Just before I start, I just want to say this is not a spoiler, it’s just a little post to tell you guys about my experience, and how I felt on the new attraction at Thorpe Park.
As you may already know, Derren Brown is a professional, and a very good illusionist. I have actually only ever seen a couple of his TV programmes as they really freaked me out, as what he said actually worked/happened to me sitting at home.
So Derren Brown is opening his very own attraction at Thorpe Park Resort. He has designed a virtual reality ghost train attraction which took 3 years to complete, and there were over 1000 people involved in the creation of this attraction.The ride is 13-15 minutes long itself, when compare to a roller coaster which is what, 20 seconds long? Is a pretty decent amount of time.
So, we went to Thorpe Park on 2nd July 2016, and the attraction wasn’t officially open for the public, although it was opening randomly throughout the day for technical rehearsals, we keep walking past it to see if we could get in, but every time it seemed to have shut down. But to our surprise, about 10 minutes before the park closed we saw that the gates were open so we managed get out way in and into the queue.
As soon as we got into the queue, the music really sets the scene. Whilst in the queue waiting, there were 2 booths which you would go in which was a great effect with the attraction, but I won’t tell you what happens inside those, it’s a secret!
Once we finally got to the front and into the attraction, I was immediately terrified, and this was just at the introduction. We were told if it got too much and we did’t like it, to close our eyes and even raise our hand if we wanted to get out- so this made me think, what the hell is going to happen?!
As we walked into the room where the attraction was, I was mind blown. The room just looked like an abandoned railway, but the train was just dangling in mi-air. Once we got onto the train, we had special virtual goggles which we had to put on, once these were on we couldn’t see anything around us as it covered our whole faces, including ears as we had speakers in the headsets too. What happens next I won’t go into as I don’t want to ruin the attraction for you, as after all it isn’t even open yet!
All I can say is, what an experience that was. I was absolutely terrified and speechless, clinging onto my boyfriend arm for the life of me. About halfway through the ride, something happened which I thought was real life, and it freaked me out so much I could’t tell what was real and what was fake, but just like everyone else we went along with it as I wasn’t even sure if it was part of the ride or not. We also ended up being in a completely different place with different surroundings at one point, and I have no idea how we got there, as the train is hanging in mid-air.Mind = blown.
The things that went through my mind were crazy, and it really does play with your mind. I came off the attraction and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I just could’t understand what had happened and how. That’s why I wanted to write about it for you guys, it blew my mind.
If you are going to Thorpe Park in the future, you just have to go on this ride. It is not like something I have ever seen or experienced before and was a really good experience for me, even thought it absolutely terrified me. A lot of people weren’t as scared as I was (I am a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to ghosts and horror) but they were still just as mesmerised as I was at how it all happened. I must also say that the staff on the attraction were amazing too.
The opening date is still not yet confirmed as they are still doing the rehearsals and making those finally tweets to make it perfect for the public. I feel very lucky to be one of the first few people to have experience the new attraction.
You need to experience Derren Brown’s Ghost Train – It’s not what you think your normal ghost train is.
Love always, G x