I have always liked the
Vampire, an excellent family ride, and a good laugh for the older
generations - I certainly came of the ride smiling.
It is a bit tatty
though, certainly needs a spruce up, but things may start looking better
- they even have the organist working now - rejoice!
Although some people might think this
ride is total crap, I think it is totally GREAT. I went on the Vampire
at the end of the day and the ride operators put the speed up and it was
going really fast and just one more thought the front is the BEST!
You can't "put the speed" up on a
roller coaster as it is powered by gravity. The ride is, incidentally,
worse than ever. Repair that organist, now!
I hit my leg really badly on a tree or something
which bruised it. The ride operator refused to believe me, even though I
could hardly walk! An absolutely appalling ride.
I haven't experienced any of the problems above,
but I think I preferred the ride before. The area looks really manky.
I think Coaster Kingdom's report on the Vampire
was too harsh. The problems you say that you encountered have never
happened to me. Every time I've ridden at the front I have never been
pushed into the lift at 30mph!!
You should also give Chessington time to sort
out the landscaping as I'm sure they will in time. Personally I think
its not better than the original but its still a good ride.
The clunk happened to me too. I really cannot
enjoy a ride if it does this. I have ridden in front about eight times,
and it has happened twice. I really don't like the ride any more.
I loved the old ride of this, I am going back in
Sep. and I really want to see the new enhancements!
The Vampire is possibly the best family
coaster around. The new Vampire seems faster than previous and the new
cars give a more intense ride than the old "bat" cars. The
rides only downfall is the sorry state of the site which looks like a
bypass is about to be constructed through it. I feel though that Vekoma
is to blame for this as they increased their charges to Chessington,
meaning the park hadn't the budget to fund landscaping. (Fact, as my dad
works for ride maintenance at the park). I'm sure Chessington will
improve the site in time. As for Vekoma they've paid the price as
they've kissed their racing coaster order goodbye!!! P.S Marcus your
other ratings for the ride all average about 3, yet you rate it overall
as 1. Are you mad, this ride is way better than that which is why I give
I really enjoyed this ride but it feels
exactly the same as the original. It is not really worth the wait in my
opinion because I had to wait 1hr 20mins and on the sign out the front
it said 45mins!
No Name Given
What has happened to this once great
ride? Theming is terrible, the new cars OK but nothing special and the
station has no dramatic atmosphere anymore. In the year that it was
closed they could have at least painted the track. I'm afraid the
Vampire is no longer the flagship ride it used to be.
A good update from the4 original, but
it still lacks the thrills of a good coaster. It could do with slightly
more theming in the queue area.
Nooooooo....This ride used to be the
most amazing family coaster! Before the re-theme, I went on it in about
97/98 and it was amazing. I was only 6 or 7 at the time and it was brill,
the highlight I seem to remember being the fast tunnel, which was pitch
black, at 45mph, and the cars were able to sweep through the grass.
Parents were very happy to go on it and would come off happy, and us
kids felt like we had conquered a major coaster.
This ride simply sucks-BIG TIME! They
have ruined it (they being Vekoma, not Chessington). I mean, what is up
with the purple coloured seats. I never knew vampires are resembled by
purple-red would have been more relevant, but purple...I mean couldn't
they have at least added bat wings on the sides or something (look at
the sides of the Duelling Dragons trains). Come On.
As for the highlight (tunnel) it is now
about a 3 metre section under corrugated iron, which is not really any
darker than normal and means that the old plain walls (no paint,
naturally) are seen. No longer a thrill, just a quick turn.
As for sweeping through the long grass?
Nope, the "new" trains mean that peoples legs would be
battered so instead a big trench has been dug...and left...as just
mud...come on. However, my complaint with that is with Vekoma again as
looking at a previous review it looks like it was their fault for
raising the prises, meaning that Chessington could not afford to
The ride has got so bad and the
openness makes you realise how slowly you're going, instead of making it
As for the station, the theming is poor
as the organist is broken, the old coffins have been removed, and the
train is lit up too much, not only causing us to see the braking
machinery, but the bright white lights light up the whole station,
ruining the effect. Again, I suspect Vekoma had something to do with
this "new, great" idea.
All that I can say is that I hope
sometime in the near future, Chessington, with the extra money that they
are getting from Dragon's Fury, will close Vampire for another season,
but this time put back some new coffins, sort out the whole station, and
hire a new company to sort out the trains even if it is only a B&M
style side. There is much potential for this ride and I remain positive
that Chessington will do something.
But as it is at the moment, for
children, disappointing; for adults, appalling.
The vampire is just ok. Nothing special. I'd
give it two stars, but the ride has broken down every time I've been and
the queue is far too long (on my last visit the queue was an hour and a
half, but then the ride broke down and when they reopened it later in
the day, it only ran at half capacity, so the queue length doubled, to
three hours! 15 mins max. is nearer the mark!) I feel I'm being a bit
harsh but, I'll have to give it 1 star with queues like that.