Chessington World of Adventures has begun a series of events to celebrate the 21st anniverary of Vampire, the park's popular suspended rollercoaster.
The celebrations will run for 21 days, ending on May 1, 2011. Planned events include a special walkthrough "horror maze", temporary additions to Vampire's queue line, character meet-and-greets and fancy dress competitions.
The headline attraction of the celebrations is The Twilight Zone, a temporary addition alongside Vampire. The interactive, walkthrough experience in the dark features live "scare actors".
In addition to the Twilight Zone, other temporary additions to the park during the Vampire 21st anniversary celebrations are:
- Batty the Vampire - the friendy character wanders around the Transylvania area, greeting guests.
- Real life bats - are featured in the Vampire queue line.
- Free entry offer - the first 21 "Young Adventurers" to arrive in full vampire fancy dress each day are given free entrance to the park.
- Fancy dress competitions - contests take place daily in Market Square.
Vampire is an Arrow suspended swinging rollercoaster, located in the Transylvania area of Chessington World of Adventures. 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.
One of the most popular rides at Chessington World of Adventures, Vampire hits a maximum height of 70 feet and a top speed of 45 miles per hour.
Theme Park Tourist will be at Chessington World of Adventures this weekend, and will feature a review of the Twilight Zone soon afterwards.