The Walking Dead: The Ride is located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The attraction is the world’s first roller coaster themed around the global TV phenomenon ‘The Walking Dead’, with numerous hidden props. On weekends and peak days, actors may lurk in the corridors and occasionally they may also ride with guests.
The Walking Dead: The Ride at Thorpe Park
The Walking Dead: The Ride is a horror-themed roller coaster that mixes the theatrics of a Halloween style scare attraction with the practical effects of a traditional ghost train. The rides theming is heavily inspired by locations from the TV series including the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Prison and Terminus. The ride’s exterior theming features a replica of the iconic guard tower within a compound surrounded by chain-link fences and large corrugated metal gates.
The Walking Dead: The Ride Statistics
Top Speed – 44km/h 27mph
Original Cost – £Unknown
Est Cost Today – £Unknown
Length – 1312ft 400m
Height – 41ft 12m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel Enclosed
Lift/Launch – Friction Wheels
Inversions – 0
G-Force – 2.4g
Trains – 5
Passengers per Train – 10
Ride Duration – 2m 00s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 1996 (as X: No Way Out) 2012 (as X) 2018 (as The Walking Dead: The Ride)
Horror-Themed Roller Coaster
From the moment you join the queue line, you leave Thorpe Park behind and step into an immersive episode of the world-renowned horror TV show: The Walking Dead. The thrilling attraction combines a rollercoaster ride with live actors. Escape the Walkers at 45 km per hour, but be warned, the journey to the safe zone involves riding this horror-themed rollercoaster in the dark!
This ride features an immersive pre-ride show, live-action role-play and terrifying actors. Inspired by The Walking Dead, the iconic AMC television series, this ride is dedicated to creating a full-on themed experience. Walkers are hiding around every corner! On The Walking Dead: The Ride, it’s Fright Nights all day, every day!
History of The Walking Dead: The Ride
When the ride first operated as X: No Way Out between 1996 and 2012 the roller coaster train ran backwards. The original ride was based on the theme that a computer virus had infected the power supply of Thorpe Park, thus sending the trains backwards. The original ride held the title of The world’s first, and only backwards roller coaster in the dark. The ride underwent significant changes in 2013 when any remnants of the computer horror theme were removed and the ride’s name shortened to ‘X’. The roller coaster trains were refurbished by Vekoma to run forwards, resolving the problem of some guests experiencing motion sickness. Lighting and lasers were added meaning that the ride also no longer ran in total darkness.
When ‘X’ was converted to ‘The Walking Dead: The Ride’ in 2018, the queue line was rethemed to a zombie-infested bunker and a preshow was added.
Thorpe Park Rides and Attractions
Experience over 30 thrill rides, family attractions and unique events on a day trip or short break at Thorpe Park, one of the UK’s best theme parks.
UK Roller Coaster Rides
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Thorpe Park Roller Coasters
Thorpe Park offers a number of roller coasters, ranging from the family-friendly Flying Fish to the 205ft tall Stealth which features the fastest acceleration of any roller coaster in Europe.
An indoor junior roller coaster named X once held the record for the World’s first, theatre roller coaster in the dark. This ride has now been rethemed as The Walking Dead, a horror-themed roller coaster that mixes the theatrics of a Halloween style scare attraction with the practical effects of a traditional ghost train.
Stealth is an Intamin launch coaster themed around 1950s drag racing. The ride accelerates from 0 – 80 mph in 1.8 seconds, sending its riders 205ft into the air. Stealth has the fastest acceleration of any roller coaster in Europe and is the tallest launched coaster in the UK.
Themed around the SAW horror movie franchise, SAW – The Ride is dubbed as the world’s scariest ride. It features a drop of 100 degrees and set pieces, including rotating saw blades, to accentuate the theme.
Featuring an inverted drop, the final roller coaster in the park at the time of writing is The Swarm. This ride is the UK’s first winged roller coaster, meaning that the seats are positioned beyond the width of the roller coaster track. It has a total of 5 inversions and is 127 feet tall.
Thorpe Park Offers
Thorpe Park Resort frequently offers discounted short breaks and some great deals on Theme Park Tickets. View our webpage listing of all Thorpe Park Offers.
Food and Drink
Whatever your tastes, there is something to suit every palette from simple pizza and pasta to oriental and Mexican dishes at Thorpe Park Resort.
Thorpe Park Resort Hotel
The Shark Hotel is situated within the Thorpe Park site, a short stroll away from the roller coasters. It makes an ideal base for thrill-seekers keen to get exclusive, early morning access to the rides. The hotel sits on the banks of a serene lake and it is surprisingly easy to forget that you are just metres from some of the UK’s largest roller coasters. The hotel is close enough to the park to instil excitement, yet also offers a tranquil and secluded escape.
The on-site hotel often has some great package offers available including tickets to Thorpe Park, visit Thorpe Breaks for details.
Travelling to Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park is located 20 miles from Central London, with plenty of transport links between Junctions 11 and 13 of the M25. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction. There is also lots of accommodation available nearby.
Travelling by Train
Regular South West Trains run from Waterloo direct to Staines, which is the recommended railway station for travelling to Thorpe Park Resort.
Approximately 5 trains run per hour to and from London Waterloo, with a journey time of between 30 to 50 minutes. Staines can also be reached directly via other mainline stations. Search for your train tickets using Raileasy.
There are lots of places to stay in the vicinity of Thorpe Park. The on-site hotel often has some great package offers available including tickets to Thorpe Park, visit Thorpe Breaks for details.
If you only planning on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages near Thorpe Park available from Snaptrip.
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