‘Ark Encounter’ opens virtual reality experience taking people “back in time” to Noah’s Ark
Visitors take part in the "Truth Traveler" virtual reality experience at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. The program organisers and managers claim to be “passionate about utilizing VR’s potential to share biblical truth.”
The creationist theme park Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky has launched a $3 million virtual reality experience that aims to show visitors what it would be like to travel back to see Noah’s Ark and the Genesis flood, – The Christian Post reported.
The park, owned by young earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis, officially opened its first virtual reality theatre called “Truth Traveler” to the public on Monday with the showing of its first virtual reality show titled “A Flood of Reality.”
“It is a very high-tech experience,” said Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham, a Christian apologist and author, in an interview with The Christian Post.
“The program itself starts at the Ark Encounter and then takes you back in time,” he said. “You see them building the ark. You fly around the ark and you actually see the floodwaters and you see the ark at the end with a rainbow.”
“You fly through the ark as well and see animals in the cages,” he added. “It gives you a sense of being there and experiencing it.”
At the end of the virtual tour flying around the Ark, the video shows a holographic image of Christian apologist Ham, who gives a Gospel presentation to the audience. ‘Ark Encounter’ worked with the owner of a company called ‘Virtual Truth Experiences’, who is “passionate about utilizing VR’s potential to share biblical truth.”
“The seats are the highest-tech seats you can get. When you put on the virtual reality glasses and then the program is underway, you actually feel like you are flying.”
While the Ark Encounter theme park doesn’t have any rides in the original sense, Ham said the new virtual-reality attraction makes users feel like they’re on “an actual ride.”