Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures)

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Vampire
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Chessington World of Adventures
Location Chessington, Greater London, England, UK
Park section Wild Woods
Status Operating since 11 April 1990
Height restriction 1.1 m accompanied / 1.3 m unaccompanied
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations John Wardley
Type Steel - Suspended
Product Suspended Coaster
Riders per train 24
Propulsion 2 chain lift hills
Height 21 metres
Top speed 72 km/h
Length 670 metres
Inversions 0
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Vampire is a suspended roller coaster located at Chessington World of Adventures in Chessington, Surrey, England, UK. It opened in 1990 in the new Transylvania area of the park. It was designed by John Wardley and manufactured by Arrow Dynamics.

Theme

The ride station is heavily themed as a very gothic abbey, using dim lighting and dramatic music. The queue line passes through a graveyard, before heading through a crypt and dark corridor which leads to the loading platform. Of particular note is the animatronic organist within the station which 'plays' a large pipe organ along to the theme music close to entering the grave yard themed area.

Modifications

As Vampire showed its age, it suffered from numerous breakdowns and maintenance problems. At this point the manufacturer, Arrow Dynamics, had gone bankrupt, meaning little could be done to rectify these issues. The Vampire had to close for the latter half of the 2000 season, and at this time it was thought to be permanent. However, instead of being removed, the decision was made to modify the ride, and also add excitement with new floorless trains built by Vekoma.

A few changes to the track were made, but nothing major, as this would require planning permission (which was unlikely to be granted). The trains were replaced with new Vekoma trains, which are nearly identical to the ones seen on their Suspended Family Coaster model. The modified ride reopened in 2002, with the new trains still operating today. They provide a totally different riding experience.

Design

Trains

3 trains with 12 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train.

Manufactured by Vekoma.

External links

  • Vampire on the Roller Coaster DataBase.