THORPE PARK has announced its latest attraction – a Black Mirror Labyrinth.
The theme park is opening the world’s first live Black Mirror experience in late March, with a hypnotic maze that uses “cutting-edge visual technology and sensory-defying environments.”
Very little is known about the attraction so far, but an advert on the park website said: “This unpredictable digitised dimension reveals an uneasy truth that manipulates and displaces your very existence, leaving you questioning how well you really know yourself.”
No additional ticket is needed to visit the attraction, it is included in the main park ticket price.
Two years ago, the park launched another attraction based on a hit television show – The Walking Dead.
The announcement of the new Black Mirror experience was greeted with mixed opinions on social media.
Die hard roller coaster fans were disappointed that there wasn’t another new ride in the making, but other theme park fans welcomed the new project.
One Twitter user said: “Not another IP maze. C’mon Merlin build a new ride or coaster.”
One Twitter user called Adam Oliver said: “Why is everyone saying Thorpe needs a new coaster. They have the best five in the UK, they don’t need to ever replace them”
Another called Zoeyy Green said: “Did anyone really expect a coaster with the lack of building work around the park this year? Expect one next year at the earliest but likely 2022.
“I didn’t expect anything but a maze inspired by one of my favourite TV shows will be fine. Better than nothing.”
There are plenty of new additions to British theme parks this year, read on to find out more:
1. Gulliver’s Valley, Yorkshire
Gulliver’s Valley is a brand new theme park opening in the UK this year.
The £37 million park is being built in Yorkshire, featuring 70 new rides.
Across the 250-acre park will also be an indoor-entertainment area and lands including Wild Western World, Toy Land and Lost Jurassic World.
Hotels with themed prince and princess rooms will be on-site, as well as glamping options.
2. Tornado Springs at Paultons Park, Hampshire
A new 1950’s Americana themed land called Tornado Springs is coming to Paultons Park in 2020.
Eight new rides, designed for kids up to the age of 14, will open, including the Storm Chaser rollercoaster and The Cylonator pendulum ride.
The theme continues into the eating establishments – Route 83 Diner will offer meals for families while Al’s Garage will sell sweets and snacks.
It will be the fifth land for the park, which also has Critter Creek, Little Africa, Lost Kingdom and the UK-exclusive Peppa Pig World.
3. David Walliams attraction at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
ALTON Towers has announced that it’s launching a huge new ride based on David Walliams’ popular children’s book, Gangsta Granny.
The story will be brought to life as a new 4D experience where guests will join the main characters in the book as they attempt to steal the crown jewels in what’s supposed to be the greatest heist in the history of the world.
It’s the fastest selling book since JK Rowling’s Cursed Child.
4. Duplo Dream Coaster at Legoland Windsor, Berkshire
Legoland’s first rollercoaster in the Duplo Valley is set to open in March.
Duplo Dream Coaster will be suitable for kids under three years old and will be part of the Tiny Feet attractions.
Little more is currently known about the ride but the park said passengers would be “swooping through a topsy turvy wonderland full of colour and a sprinkle of magic, they can be sure they will meet all sorts of cool creatures along the way…”
It will open just in time for the Easter holidays.
5. 10-Inversion Coaster at Flamingo Land, Yorkshire
Still under wraps is the new rollercoaster at Flamingo Land.
Rumoured to be called 10-Inversion Coaster, it will feature ten inversions – hence the name.
According to RCDB (Roller Coaster DataBase), it will have top speeds of nearly 53mph, and height of over 100ft.
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