NOTE: This is a very sinister and foreboding attraction. You have been warned. Area
Guests enter the small area through an abandoned office block. Its windows have been smashed, the doors torn down, and all interior is in a poor state. To add immersion, the office block smells of urine. Once they have left this building,this song
plays at a moderate level. At the back of this small area is the cinema, where a large chunk of the ride is set. It is an old cinema; its red paint is peeling off; the doors have been covered by big sheets of rotting wood. The Pandemic logo is where the film listing would be, as in this image (edited promotional image for Thorpe Park 2013):
To the left of the façade is the entrance to the attraction. The sign is held up by splintered wood.Queue
The queueing area is separated by dilapidated brick wall. The path meanders over a boggy field, with many upturned trucks, canisters and trees. Every time the music hits the dramatic portion, many flame and smoke effects switch on. Some parts of the queue even wobble. After this section, the queue enters a partially destroyed house. Despite the dirty pots and pans, there is no sign of life. This song
and this one
play. Eventually, guests find themselves at the back of the Cinema. Inside is a straight corridor of ten meters, which is dimly lit in blue. Old film posters are hung around. This room is deadly silent. At the end, is the pre-show.Preshow
A large number of guests enter the small dome. It is also lit in blue. To one side is a bar, with dusty stools in front and smashed bottles behind. Once the door has shut, the lights go off, and the show begins.
The curved wall of the bar is a large, 360 screen. It displays a globe.
“You find yourselves inside the middle of a hell. A hell where nothing lives. The world was hit by the plague with zero warning. Before we knew it, corpses lined the streets. But they stood up. Walked. And spread the disease. You find yourselves in a cinema, months later. We have developed the cure. We need someone, someone to round up the infected and send them to their end. You are their bait. You have the job of taking them to damnation…” As this is said, the globe slowly turns red, showing the infected areas. (Music
) As soon as the show ends, the door flies open, and a soldier (covered in blood) jumps out. He shouts at you, and orders you to follow him.Station/Scene one- The Bathroom
Guests are shouted at by the Soldier as they make their way through a long, dark, smoky corridor. There are miniature air-jets in the floor that activate at random (as used in Hocus Pocus Hall
). Some other soldiers jump out, barking orders as they make their way to the station.
The station is a destroyed bathroom, with toilet-doors instead of air gates. Each door is in a different state. Some have been ripped in half, some have bullet-holes gaping through. All ride-ops are dressed in Army camouflage, and rush guests into their seats (to suit their character and push throughputs). The soldiers leave, the toilet doors shut, and the show begins.
Suddenly, there is a loud bang and flash in the corner, plunging the station into darkness. When they come back on, there are several members of the Infected standing by the walls. The train suddenly speeds up and out of the bathroom.
The train speeds through several other rooms, including a screen, the kitchen and the box office. Each room is infested with the Infected. Many jump out at the riders faces, some squirt water as their “spit”. When the music
gets intense, this signifies the beginning of the scene.Scene two- Trapped
Eventually, the train bursts through two large doors into a very small, dark, smoky room. The train comes to a halt. This room is very small to make it very intense and claustrophobic. Bangs and screeches can be heard from behind, as if the Infected are trying to break in. The train goes back and forth minutely, trying to bang the door in front. As the doors ahead open, the train rushes forward, and into the city. (Music
)Scene three- City of the Undead
The train slows down, but it still moves quite quickly. This scene is all about adding tension and nerve, rather than delivering straight up scares and screams. Surrounding the track are many dilapidated buildings. Some have smoke rising from their windows, and one has a large fire bursting out the top. Many dead bodies line the streets (like Scene 6 of Shadows: Light Within
). One particular body has a concealed water sprayer in its mouth, so it seems he/she is coughing up blood. Some Infected bodies crawl across and stumble. (Music
)Scene four- Rest
After you have been round the plague ridden streets, the train enters an Elderly People home. Inside, the old fashion music
sets the scene. The dim lights slowly fade, on and off (like in Th13teen’s station). The train circles around a circle of seats, where one person sits. The old man has a bloody neck; half of his glasses are missing. The train then travels down the corridor. Either side are doors, where the rooms are. Several doors burst open, with the Infected reaching out for the riders. The train suddenly rushes out of the building.Scene five- The Lab (Finale)
As the train leaves the Elderly Peoples home, many Infected citizens “chase” the train into a laboratory. There is a big sign saying “INFECTED RESTORING ZONE”. The train bursts through the doors, and there are large tanks surrounding the track. Each has an Infected person trapped inside. Green gas rises in each chamber; the bodies twitch as their skin bubbles and their neck moves and ceases. The rider sees Soldiers forcing Infected ones into chambers and switching them on. The music
is very intense.Offload and Exit
The train enters a hospital, full of people receiving treatment. Once guests have left the train, they must pass through “Decontamination”. This is a small section that is very similar to the ending of Nemesis Sub-Terra. Many strobes, water effects, and soldiers jumping out wearing gas masks. The music
is not too "in your face". The second section has a different feel, and is much more intense. These are people who have lost their families, and see you as responsible. These people get very close, question you, shout at you, and cry at you. Some wield axes, some don’t. At the very end, there is a traditional chase by a man with a chainsaw. This is to ensure that Pandemic is a memorable experience. The music
is very loud. The exit is to the right of the façade, inside a shop. This is a great suspense builder, as guests can see other guests bursting out the doors.
That's another project done! Once again I'd like to thank you all for paying attention to the project. It's been a fun one to work on. My next project will come out in February Half-Term... January will be very busy, devoting most of my time to http://projectsck-6.weebly.com/
, which is due to come out just before opening day. Have a very Merry Christmas!