Political leaders are known to chase the electorate for votes in the General Election , but Thorpe Park has taken it to new horrifying levels.
The theme park is getting into the election spirit with a new “terrifying ghost train ride into the political unknown”.
After renaming Derren Browns Ghost Train to POLL-TERGEIST, the ride will see the three main political party leaders make an appearance to scare thrill-seekers.
The General Election-themed attraction comes after Thorpe Park polled 18 to 24-year-old Brits, and found more than half (55%) believed that Theresa May is the most frightening candidate to be in power.
The new attraction POLL-TERGEIST promises to leave guests “paralysed with fear” as they’re confronted by the party leaders, who will be quite literally chasing people for votes in the “infected area2 – the live action section of the ride.
Live action characters will mimic mannerisms of each leader, and be aptly dressed in their political leader’s synonymous attire with Theresa May showcasing her leopard print heels and navy power suit, Corbyn in his herringbone brown blazer, tie-less shirt and baker boy hat, and Farron in his classic plain suit and shirt combo.
A team of eight prosthetic experts spent six weeks creating the masks, working with illustrators to design the caricatures of the three politicians.
The masks are made from fibreglass and are created from intricate clay moulds based on the caricatures.
Dominic Jones, divisional director at Thorpe Park, said: “Ahead of the forthcoming general election we’ve renamed one of our rides the ‘POLL-TERGEIST’ to get young Brits engaged in politics.
“We have remodelled our multi-award-winning attraction Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of The Demon to bring the election debate to the young generation in an engaging and immersive format.
“Inside our new election themed ride, you will find live actors playing the roles of political party leaders, May, Corbyn and Farron, literally chasing our guests for their votes.”
The initiative follows a study by Thorpe Park Resort of 1,000 18 to 24-year-old Brits, which found that the majority (83%) of respondents stated that they would be voting in the upcoming General Election.
However, of the millennials polled, more than four in ten (44%) of the 18-24-year-old Brits found party policies confusing and don’t know who to vote for.
The study claimed three-fifths (60%) of 18 to 24-year-old Brits believe that Labour has the best policies to support the younger generation, in comparison to Conservatives (11%) and Liberal Democrats (6%).
Whilst more than half (53%) of respondents admitted to being scared of the prospect of Theresa May running the country, in contrast to Jeremy Corbyn (18%) and Tim Farron (13%).
Thorpe Park’s election campaign follows concern from all sides that 18 to 24- year-olds are failing to engage with the election and use their vote following the 2015 general election, when more than half of all those in the age bracket failed to use their vote, according to data from Ipsos Mori.
Mr Jones said: “We are doing all we can to encourage debate and engagement amongst our customers around this election and early feedback has been very positive.
“This follows our latest initiative where we offered anyone aged 18 to 24 entry to the park for a reduced rate, if they registered to vote before the May 22 deadline.”
The resort discounted tickets in a promotion, offering £20 park entry for to registered younger voters .
The Park resides in the Runnymede Borough, led by the appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, RT Hon Philip Hammond.
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