Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by Ketz, 23rd Mar 2015.
Yo dawg, I heard you like spoiler tags...
Must admit, I am amused that for all the genuinely impressive technology used on this attraction, the 'sensory effects' are
staff frantically touching your knees and arms.
I want to know what they'd do if you took your VR headset off in that section.
You'd just see random Thorpe Park staff members grabbing at you hopelessly, looking bored!
there is more to it. In the tracking room there is the smell of gas (something like that) that's about it though
This idea is very amusing to me. I also want to know how they chose the staff who seemed like the best fit for such a unique responsibility.
I did sneak a peek under my headset on the second time round and the carriage is pitch black so it'd be very difficult to see anything.
Can you imagine the advert?!
Danny I wonder why it needs to be that dark? Do the staff have night vision and talkback in ear so get cued in for touching?
I was lucky enough to get on the first ride on Saturday - the one where following a few false starts, the ride was totally switched off whilst a bunch of mechanics came in to fix a faulty door switch in the train carriage. Fair play to Thorpe for not knee-jerking and getting us off the ride as soon as a fault was found; everyone seemed quite happy to sit and wait for the mechanics to do their work... even if it did take about 25 mins!
Short verdict: it's impressive. The Park have attempted something ambitious and overall I'd say it's worked. It's by far the best implementation of VR technology I've experienced in a Theme Park; VR works so much better on a tailor-made dark ride than it ever does on a coaster. But there are downsides; the story is somewhat strange, the flow of the ride is a little disjointed, and VR is very much in its infancy: I predict that without the required upgrades over time, this ride will feel pretty old, pretty quickly. I'm not sure it's especially scary either.
Long verdict: is available at Total Thorpe Park, along with photos and more, although note there are plenty of spoilers!
I'm pleased for the Park: despite delays, this is nowhere near a flop. I saw one guy leaving the ride shouting to his mate that it was "way better than Smiler". If that's the general sentiment from the public, Thorpe have produced a winner.
I was on the train after you. If you waited by the gates, did you possibly see some geeky teenager running backwards and forwards between the gates and the queue and taking photos of signs?
Good to hear that people didn't mind being stuck on the ride. I was just outside and over the tannoy they kept telling us to remain seated (I assume they didn't mean to play that one to the queue line).
I believe it's dark to aid the VR illusion if the headset is loose, as you can see the daylight glaring under Galactica's headset if it happens to be loose. I'm also fairly confident they have talk back devices as that seemed to be how they were communicating to the operator when we were told the ride would be reset and we'd be given a second go.
I'd remove the interior photos immediately. You're told not to take photos when inside the building.
Meh, what are they going to do? This is Thorpe, not Phantasialand!
Looking at those pics, I have to say that the Interior looks like no tube stock I've ever seen.
It looks good and sounds like quite a unique experience. The level of detail in the ride building looks good, which is always a bonus. Especially for something done by Merlin!
How does this perform throughput wise?
....and that's why the general public cannot be trusted with nice things. Comparing a dark ride to a coaster.
Good to see they've got it open though, albeit with a few teething troubles.
I am surprised they didn't notice you taking them, I would have thought for the first few weeks at least they would be on the look out for picture takers! Anyway as someone who has a bad back so couldn't go on the ride, I am glad you did!
I'm not the one who took them, just to be clear. That review has nothing to do with me.
Sorry to keep the spoiler tags up, but I can't believe nobody has commented yet on the fact that during the finale,
a creature literally throws a shipping container at your train. Even in a fantasy VR world, Merlin can't keep away from them.
some kid started filming inside and uploaded it to youtube, wont link it but if anyone does find it, mute it. It gets painful on the ears (The kid, that is).
I wonder how whoever took them got away with it.
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