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WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?

With the help of computer technology, VR – short for Virtual Reality, is an immersive experience in which users are teleported into a 3D World. The senses of hearing, touch, and vision are stimulated in the interactive world which the computer is the gatekeeper of. The users’ eyes are the guide and every single movement is tracked and the graphics react accordingly.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Users will wear either an Oculus, HTC Vive, or Samsung Gear headset. Each has a set of different experiences and teleports the user into an artificial world where the limitations are endless. Some experiences are completely hands-free and some require use of controls similar to electronic games.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING VISIT TO VR WORLD?

Users will purchase a pass, which unlocks participation in over fifty unique experiences. Guides will lead users through each experience and ensure a full understanding of the equipment.

HOW LONG IS EACH EXPERINCE?

Depending on the experience each should last between 5-10 minutes.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Guests have a number of choices to experience VR World. From one experience and a 2-hour pass to a one day unlimited pass. Prices start at $25.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Users must be 7+ years old. Some experiences require physical movements.

DO I NEED TO PAY IF I AM HERE TO JUST CHAPERONE?

Since VR World is set like a museum or an attraction, every individual who wishes to go past our admission’s desk has to purchase a ticket, even if deciding not to partake in experiencing VR themselves.

HOW DO I GET TO VR WORLD NYC?

VR World is located at 4 East 34th St. New York, NY 10016, steps from the Empire State Building. Take subway lines B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W to Herald Square or line 6 to 33 Street Station.

WHAT SORTS OF AMENITIES ARE OFFERED?

A full bar will serve guests that are 21+. VIP rooms and event spaces are available upon reservation at additional cost.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE VENUE?

VR World is spread over three levels and approximately 15,000 square feet. Each level has different virtual reality experiences that have been developed to date.

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?

VR World is the largest virtual reality experience center located in North America and the Western Hemisphere. It features the finest and most diverse virtual reality experiences that can be used in a public setting. Unlike other venues that concentrate on a single area or genre, VR World aims to deliver the best of virtual reality taking its guests to as many destinations as possible. Each guide is truly passionate about what they do, which makes for an easy and highly entertaining time while at VR World.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR EXPERIENCES?

There’s really no such thing. Each guest finds their favorite on their own from shooting droids in space and fighting off zombies to racing on a track, flying on a paraglider, watching short films or painting   in our unique green room.

WHAT ARE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?

Follow us on Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram @VRWorldNYC, and like us on Facebook @VR World NYC

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATIONS?

Tuesday-Saturday 12-10pm, Monday and Sunday 12-8pm

DO YOU HAVE FOOD AND DRINKS?

We are offering a wide selection of non-alcoholic drinks, beer, wine and liquor. Our house cocktails will not disappoint. Try the VRWorldian, Simon’s Escape, Caipirinha Assassin or Salty Borzoi to name just a few.

CAN I ORDER A TAKEOUT AND BRING DRINKS WITH ME?

No outside food or drinks are permitted at VR World due to highly sophisticated electronics and regulations. VR World’s full bar is open from 2pm until closing to keep guests well hydrated and happy.

WILL YOU STORE MY STUFF?

We hate to say this, but there’s no storage on-site. Coming light and freely moving around the space is the best way to experience VR World.

DO YOU HOST PRIVATE EVENTS?

Whether you want to throw a corporate bash, launch event, unforgettable birthday or anything in-between VR World is happy to accommodate. Please contact: events@vrworldnyc.com for rates and availability. Make sure to mention the group size you are planning for.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER TO GROUPS?

We currently offer incentives and event coordination only for groups of 20+ individuals. Below that threshold, our current admission prices are in effect. Team Building packages for two or more hours with an open bar are available and can be requested by contacting: sales@vrworldnyc.com. Please specify a potential time, date, number of people in your party type of event and services requested so we can answer appropriately. We also offer options via our partner, Museum Hack, but they do require 48 to 72 hours advanced notice.

DO YOU HAVE GROUP SALES?

Yes.  Please contact: Jonathan Elkoubi (jonathan@vrworldnyc.com)

Things to Know

  • VR World tickets can be purchased for a timed, two-hour slot or an all-day pass. Special features such as the Moveo Flight Simulator or the Level of Horror are an add-on. Opt for the all day pass if the goal is to try more, and count on spending 4+ hours. Upon entry, you are given VR World bracelets synced to a screen name. Each experience has a tablet and scanner that read your bracelet when joining the queue for an experience.
  • Aside from the multitude of gaming options offered, VR World has the Mezzanine level with film, music and art. It also does have an on-site bar. As the time goes on towards the evening, the alcohol is more prevalent, but in a comfortable way that you can keep any company.
  • VR World isn’t an all-ages attraction. In fact, children under age 7 aren’t admitted and certain games have age requirements, while a couple of others are geared toward those over 5-foot-2.
  • Dress fashionably for comfort. These experiences are interactive. Whether you’re shooting droids, hopping fruit, or working up a sweat climbing a mountain, you’ll be moving around a lot, so you might as well be comfy. Also, beware that once you put on your VR mask, you can’t see or hear anything else around you. Travel only with the necessities in a small bag that you don’t mind keeping on you while you play, stashing near where you’re playing, or handing off.
  • Planning your next party? VR World has space to host. There are several cool party spaces for groups from 20 and over 400.
  • Lastly, be prepared for the awkwardness. You’ll look silly when you’re in the midst of a game, stuck in your own virtual world. It will be more than mildly entertaining watching your company get really into the game, and they will enjoy watching you, too. So, if there’s awkwardness, it’s of the shared variety. Just let go and have a good time. Most gaming bays have a big-screen TV where you can watch the action that’s happening in the headset, so people tend to fixate on that more than whoever is playing the game.

By Jodie Mercier