Ghost Train: Derren Brown and VR themes removed

Ghost Train, Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is re-launching the former Derren Brown’s Ghost Train as a virtual reality-free version entitled Ghost Train.

The Surrey theme park said the experience will feature “an entirely new storyline and special effects” as well various live actors.

“Ghost Train is one of the UK’s longest ride experiences featuring live actors and multisensory effects to create a terrifying attraction like no other,” a dedicated ride page reads.

RideRater understands that the original illusion-based ride system is being retained.

Ghost Train, Thorpe Park
Concept art for the original Derren Brown’s Ghost Train

The ride’s precise opening date has not yet been confirmed, nor has any need for timed entry slots.

Thorpe Park said it would confirm the ride’s height restriction closer to the Ghost Train’s opening.

Darren Brown’s Ghost Train opened in 2016 at a cost of £13 million. It was re-themed with a ‘Rise of the Demon’ sub-title the following year.

The enclosed dark ride has attracted considerable criticism for its reliability and late openings, particularly in recent years.

It was mothballed for an extended period during the COVID-19 pandemic due to hygiene concerns over the use of VR headsets.