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Vampire at Chessington World of AdventuresSubmitted by SilPho on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 20:37
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Apr 11, 1990
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Vampire is an Arrow suspended swinging roller coaster, and one of Chessington World of Adventure’s flagship rides. It is designed to evoke the experience of flying like a vampire bat, and starts in a heavily-themed station complete with a creepy animatronic organist.
The coaster hits a maximum height of 70 feet and a top speed of 45 miles per hour as its weaves around its circuit, which includes two lift hills. Much of the ride takes place in a wooded area, although a short section sees riders soaring over the rest of the Transylvania area.
Originally, the ride featured bat-themed trains suspended from the track, but following numerous maintenance issues these were replaced in 2001 by new Vekoma-built floorless trains.Review:
Given Chessington’s current focus on younger guests, it’s hard to imagine another ride like Vampire being built at the park. Thank goodness it’s already there, then, as it is one of the best rides of its type in the UK.
Like all great suspended roller coasters, the real thrill of riding vampire comes from the thrill of having the scenery whip past your feet at close proximity. It also features some great drops and turns, including a very fast and enjoyable corner located inside a tunnel.
Chessington’s real strength is the theming of its rides, and Vampire doesn’t disappoint. The coaster has possibly the best-themed loading area of any ride in the UK, and the woods surrounding it are an appropriate location for a vampire to take flight.Top Tip:
Vampire is very popular with Chessington visitors, and can become swamped early in the day. Ride first thing, or wait until near the park’s closing time.
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Video: Chessington World of Adventures celebrates Vampire anniversary, opens Azteca Sea Life exhibit
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 07:32
Chessington World of Adventures is continuing to run a series of events celebrating the 21st anniversary of its Vampire rollercoaster, with a new Sea Life exhibit also now open at the park.
Video: Vampire anniversary celebrations begin at Chessington World of Adventures
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 07:37
Chessington World of Adventures has begun a series of events to celebrate the 21st anniverary of Vampire, the park's popular suspended rollercoaster.
Chessington World of Adventures to celebrate Vampire rollercoaster's 21st anniversary
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 08:32
Chessington World of Adventures is planning a series of events to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Vampire, the suspended rollercoaster that opened at the park in 1990.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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