We were lucky enough to get invited to the Press Launch Party of Derren Brown’s Ghost Train to give it a go and see what we thought! Below are some small spoilers and an honest review, including hints and tips to make the most of it.
First of all, you have to take into account that this ride isn’t meant to give you the same feeling as on roller coasters such as Stealth, instead it’s meant to scare you and make you get a different rush of adrenaline and although it succeeds to do so it’s down to the individual to judge whether this adrenaline rush is better than a roller coaster rush.
The whole experience is cleverly engineered to intimidate you and make you think what’s happening is real. The theming for the attraction is absolutely incredible and you can really see how much effort and time has been put into making it look exactly how the real things do, such as the London Underground Train; it looks exactly like the real thing!
Although Thorpe Park Resort boasts that this ride will make you reconsider what’s reality and what’s not we have to admit that if you don’t put the VR headset on correctly then this will not be the case. It is quite hard to put it on and get the headphones directly over your ears, if it isn’t perfect you won’t be able to hear anything. Here are some tips to make sure that you make the most out of your train journey:
- Undo the velcro almost fully or out to a suitable length.
- Put the headset on making sure it is straight on your head.
- Then try to pull both straps for the velcro through at the same time, making sure it’s tight enough for the headphones to be directly in contact with your ears.
- Headset warning: If you have trouble breathing usually try not to do the headset up too tight and possibly hold the headset up on your face to stop it blocking off your nasal passage.
The two VR sessions that you have on the train are separated by an actor filled bit which has an incredible illusion which really makes you jump! We won’t spoil that bit due to it being so brilliant! This bit will make you run, even if you don’t want to, all of the screaming of the actors and the smoke will make you run with the rest of the group. This part of the ride will really get your heart going and we can almost say that this bit might possibly be the highlight of the ride, but that is our opinion.
We can’t forget to congratulate all of the actors who work on the ride as they really help bring the experience come to life, they stay in a Victorian character even during the most challenging and fun times!
Ride Do’s and Don’t’s:
- Don’t queue for the queue if it is over an hour and a half. Although it’s quite a long experience (13-16 minutes) it wouldn’t be worth more than that wait.
- Do make sure to take water with you into the queue, the whole area get’s quite hot and inside is even hotter so make sure you stay re-hydrated.
- Don’t let problems go unnoticed, it’s been brought to our attention that a few health and safety incidents have happened inside and because it’s quite dark the staff can’t see it’s happened and thus don’t do anything about it. If you trip or hurt yourself, alert a member of staff immediately.
- Do, when it’s possible, buy a fast track for the ride. It will be worth the predicted £6+ price tag for the fast track ticket.
Watch the POV of the ride below, it does contain spoilers!
Overall rating of Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: