THORPE Park’s new ghost train officially opened and I made my way downstairs to see if I was actually brave enough to endure the “one-way ticket behind the veil into darkness”.
Ghost Train replaces Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon, which used VR headsets to scare people.
The new ride is completely VR-free, instead using live actors and multi-sensory effects to tell the spooky tale of the Believers tribe.
Daredevils (aka me) must dash past terrifying train attendants and ghost train superfans to even get to the ride entrance.
Once inside, stationmaster Angelis Mortis warns that the last train “may never return from its final destination” before asking if you want to continue – trust me, you do.
Through the waiting room, it’s time to board the blacked-out train and make your way to the haunted Chapel station.
That’s when the live-action and multi-sensory effects really come into play, think possessed actors, flashing lights and loud bangs.
Upon arrival at Chapel Station, you are led into the crypt by The Believers Tribe and forced to sacrifice your soul to Satan. Let’s just say this isn’t for the faint of heart.
Luckily, you’re allowed to re-board the train that takes you back to the land of the living, though not without another multi-sensory overload.
Then, just when you think you’re finally safe, there’s an even more spooky finale at the gift shop. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but it was very unexpected!
I wasn’t the only one trying out the new ride.
Love Island StarsAnd along with fellow Love Island legends Kem and were some of the brave celebs who tried it too.
Ghost Train is a great complement to the Swarm coasters, Stealth – the UK’s fastest coaster – and Nemesis Inferno.
And there are many more exciting events taking place at Thorpe Park this year.
The park’s own Mardi Gras returns May 18-June 11, as does theCarnival from July 21st to August 28th.
There again this yearfrom September 8th to October 1st and the popular Fright Night from October 6th to 31st.
The theme park has also unveiled plans for a brand new roller coaster that will be the largest in the UK.