Crafted by the master of mind control, this 13-minute experience is the world’s only fully immersive psychological attraction designed to manipulate the human mind. It provides a mixture of exhilarating live action sequences, 4D special effects, grand-scale illusions, next generation technology, and physical transit.
At the heart of the island you will discover a disused warehouse. As you enter a seemingly innocent Victorian train carriage, it will soon become clear that you must come face-to-face with what lies at the end of the line. Prepare to derail your mind on a ghost train re-invented for the 21st century that will leave you questioning where perception ends and reality begins.
The ride has 12 possible journeys and two endings - so not only are no two rides the same but every journey provokes a different response and reaction for each individual passenger. So whilst guests share the journey with others, the experience is an individual one – and every journey, every sensation and every fear is quite unique.
Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is housed within a purpose built warehouse that encompasses 2306 square metres and is tall enough to house nearly three double decker buses. The main centrepiece of the attraction will be a 20 metre long, four and a half metre high, seven tonne Victorian train carriage that is suspended in mid air over three metres above ground by iron chains. A carriage which passengers enter via a metal bridge, and where the mind-bending journey begins in earnest in what appears to be a large disused Victorian warehouse.
Guests are subject to a variety of multi-sensory surprises throughout the journey including a series of high-octane live action sequences where participants take centre stage in the story. And like his TV shows and stage performances, Derren Brown toys with guests’ minds and perceptions throughout the journey on board the Ghost Train until they no longer know what is real, before leaving them on a cliffhanger ending.
The team involved in the creation of the attraction includes over 1,000 specialists from Thorpe Park’s Merlin Magic Making Creative Department and external experts who have pooled their skills.