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Thorpe Park's new rollercoaster tester swings into action

Jordan Middleton's career has reached new heights - after she landed her dream job as a rollercoaster and attractions excellence tester at Thorpe Park Resort.

Roller coaster tester Jordon Middleton 27 is one of the first people to experience the new ride 'The Walking Dead: The Ride' Credit: SWNS

Jordan's first day in the role saw her try out their new The Walking Dead: the Ride, for passenger comfort and fright value.

Jordan, 27, is more than qualified for the job - having ridden 840 rollercoasters in more than 50 different cities and countries around the world.

Credit: SWNS

Jordan, who has been at the theme park for the last three years, but has just been appointed as Attractions Excellence Manager, said:

'Rollercoasters first became my obsession from the age of about 14, so this is a dream opportunity for me.

I remember being taken to Adventure Island in Southend when I was really little, and we also holidayed in Florida regularly, so I was fortunate enough to experience all of the theme parks there.

But in my mid to late teens I joined a website called Coaster Force where you had to tick off rides all around the world - and I like a challenge.

I do my best to get to as many theme parks as I can.

– Jordan Middleton
Middleton at Bobbejaanland, Lichtaart Credit: SWNS

Soon after she discovered the Coaster Force site and her quest to conquer as many around the world as she can swung into action.

Over the last ten years, Jordan of Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey has travelled to America, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Finland.

She is planning to visit Hong Kong to ride Mystic Manner at Disneyland, and China where she will board the Bullet Coaster at Happy Valley in Shenzen and in Beijing.

Then she will head to Abu Dhabi to ride the fastest coaster in the world, the 149.1 mph Formula Rossa on which riders have to wear goggles to keep sand out of their eyes.

Middleton at Bobbejaanland, Lichtaart. Credit: SWNS

We pride ourselves on ensuring that our rides and attractions are the best they possibly can be and will be part of a thrilling day out for everyone."

I'm delighted that Jordan has taken on this new role, to test our rollercoasters and attractions for their scare credentials, using her many years of expertise.

We'd love for our visitors to return as many times as they can throughout the 2018 season to enjoy our series of unmissable events as part of the Year of The Walking Dead, all of which will have been road-tested by Jordan beforehand.

– Dominic Jones, Divisional Director at Thorpe Park Resort