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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:07 pm

Hi all, I'm new to the forums but wanted to chip in about DBGT. Managed to ride this during tech rehearsals and several other times. It's great to see the park took on board people's feedback and they've done a fantastic job of creating a unique dark ride experience. So happy we have this in the UK!

I've read through a lot of the 'how it works' theories. The one below is categorically NOT true looking at the original plans! I have a theory that much is achieved through particularly clever lighting effects, but I do like the idea of not fully knowing 'how' they do it. I'm pretty sure they'll have been told to tell people completely different things just to 'derail' the mind a bit more...

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After talking today to a member of Staff he had told me how the system works this was official comments to the new ride
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The Ride works with 3 trains the victorian carriage is a shell and all three platforms are in one room you just can't see them as there are mirror effects...
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:18 pm

Hi, welcome to SouthParks!

Currently I haven't read or seen a perfect theory on how the attraction works, I quite like this personally because it makes it all the more intresting!
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:20 pm

I've just been on the Ghost train and as much as it kills me to say, I was extremely disappointed. Everything about it felt messy and too rehearsed. I felt the VR scenes dragged on a bit too much and weren't scary at all. I feel like the way the ride works is being overthought completely. If I had to rate, id give the ride a 2/10. Of course this is all an opinion and I may have just had a bad ride, but overall, not all that great :(
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:37 pm

Im with Chukensky on this one... Finally rode DBGT and I was left disappointed, Well you cant knock the theming and the creation behind it all but it wasnt remotely scary or mind bending at all. Confused about the middle part as well. Of course personal opinion and hoping to go on it again in a few months. Hyped it up to much in my head I think. 4/10
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:42 pm

There seemed to be some issues this morning, possibly this have effected your experience?

I wouldn't write this off just yet, as you may find other experiences more scary than this one! :)
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:31 pm

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I don't understand how it can be rated as low as 2. Did you not notice how you get on a train hanging in the middle of a room but get off in a completely different setting and train, that's the best illusion I've ever seen on a dark ride
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:37 pm

Matt_1985 that is very impressive I think it was due to the main VR story line.
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:57 pm

Matt_1985 wrote:
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I don't understand how it can be rated as low as 2. Did you not notice how you get on a train hanging in the middle of a room but get off in a completely different setting and train, that's the best illusion I've ever seen on a dark ride


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I kinda caught on to the train moving whilst the VR was on and if you look you can see the doors in which the train enters. Team this up with mirrors, a few mediocre lighting tricks and a train shell, you get what appears to be a floating train, it was hugely given away during the second VR sequence. Don't get me wrong, impressive effort but not executed as well as I thought it'd be. It felt cheap and nasty, the actors seemed like they'd rather you rush with the ride so they can finish their day at work other than trying to actually save your life. Extremely disappointed, the pre show honestly got me so pumped but then it just dropped.


I feel cheated
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:12 pm

Thorpe seem set on revealing more and more of the attraction with them having now sent out an email linking to this page which features a short video of some snippets of the VR scenes. Naturally it contains spoilers.

There's also this spoilertastic review from Engadget.
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:32 pm

In response to smokenmirrors;
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The Theme Park Employee who spoke to me asked me if I had travelled on it already and looked very reluctant to answer my question. You can somewhat tell from the fakers to the truth's. My theory isn't a theory and is completely truthful if you look at the plans the warehouse is connected to platform one. The only divide is the mirror. And Platform 3 is covered by the Victorian Shell as I'm guessing you have not been able to look all the way behind it. Lighting has nothing to do with it well I lie there Derren Brown used an old Victorian Magic Trick called 'Peppers Ghost' a trick using Mirror raised effects to see things that are not actually there.
For anybody who would like to see if I'm full of theory's must look at this page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper%27s_ghost
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:32 am

Annual passholders can now register for a chance to attend the exclusive Summer Nights event on August 5th. Rather than first come first served the 'winners' will be picked at random from everyone who registers interest.
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:28 pm

lewis97 wrote:
Annual passholders can now register for a chance to attend the exclusive Summer Nights event on August 5th. Rather than first come first served the 'winners' will be picked at random from everyone who registers interest.


That's a bore because I already booked it off work.
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:54 pm

lewis97 wrote:
Annual passholders can now register for a chance to attend the exclusive Summer Nights event on August 5th. Rather than first come first served the 'winners' will be picked at random from everyone who registers interest.

Well that's not going to be busy
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:18 pm

thorpeparklocal wrote:
In response to smokenmirrors;
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The Theme Park Employee who spoke to me asked me if I had travelled on it already and looked very reluctant to answer my question. You can somewhat tell from the fakers to the truth's. My theory isn't a theory and is completely truthful if you look at the plans the warehouse is connected to platform one. The only divide is the mirror. And Platform 3 is covered by the Victorian Shell as I'm guessing you have not been able to look all the way behind it. Lighting has nothing to do with it well I lie there Derren Brown used an old Victorian Magic Trick called 'Peppers Ghost' a trick using Mirror raised effects to see things that are not actually there.
For anybody who would like to see if I'm full of theory's must look at this page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper%27s_ghost


This issue is, staff members can lie and probably do - as proven by how others seem to have been told something defferent.

At the end of the day no one can really confirm if these theories are correct, and so they remain as theories for that reason. :)
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:37 pm

jonny9403 wrote:
lewis97 wrote:
Annual passholders can now register for a chance to attend the exclusive Summer Nights event on August 5th. Rather than first come first served the 'winners' will be picked at random from everyone who registers interest.

Well that's not going to be busy


Yes I'm starting to think this might not be such a good idea.
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:32 am

Derren Browns Ghost Train Thorpe Park.

What a load of rubbish.

I'm really surprised that Derren Brown put his name on this joke of a so called Ghost Train ride. Staff very unprofessional, telling you to run, shouting at the deaf who only use sign language and pushing them. Health and safety doesn't seem to be in Thorpe Parks interest. Don't bother wasting your time, I had a fast pass as stayed in the hotel. Don't even expect a photo at the end, you wont get one.

Don't bother!!!!!

Absolute rubbish!!! :yikes:
 
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:09 am

You say the staff were unprofessional, yet they did exactly what they're supposed to? Unprofessional would be them being half-hearted about the whole thing whereas to me it sounds like you got a great set. You also say actors were "pushing them" (like they do to everyone), it clearly states in the attractions warning sign "the actors may touch you". In regards to them shouting at the deaf (although everyone gets shouted at), how on earth do you expect them to know that? That's the job of the person with them to alert them to move, if that wasn't clear by everyone else running. You knew before entering the ride that it was an intense and full on experience, it's not like it's going to be all sweet and calm so the fact you're essentially basing your experience on the fact that it wasn't is bewildering.

Of course your opinion is your opinion but I, and I'm sure many others, do not think it's valid from the points you raise.
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Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:45 am

Ghost Train wrote:
Derren Browns Ghost Train Thorpe Park.

What a load of rubbish.

I'm really surprised that Derren Brown put his name on this joke of a so called Ghost Train ride. Staff very unprofessional, telling you to run, shouting at the deaf who only use sign language and pushing them. Health and safety doesn't seem to be in Thorpe Parks interest. Don't bother wasting your time, I had a fast pass as stayed in the hotel. Don't even expect a photo at the end, you wont get one.

Don't bother!!!!!

Absolute rubbish!!! :yikes:

Welcome to our forums i hope u enjoy your stay :)
 
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Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:31 pm

In contradiction to 'Ghost Train' I have my first time opinions, as I have finally, after months of waiting, departed Thorpe Jct.

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I came into the pre-show, with my heart pumping, excited for the ride. The pre-show was very good, with effects etc. and an overall creepy feel. Which definitely set the mood.

Walking to the room with the actual suspended train was very well themed, although the I think they could of made it slightly darker.

Upon entering the room I was so excited. The theming of the train and ambience is astounding. You can hear faint screams and the noises. And even hear the train moving in and out of the shell.

Unfortunately I caught a glimpse of the mirror which covers the movement of he train from the far end, but I was still impressed by how the mechanics were covered up, in such a convincing illusion.

The first VR section, was a bit buggy, however still reasonably scary.

Being rushed out of the train go me going, the actors doing a great job, and the station being very, very realistic. With smell pods everywhere, and it being quite cool, along with vibration effects.

The illusion of the train crashing into you was great, and quite realistic. All the effects really added to the illusion.

Straight after, you're rushed back into a different train, where the VR section is very immersive and thrilling. The monster made me move and shout a lot.

The only criticism on this bit is the green gas bit, lots of time wasted where something could've happened. Although it must be in order to wait for the next train to depart from the suspended train room.

Then, the monster picks up the train and throws it, the physical simulation was great. After this, the ride ends and a jump scare.


All in all, the experience was great, I felt as if I was in a horror film. Very thrilling and worth the wait. (I had a fasttracks)

Apologies for the essay. :D








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