Thorpe Park Unveils Derren Brown’s Virtual Reality Ghost Train
Thorpe Park has finally unveiled Derren Brown’s top secret theme park ride, which will take the form of a high-tech ghost train and will see passengers wearing Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.
Described as a ‘Ghost Train re-invented for the 21st Century’, the new theme park ride from the TV illusionist is set to be the first of its kind.
The new ride is set to open in the spring (Thorpe Park Resort)
Taking the form of a seven tonne, 20m long, 4.5m tall Victorian train carriage supspended in mid air by iron chains, the ride promises to ‘derail guests’ minds with a series of multi-sensory experiences’.
Passengers enter the train carriage using a metal bridge and will experience a mixture of live action sequences and 4D special effects.
Derren Brown commented: “I firmly believe that this kind of multi-sensory, mind blowing attraction represents a glimpse of what the future holds for theme parks the world over”.
The collaboration with Derren Brown has been in development for three years (Matt Alexander/PA Wire)
The ride makes use of tech brand HTC’s Vive VR headsets which sport high-definition displays and give the wearer a 360-degree viewing experience.
The ride is designed to last between 10 and 15 minutes and is apparently ‘not an experience for the faint hearted’.
The HTC Vive headset allows will give passengers a virtual reality experience (HTC)
To avoid every ride being the same, there are 12 possible journeys for passengers to experience, along with two different endings.
Brown appealed to visitors to keep the details of the ride a secret to avoid spoiling the surprise for others, saying:
“Akin to my shows, I ask that when you board the train, the secrets remain mine and yours to share and fear, and you don’t spoil the experience by telling others ahead of their visit”.
Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is due to open in the spring, following three years of development.
Image credit: Thorpe Park Resort