Thorpe Park Resort and Chessington World of Adventures Resort opened their gates to Merlin Annual Pass Holders this weekend for their passholder Celebration weekend offering the first chance to take a look at all the developments which have taken place over the closed season. We took a look at all the changes at both Resorts.

Thorpe Park Resort

During the closed season there’s been a substantial amount of progress on the Resort’s newest attraction for 2016 – Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. The warehouse exterior is now fully themed creating an imposing impression at the centre of the park. The exterior features a number of nice features, including painted signage towards the roof of the building, and distressed and broken windows to help reinforce the abandoned warehouse theme. Much of the main queue-line is complete, at the entrance to which is a set of metal gates featuring the now familiar symbol of five people with linked arms, and above which stands a metal sign bearing the name of the ride. Within the queue-line is situated a small building which looks to be what could be a queue-line shop, however this is yet to be confirmed. Paving in the main entrance plaza for the ride has now been fully laid, although this only appears to be in a limited area with the rest of the floor being tarmacked which in places does take away slightly from the overall effect. There is no sign of the signal tower which appeared on the plans for the attraction which suggests that this has been scrapped.