Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures) - OnRide02:41

Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures) - OnRide

Park Chessington World of Adventures
Location Chessington, Surrey, England, UK
Status Operating
Opened 11 April 1990
Height restriction 43 inches (109 cm)

(Under 130cm must be accompanied)

Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer John Wardley
Type Suspended
Model Suspended Coaster
Riders per train 24
Riders per hour
Lift/launch system 2 Chain Lifts
Top speed
Length 2,200 feet
Inversions 0
Steepest drop
Maximum g-force

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.


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.


As Vampire started to age, it suffered from numerous breakdowns and maintanence 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 removal, 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 2001, with the new trains still operating today. They provide a totally different riding experience.


2 Trains with 12 rows of 2 seats eachEdit

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

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