama, The Dark Ride Project, Virtual Reality, Wonder Wheel Park

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