03.03.16

Thorpe Park’s latest attraction harnesses VR tech

UK theme park Thorpe Park has revealed details of its virtual reality Ghost Train ahead of its opening on May 6, 2016. Derren Brown, English celebrity illusionist, has worked on the design of attraction that uses VR HTC Vive head sets and takes place in a 20 metre long Victorian train carriage that is suspended in mid-air with iron chains.

The park describes the 13 minute experience as “the wold’s only fully immersive psychological attraction” that offers 12 possible journeys and two different endings. 

Visitor attractions are increasingly tapping in to virtual reality and display technologies to offer powerful immersive experiences and stand out in a competitive market that has seen theme parks and cinemas not only compete with each other but against home entertainment technologies.