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Cedar Fair Closes FEARVR Virtual Reality Horror Experiences at Three Parks

Sandusky, OH, USA (September 27, 2016) — Cedar Fair has closed FEARVR, a virtual reality horror experience playing at Knott’s Berry Farm, California’s Great America, and Canada’s Wonderland, for the duration of Halloween Haunt and Knott’s Scary Farm.  A Q&A with FEARVR producer David Love can be found here, along with a link to photos of the attraction taken by photographer Joseph Gutierrez for InPark Magazine.  Cedar Fair has supplied the following statement to InPark regarding the closure of the attraction at California’s Great America:

California’s Great America is proud of its popular annual Halloween Haunt event.  For nine years we have delivered unique and immersive haunted experiences to our fans and loyal guests.  Our evening attractions are designed to be edgy, and are aimed at an adult-only audience.  Over the past week we have heard from a number of people expressing their concern that one of our temporary, Halloween attractions – FearVR – is hurtful to those who suffer from mental illnesses.  Contrary to some traditional and social media accounts, the attraction’s story and presentation were never intended to portray mental illness.  As it is impossible to address both concerns and misconceptions in the Halloween timeframe, at this time we have decided to close the attraction.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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