Thorpe Park opens Walking Dead Coaster
Thorpe Park has opened their rethemed version of X: No Way Out the other day. Initial thoughts from the public are that the ride was rushed, and does not improve over the original ride in any way. While the preshow and queue areas are well done, the ride itself did not change much. Not many effects or memorable moments were added. It seems like this was more of a project to get a quick flip on the popular franchise, although a rumored 20 million pounds was spent on it, and not much work was done.
Knott's Hangtime continues testing
Hangtime was never able to make its March 31st deadline, but work is continuing to be done at a rapid rate. As shown by this screengrab of the park's webcam, all of the ride's lights are now operating and look stunning. The ride's queue and surrounding areas are still being worked on with shade structures being added, and the ride itself continues cycling until it will finally be opened.
Darien Lake receives first Tantrum pieces
Darien Lake is finally showing off their first track segment and support columns arriving for Tantrum, a new Gerstlauer Eurofighter. While the ride is a bit behind schedule due to weather, groundwork is complete and ready to begin building the track. The ride will not be ready for opening weekend, but by Memorial Day weekend is a good aim for this to open up.
Thorpe Park will be transforming the X: No Way Out roller coaster into a Walking Dead themed ride. Enclosed inside of a building, the Vekoma Enigma roller coaster originally opened in 1996.
The park is marketing the ride as a totally immersive scare experience, that doesn't just start and end with the dispatch of the train. Scare actors and other effects will line the queue and surrounding areas, making this more of a complete attraction. Replicas of props from the show will also be placed in the building.
18 months have been put into the design of the reimagined ride, and the ride's lead creator has gone back to watch all episodes of AMC's popular show to develop as realistic of an experience as possible. This will be the first Walking Dead themed ride to debut at a park. Auditions are being held to find the most realistic zombie actors from around the area to help create the desired atmosphere.
We heard about the franchise branding their show a couple of years ago, with the Sally Corp marketing their concept for a Dead themed dark ride.
Not too much more info has been released yet, as I'm sure that Merlin wants to keep much of the ride a surprise. Hopefully they have gone all out on this one, instead of touting a ride that hasn't added too much effect or scenery wise. The park is scheduled to open March 23rd.