Drayton Manor to permanently close popular ride – here is the last date you can go on it | The Sun

THRILLSEEKERS are running out of time to ride one of Drayton Manor's most popular rides, as it will close permanently later this month.

The theme park has announced that Apocalypse will be closing for good as part of "significant investment plans" which will see the resort expand with new rides and attractions.

The final day that visitors can ride Apocalypse will be Sunday, October 30, after which it will be shut down.

However, there are still chances to experience the ride in a new light before its closure, with the park keen to give it a good send-off.

As part of Drayton Manor's halloween experiences, it will become Zombie Apocalypse between now and its closure, with guests able to ride it in the dark as part of their Night at the Manor event.

Apocalypse is a stand-up drop tower ride, famous for its 54-meter free-fall and was the first of its kind when it opened to the public 22 years ago.

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It has won multiple awards since then and was once voted the best thrill ride in Europe.

Victoria Lynn, managing director at Drayton Manor Resort, said: “We know how much our brave riders have loved boarding Apocalypse since it first opened 22 years ago, so we’re calling all thrill-seekers to enjoy one last chance to ride this October half-term.

“It’s always been such an honour to have the world’s first-ever stand up drop tower ride right here at Drayton Manor Resort, and while it’s the end of an era for Apocalypse, we have big plans in the pipeline to expand our offering and make the resort as exciting as possible for our guests.

"We can’t wait to reveal our new developments in due course.” 

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Earlier this year, Drayton Manor opened its Vikings land, which includes the UK's first Zamperla Nebulaz ride called Loki,which is a family thrill ride with eight gondolas and four rotating arms.

The Disk'o Coaster, Thor, spins guests in a giant wheel across a coaster track, while younger guests can ride the mini coaster Jormungandr.

Other rides include the Sleipnir, where guests can learn how to become a powerful god at a training school.

The theme park was featured among the best value UK theme parks by holiday rentals site Big Domain, who said that they wanted to find out which of the country’s theme parks offered the best value for money.

Drayton Manor received an average satisfaction score of 4/5, putting it in the top five parks in the country.

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