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A somewhat rare Vekoma Enigma model. When it opened, X:\ No Way Out was a small yet feisty coaster, delivering thrills in the dark, coupled with flashing lights, mist spray and sound effects.

A disorientating dark queue line, a fake lift batching system, loud robotic sound effects and UV lights created a unique and interesting experience.

It was also (and still is to this day) the world's first and only backwards roller coaster in the dark.

After a decade of operation, Thorpe Park appeared to neglect the ride. The old queue line effects were removed, the light and sound effects were always broken and subsequently never repaired.

What was once a interesting ride soon became nothing but a dog turd on the bottom of Thorpe Park's shoe.

Riders used to travel backwards on X:\ No Way Out through a series of swooping up and down turns. Unfortunately these turns are short lived as the trains stop several times throughout the ride.

This spoils the flow of the ride and leaves guests feeling underwhelmed and thinking more "X:\ WTF" and glad that there is a actually a way out!

On 12th March 2013, Thorpe Park announced that X:\No Way Out would be transformed; the trains will face and travel forwards with new lighting and sound effects.

On Good Friday 2013, the transformed ride, billed as "a ride on a wave of light and sound", opened to the public.

The queue line was refurbished and new effects were put in place. The ride is essentially the same as before (it still stops every 10 seconds) but now is less nauseating as it travels forwards.

Ride Information

  • Location: Thorpe Park
  • Opened: March 23, 1996 (March 29, 2013 as X)
  • Cost: 

 

General Statistics

  • Type: Steel
  • Manufacturer: Vekoma
  • Designer: Vekoma
  • Lift/launch system: Drive tire lift hill
  • Height: 42ft (13m)
  • Drop: 32ft (9.8m)
  • Length: 1,312ft (400m)
  • Speed: 28mph (45km/h)
  • Inversions: 0
  • Duration: 2:00
  • Capacity: 700 riders per hour
  • G-force: 2.4
  • Height restriction:

 

 

 

 

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