Derren Brown’s Ghost Train – Review

I’ve finally been able to go to Thorpe Park this year. I’ve been busy with getting into Uni and advancing in my job. Now because I’m settled, it’s time to get back into the Coaster vibes again.

I went to Thorpe Park on one of its Fright Nights, and my, it was so fun. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go into the mazes as my party did not have the guts to face the terrors within, but, I got a big slice of Derren Brown’s creation. I approached the derelict themed warehouse, taking note of the exterior, it had a rusty touch and a paranormal feeling about it. Everything was very detailed, from the fading “Thorpe Jct” to the ripped posters.

I don’t want to give away too much, but we go into a room with a Pepper’s ghost of Derren Brown. He tells us to be part of “the secret” which is exactly what I’m going to do. I was enticed by this preshow and was ready to face what was coming ahead. A grumpy train conductor led us to the suspended train. The room was dark and the conductor was impatient as ever. He shouted “Hurry up you lazy lot” and phrases like that which made me laugh. I went into the train. This is where I won’t give anymore in terms of how the ride goes.

However, I will talk more about the HTC Vive, as this deserves an opinion. When placing the headset on, the words were quite blurry until I had it lined up with my eyes. When adjusted to my preference, I looked around the area, I was blown away as this was my first time in VR. But as the story progressed, I was slightly let down by the graphics, a bit of blurriness, wasn’t picture perfect. I believe since HTC Vive is still quite new, there are a lot of improvements that could be made. Having said that, I still had an immersive experience.

After the ride was complete, We were all lead to the souvenir shop, where they had interesting items. I brought a T-shirt and Pin badge. Coming out of the shop, I was pleased with myself that I went on this marvel.

Now, the Score

Experience: 8/10

VR : 6/10

Scare factor : 4/10

Story: 6/10

I really enjoyed this attraction, I was blown away by the mechanisms and the story. The theming was exceptional, something Thorpe Park have done well. Saw:The Ride was probably the first Thrill ride to have quality theming, followed by The Swarm and the Ghost Train. The effects were exhilirating, and added a depth of paranormal reality into it.

The VR was a little bit of a let down, but was still able to immerse me into a different world. The graphics could have been improved, however the areas created were well thought out.

I really thought this was going to scare the hell out of me (I hate horror movies), but it really wasn’t that scary. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it certainly enabled me to engage with the Attraction a bit more. There was no shock value or one off gimmicks, just a good experience.

The story was good, but just a little bit muddled up. That did not stop me from enjoying the experience.

Overall, The experience was amazing, the VR needs a bit of work and the attaction isn’t too scary (which is good for chickens  like me) and the story is almost excellent. I’d definately recommend it to someone and I would experience it again. Well done Thorpe Park!


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