“ Amusement ride at Thorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN, England. „
This ride is fantastic. Based on the Saw film series, you queue (for hours and hours and hours) in a Saw themed queue, with barbed wire and blades etc. Seriously, the queues can be quite ridiculous, and there is little to look at in terms of entertainment and such. We queued for two and a half hours about 6 weeks after the ride opened, and as we left the ride, the queue time had shot up to four hours.
You finally get inside a warehouse like area, with TV screens playing Jigsaw's message to the riders and creepy music which adds to the atmosphere. There are moments that you think "what am I doing here...?", and that's before you even get on the ride! You have to climb up stairs totally in the dark to get to the area where you can enter the ride, and the whole thing is extremely daunting.
The ride probably is the scariest at Thorpe Park. It starts off indoors, pitch black, and you zoom past dead bodies and creepy displays. The whole thing is very eery. There is a shock drop on the ride which gives you a taster of how scary the massive drop later on in the ride is going to be. When you leave the warehouse, you are presented with a great view of the park. The pinnacle point of the ride is the huge drop, which is vertical... and terrifying. Going down the drop is less terrifying than being chain lifted up of it; being pulled vertically so slowly made my heart sink a bit. You look to the side and you see the whole horizon but it's completely the wrong way round. There are moments when the chain lift purposefully stops and drops you just a few inches, just to make you feel just that little bit more unsafe/uneasy. You really just have to scream that one out... or sing it out as me and my friends often do. The ride is one that you can very much enjoy if you just scream your way through it :) You are able to purchase photos and videos of your ride experience afterwards if you wish too.
'Saw': The ride, is now not the most recent addition to Thorpe Park's inventory of rides but is probably still the most popular from recent years. It is based around the popular series of Horror/Thriller films, 'SAW' and I think the park owed it to Lionsgate the producers of the SAW movies to make the ride fit in well with the film series and to meet visitors expectations, particularly when the films have a large fan base. I personally feel that this ride is one of the better themed rides at Thorpe Park and they have put in a lot of thought regarding it's design rather than just plonking the ride in with no thought. I find that this is more reminiscent of the American style theme park where every ride appears to be more about an experience rather than just the ride itself. This ride is designed to build up the anticipation even from before you're in the queue line.
The queueing system
This ride has a queue system which is long and winding in order to be able to cope with long queues and has a barbed wire effect on top of the metal fences which make you feel like you're queuing in an abandoned compound. The queue time for the ride is shown on a display at the front of the ride and there is a fast track entrance for if you have a fast track ticket in order to get you onto the ride quicker. While you're in the queue you can see that the queue will end up in a warehouse style building and from that point on you don't know what's in store inside, however you can see the rollercoaster itself while you're queuing! I went on this ride a couple of weeks ago and noticed that a new addition is a retail stand within the queue which sells refreshments, though if you have a weak stomach I'd recommend bypassing it! Both times I've been on this ride the queue time has been an hour and that's been on relatively busy days and I think an hour is a suitable amount of time to be waiting for such a popular ride.
Once you get inside the 'warehouse' this is when the SAW theme really starts to take off. You are queuing in a dark warehouse with some banging/air rifle type noises and there are TV screens dotted around where the Jigsaw doll comes on the screen and the famous Jigsaw voice starts talking to you like he talks to his victims in the SAW film, using the popular phrase 'I want to play a game...'. This and the barbed wire queue line really starts to build the anticipation for the ride itself, rather than just standing in a boring queue line with nothing to look at or do. As a side point, it doesn't matter if you haven't seen the SAW films because you can still appreciate the design and find the ride just as scary, if not more scary!
As it's a rollercoaster type ride for health and safety reasons you need to be 1.4m, having worked at a theme park before I'd like to note here that you shouldn't argue with the staff about this, it's there for your safety because the restraints are made for someone of that height and the general nature of the ride may be unsuitable for someone shorter than 1.4m. Before you get on you need to hand over any loose items like bags to the staff who will give you a wristband which you use to get your items back afterwards. Don't take small items on the ride, it's amazing how much damage something small like a coin or a mobile phone can do if it falls from a height at speed and hits someone! Alternatively it could be quite difficult to remove from the ride area so it might be lost forever!
On the ride you sit in rows of four in small carts and you have your typical rollercoaster style restraint which goes over your body. The staff come to check these before sending the ride which makes you feel well looked after! I'm not going to spoil the ride for you but it starts inside the warehouse and is extremely relative to the SAW theme, and you then find yourself outside preparing for what I think is the scariest part of the ride! You see, the overriding feature of this ride is the style of the rollercoaster track because the track becomes vertical so you are slowly taken up a vertical climb and then on the other side there is what they call an 'inverted' drop because you go slightly beyond vertical before leveling out again ready for the rest of the loops in the ride. I actually find going up worse than coming down, I hate that feeling of slowly going up a vertical track and the way down goes a lot quicker! It feels really high speed but also fun and will definitely leave you out of breath!
Once you're off the ride
Hopefully you won't be feeling too nauseous! When you exit the ride you can look at your ride photo (and buy it if you feel so inclined!) and you can visit the SAW ride shop where you can buy SAW themed merchandise as well as refreshments. You're then free to roam the rest of the park for the day having hopefully survived the SAW experience!
Overall this is a really fun ride and I don't think it would disappoint any SAW fans or anyone that had never seen the films!
After going to Thorpe park 4 times at different periods of my life, after riding on Stealth which is supposed to be scary and fast, this one tops it all.
I personally have not seen the Saw films as of yet, but know the general theme of gore and blood and a weird creepy fellow called Jigsaw.
This year was my first experience of Saw, I had only just eaten at KFC with my friends (BIG MISTAKE!) and while being tentative about going on the ride, we thought it would be popular enough that we would have to queue for a long time to give us enough time to digest.
The Queue line is made creatively, the fences have iron railings and barbed wire along the top, the inside of the housing of the ride looked desolate and creepy with broken and bloodied mannequins strewn about the place.
Getting to the front of the ride, my friend felt a bit sick, but I told him to stick it through as we were already sitting in our seats. I felt a little nautious myself seeing that the ride has a totally vertical climb and a very thrillingly scary drop past some chainsaws. The ride starts off indoors and you get thrown about above a bloody pool of dead matter and Jigsaws face appearing on television screens creepily and saying weird things. I had to close my eyes on the vertical incline, it felt like impending doom. I closed them on the way down to hold my food in and then I opened them and went white.
I have never screamed so loud, I have never heard guys scream like girls before.
After getting off most rides, the normal feeling is to want to go through the rush of it all again, but as it is a traumatic experience on the senses despite the pure thrill, we all decided otherwise as we all had exceedingly wobbly legs after getting off the ride.
I went to Thorpe park a few days ago (My family finally convinced me to go as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to roller coasters) The first ride we went on was Saw: The Ride due to the increasing queue times (often exceeding 2 hours at peak times). The first part of the queue line was rather un-interesting - a lot of fences, faux barbed wire and rather menacing looking contraptions. However, the indoor section of the queue was far better - once inside, you forget you're in a theme park and believe that you're actually inside a creepy warehouse. Fair warning - as this is a ride themed to a man who create elaborate booby traps for his victims, there are one or two scattered about inside the queue line. A shotgun firing bursts of air from the ceiling certainly gave me a fright!
When you enter the main station, you are asked to hand over any bags or loose items to a kiosk, where wristbands are given out so that you can reclaim your belongings after the ride is finished. The seats are arranged in 4 seats per row, 2 rows per car and is a single car train. You are secured in by a over the shoulder restraint - I confess that there isn't much space for your hands to move when you hold onto the grips. And off we go!
I'm not going to review the indoor segment of the ride as I would rather keep it a secret and encourage you to go ride it for yourself to find out. However, the indoor section was a nice touch and certainly surprised me!
Once outside, you are faced with the tower of doom - a 100ft vertical climb. The position was certainly different and increased the tension as you rose into the sky (Admittedly, the puppet's laugh was not helping with my nerves!) Suddenly, the car lurches forwards and you plunge down a 100 degree drop - beyond vertical. It was quite a rush, a steep free fall to the ground felt amazing! You narrowly miss some rotating "blades" and continue with the ride - a variety of inversions, turns and drops.
Overall, i would highly recommend this to a friend, even if they do not like the film series - it's certainly very thrilling and I would defiantly go on it again, given the chance
I went to Thorpe Park on Friday for my 18th birthday and the first thing we went on was Saw-The Ride. Running from the entrance, it took less than five minutes to get there, despite being in the far corner of the park, and being one of the first to arrive, we boarded within five minutes.
Before I describe the ride itself, let me tell you some background about the ride. Sponsored by Lionsgate studios, the ride is inspired by the SAW films and the whole area is themed with saw traps and an abandoned police car sits next to the SAW Shop, selling goodies to do with the ride.
The queue line is formed by a series of barbed wire fence and even the bins are rusted. As you progress along the queue, there is music playing as well as radio transmissions from police to screaming victims which create a horrifying atmosphere.
What makes this ride stand out is that as you move further along the queue, there is more and more interactions with the surroundings, especially when you enter the warehouse building, you'll be surprised at the theming which continues to scare. If by the time you reach the boarding deck and you haven't freaked out yet, congratulations!
There are four trains of one car on Saw- the ride. Each one has two rows of four and are dispatched in pairs. The majority of the ride happens outside the warehouse, but surprises again await whilst you are inside which I won't spoil. Let's just say you will not expect what happens if it is your first time.
Upon exiting the warehouse, you will be chain lifted up to the beyond-vertical (100 degree) drop which is visible from the outside, and the one that bypasses the rotating bloody spikes. You can feel the gravity pulling as you reach the top, and the slow moving car at the top really teases you and freaks you out as you tip to fall. The 100ft drop gives you so much adrenaline and is perhaps the most extreme part of the ride, despite sharp banks and inversions. The ride lasts for 100 seconds and by the time you reach the end, you really feel fantastic and can tackle the other rides with ease.
Yesterday was my second time on the ride, my first being on opening day March 14th 2009. Despite the ride closing for the majority of the day, we managed to get on in the morning, and even with the technical errors, we only waited forty five minutes to get on. We even got free tickets and fast tracks due to the ride's closure, which we thought was very well done by Thorpe Park.
Donned "the scariest rollercoaster in the world", which I don't believe to be true, as personally Oblivion at Alton Towers scares the crap out of me without much enjoyment, whereas SAW certainly excites and thrills beyond any other rollercoaster I've been on.
Saw the ride is one of the most popular rides in Thorpe Park, as you probably know it is themed on the movies saw. The building you go into looks like a warehouse, to the side is a merchant shop for saw. I didn't go in but I did see in other shops there were saw medals and trophies saying congratulations you survived saw the ride, pens that look like injections and limbs! They must also be in the shop with more things to buy.
Before entering the queue as you walk up you see a police car with blood on it, tape around it and siren noises coming from it. At the right of the warehouse you see the fake spinning saws that you drop towards. The left is the queue and the ride next to it is the saw maze!
Like all the other rides in Thorpe Park it tells you how long you're going to queue for, when I started queuing it was 50 minutes but at least it was warm and didn't need to stand freezing.
It's like a maze with metal fencing and barbed wire going around the back of the warehouse and you go into zones at each part of the queue - it also has a number if any bad behaviour is going on that you can phone, hidden speakers randomly yell things police are saying like calling for back up etc, behind the fencing is rusted tools used in the movie, car doors etc.
And not that it matters but there are bins in the queue if you get hungry during the long wait!
After my long wait right before I went on they added an extra cart (I'm not sure what to call it if I'm honest) since there were much more people now. You go into the warehouse where it is dark and very creepy, you can hear a gunshot as you walk up the stairs there is also a side for fast tracking which I wasn't in but on Halloween people with the pig masks stand!
Luckily none were there this time, as you walk up you need to keep stopping in the queue and a tv comes on, Jigsaw talks to you telling you the game is going to begin - if you look upwards at this part you can see barbed wire and a body above your head.
Finally we are at the top! Hand in your belongings for them to store and they'll tell you where to stand.
There are two rows on each with 4 seats in a line the bars come over your head which they will check and the two carts go at the same time.
You go into the darkness and the first cart speeds off, I was in the second so it stops and jigsaw comes out on his tricycle and tells you if you are worthy of your life you will survive and this is what happens if you lose, you speed off as he laughs.
Still in the darkness you go down a drop, go round and stop, air hits out at you. As you come out of the warehouse you go round a corkscrew - I would recommend you don't put your hands up because I felt it looked awful close to the ground at this part.
As you come towards the drop you will stop, if you look upwards it says Game Over and off you go, your back is flat down so you face right up to the sky, when you get to the top you go straight down a vertical drop and go under the spinning saw. I felt going up was worse than down.
Right after the drop you go upside down and quite a few angles where you're leaning to the side you then slow down and go back into the warehouse so you can collect your things. Again you need to go downstairs which crept me out and had to run out the door!
By the time I had come out the queue was almost 2 hours long, get to the ride as early as you can!
I felt the queue was awfully long but was worth the wait, managed to theme it better than I thought. Downside would be that the ride wasn't very long since you wait usually for at least an hour before you actually get on the ride.
I knew nothing about this ride prior to my arrival at Thorpe Park about a week ago, so much so that I thought it was new - it was still being referred to as 'new' in the maps and on the park posters. In fact, it was premièred last season.
I am a roller coaster fan and have high expectations. I will get that out of the way first, so as to qualify some of my descriptions. I may inadvertently 'underwhelm' something that the average theme park fan will find breathtaking or scary. I also had not seen a single 'Saw' movie prior to this, so all of the novelty value and brand association was lost on me.
I got to Thorpe park quite early, and me and my girlfriend made a bee line straight for this. I anticipated that it would be busy as it is a heavily advertised feature, and even though it was an overcast day the week after half - term holidays finished, there was still 45 minutes queue worth of people with the same idea as me.
You enter into a 'Saw Zone' through a large gate/archway with fencing either side, and a disused Police car prop to your left. A merchandise stand is directly in front of you, and there is a live action 'experience' called 'Saw Alive' to your left. That is basically a 'walk through' human chain where you go into 5-6 rooms themed on the Saw movies, and actors will attempt to scare the BLEEP out of you! Its quite well done, but I will go into that in another review I suspect. Anyway, beyond the merchandise stand and to the left is the queue entrance to the Saw ride itself. The ride is built into a disused warehouse to the right of this and next to that is the point at which the ride itself plunges vertically 'through' giant rotating (fake) saws and into a 360 degree loop. This grabs everyone's attention, and invariably it will be the point at which you decide to go on the ride or not. It will scare a lot of people, but for me it was almost a written invitation!
The queue entrance has a red digital display above it telling you how long you will queue for. Pay attention to this, as the queue has cleverly been disguised behind the 'warehouse'. It is a giant maze, lined 10 feet or so high with grating, fake razor wire and other props designed to make you think you are entering something from the movies. There are regularly repeated 'oh my god, where are they, send in backup, watch for traps!' radio chatterings from unseen speakers, designed to distract you from the queue but in reality they just make you more bored. And make no mistake, its a boring queue. When you make it as far as the steps of the 'warehouse' there is a re-enactment of Jigsaws' hideaway with hidden cameras, mesh cages everywhere, T.V. Monitors and thumping pipes. On the furthest T.V. Screen you see a crackling display and the familiar white mannequin head rotate towards you uttering the now famous phrase 'Hello....I want to play a game'. You are then told that you hold your life too cheaply by venturing on thrill rides such as this, and now you will be tested to see if you are worthy of the life you have. It meant nothing to me, but its very familiar if you have seen any of the Saw movies. Up you slowly plod to the top of a flight of stairs and then there is a short corridor. On the left is the access to the ride and ahead is a place to leave any baggage you might be holding. Now is the time to leave it, as you won't be holding on to it on the ride! I deposited my bag, and we moved to a spare double place on the ride. The over locking bars came down and we were almost ready to go. An attendant checked the safety bars and then asked me if my glasses were okay on my head. To be honest, I had completely forgotten about them, but I just said 'I don't know. Guess we will find out in a minute!' and left it at that. They are bendy frame glasses, and usually sit quite firmly on my head, so I wasn't too bothered. Well, maybe a little! A few seconds later and we were off.
The ride started and we rounded a corner. It was dark, and there on your front left was that damned mannequin with the spooky white face again! He was riding a tricycle and laughing like a crazy person. What's this all about thinks I. Ahead is darkness, and I have a feeling something is about to happen. Suddenly you drop down in complete darkness and the roller-coaster has started in earnest. Pretty soon you are out of the 'warehouse' and after a sharp corkscrew you are face to face with a vertical climb. The car moves slowly until you are parallel with the ground and it slowly creaks away as you move inexorably upwards. Hmmm, this is new thinks I. Can't recall a time when I was lying back in my seat with the ground below me like an astronaut before. Ah well, I will have a moment to admire the view at the top before it comes down. Did I mention that I was scared of heights?
As soon as it reaches the top, you are flung into a straight vertical fall at high speed and go through the rotating 'saws' that were mentioned before and proceed right into a high speed 360 degree loop. As the loop comes around you are cut to the left and are thrown into about 3-4 really sharp turns where you are at least half way to three - quarters inverted inside the edges of the turn, generally being flung about all the time. Its pretty short - maybe a minute to a minute and a half all told, but its utterly exhilarating. It's not scary by any stretch of the imagination - under my roller coaster aficionado classification - but its thrilling, fast, jarring and a damn good ride. Its on of those ones where you would kick yourself if you missed out. My girlfriend HATES roller coasters, and I badgered her relentlessly to give this a try. She had serious reservations about it when we were both sitting locked into the seats, but after all the dust settled she said she enjoyed it. Don't go on it if you have any serious neck or back pain though as you will get thrown around. Having said that, I have 2 compressed discs in my neck/back and its never stopped me enjoying myself...
I said at the start that I had never seen the films this ride was based on. I did afterwards (all six of them in a week!), and a lot of the 'mood' effects stated to make more sense. I doubt it would have made a blind bit of difference to the overall experience, but I'm sure it would have given hardcore fans a little bit more of a thrill.
I visited Thorpe Park in the summer and not long after a holiday to Florida (with its top thrill seeker rides!) I wasnt to bothered at going here after being there! I had visited Thorpe Park numerous times before Saw The Ride came out. When we first got on the ride I'll admit I was a bit nervous at the enormous steep hill that faced me!
What I loved about this ride was the start - you are straight away plunged into darkness with vertival drops coming out of no where! along with jigsaw and what I believe were fluorescent saws swinging around! This ill admit was scary and even when you moved slowly I was screaming, as it was pitch black and didnt know when the next drop was!! But loving rollar coasters was at the same time loving it!!
You evantually make it outside where in front of me of was then the 100ft launch which you very slowly go up vertically! Only to then be thrown back down 100FT vertically! Then to continue on up and down and being thrown everywhere!!
After the ride had finished and amazement at how good the ride was! We came to find the pictures but to be met with me and my fella had actually being filmed whilst we were on the ride! This was without a doubt the funniest thing i had seen! looking at my face whilst we go round and my boyfriend who genuinally did look like he was about to cry!! We ended up buying the dvd as you could get 2 DVDS for £10 so we split it with our 2 friends who were also on the ride! Which still after many time of showing my friends, still has me in tears!
This is buy far one of the best rides I have been on within the UK!!!!
I am going to make it known right away that I am NOT a fan of theme park rides.
After a long day at Thorpe park we decided to give the new saw ride a go (only recently opened this year). We had to try as it was the ride that was getting all the hype, plus we (me and my girlfriend) are big saw fans (the film).
So we start lining up, for the start of a hour and a half long wait! Being my second theme park experience I started moaning, only to find out that 1.5 hours is a standard waiting time for rides like saw.
So we are led round a maze of barb wire fencing, with a series of various odd looking torture devices, all the while being tormented by voices over the sound system, screaming etc.
The set was very good, crashed police cars, "dead" bodies, pigs heads etc, all very cool. We finally reached the front of the line and sat on the ride (8 seats per car) and set off only to be stopped immediately by a clown on a bike, that proceeded to tell us we were about to die etc.
The ride was over in about 1 minute or so, with a vertical drop and a few loops. As I said earlier I am not a fan of rides, but I found myself wanting another go on this one.
The atmosphere was good and the key for me, you don't go upside down too often.
Overall considering waiting time etc this ride was decent, by far my favourite ride at Thorpe park, and I would defiantly recommend it, fan of the films or not this is a good ride.
The queue time for this ride was about an hour and a half (this was on a weekday in the summer holidays about an hour after the park opened).
As you reach the entrance to the queueing area the scene is immediately set by the police car covered in blood. The queueing area itself is divided by high barbed wire fences. There are various life size mock torture devices in various places throughout which give you something to speculate on as you while away the time!
As you enter the warehouse there are video screens with a message from Jigsaw (the film's villain) which help to set the scary atmosphere. There is also a shotgun which goes off at random intervals which made everyone in the queue jump out of their skins! As you progress up through the warehouse there are various nasty gory things typical of the movie series.
I cannot tell you how scared I was when I reached the top of the queue - I seriously thought I was going to be sick. I even asked the attendant behind the kiosk how long the ride lasted (one and a half minutes) so I could reassure myself that at least if I hated it it would be over quickly!
As I got into the carriage I don't think I've ever not wanted to do anything more in my life! But it was too late to get off and the carriage set off into the darkness of the warehouse. Jigsaw spoke and there were various more gory figures to look at before there was a massive drop! We were then out into the open and approaching the massive climb and the 'greater than 180 degrees drop!' I highly recommend singing on the way up to the top to take your mind off it, by the way.
The drop itself was the worst and the best stomach-churning moment I've ever experienced on a ride! The remainder of the ride was mainly standard loops and turns of a normal rollercoaster.
I do think the ride complements the film well but there could have been more references to it than the occasional scary voice or gory figure - once you're out in the open it just becomes an ordinary rollercoaster.
Overall Saw: The Ride was brilliant - definitely not for the faint hearted!
This is probably one of the most exhilarating and scariest rides i have ever been on. Thorpe Park has definately upped their game this year with the opening of their new ride SAW.
I have been to Thorpe Park twice since its recent opening and i have been on the ride 5 times, and each time it seems to get better and better.
You first start of with the queue line. It is quite long and the average waiting time is around 2 hours, but the time is spent looking at the many displays they have put up for you. At every corner there is a torture machine, similar to the ones in the movie. Once you get into the inside queueing line, there is a suprise that makes everyone scream.
Once on the ride, you go through a few life-like displays that are sure to shock you. The first half of the ride is inside and the pace you are moving in always increases. Once outside you go down a similar fall like Stealth, but even scarier, because if you look above you, there are moving spikes. The ride doesn't actually last that long, but it is the most fantastic experience.
An added bonus that the creators of the ride have added, is that not only do they take your picture at one point on the ride, they also video you which you can buy.
Definately not for the feint hearted, but for those looking for a thrill.
If you have never done Nemesis or Stealth then this ride is not for you! You will be terrified as it's probably Thorpe Park's most grown up rollercoaster. Based upon the movies, but you don't need to have seen the movies to enjoy the ride! As you queue there are scenes fro the movies like mannikins as dead bodies and a fake gun that actually shoots anyone standing under it (but just a fast rush of air comes out not a bullet!) still it can shake you a bit. You can expect to queue for up to 2 hours if Thorpe Park is busy. On a quiet day when the park has just opened you can expect about half an hour or a bit less if you're lucky. But trust me, if you are only visiting Thorpe Park once you have to go on it as it is worth it. There is a massive drop, which is better if you're sitting at the front. Not as big a drop as Stealth but it is literally 90 degrees! Then there are various loops which reminded me of Colossus a bit. The ride is quite short from what I remember - but it's quality not quantity that counts.
Firstly this ride is not for the faint hearted! I would probably advise that this is for teenagers age and over.
Thorpe Park is a great place on the whole, this being my first visit, the sun was shining and this definetly helps! As you lead upto the ride you see all kinds of torture creations which lets your mind doing the imagination! This is also accompanied by sound clips from the film which is a good addition. The queue ride if packed is about 90 minutes, however we entered the ride at 5.30pm so to ensure that we had done everything else in the park. (This is a new ride and is very busy at all times).
I had no idea what to expect at first. As you enter the warehouse the tension increases and what I didn't realise is that the ride starts inside here with some nice drops and spins etc. Then you exit the warehouse and as you probably know start vertically upwards towards the sky. This in itself was adrenaline pumping! Now, the drop is an inverted drop, the only ride on earth like this I believe. The drop is quite something - your body feels like a rag doll! But it doesn't end there the track continues and I felt that it was good value.
Just back from Thorpe Park today and I thought I'd give my two-pence worth on this rollercoaster we rode.
We started queuing at 1310hours and the approximate queuing time was 60minutes. We got on by about 1420 which I was happy with as there was a problem half way through our queuing time and they had to do a few empty test runs. They were very good at communicating the problem and giving us options; they recommended that those who had been queuing for some time wait whilst others who had just joined the queue might want to experience something else and return later. It was fixed very promptly and the good spirited people queue all gave a cheer and a round of applause!
So we know they give an approximate waiting time and I was happy that was accurate to the best of their knowledge when they published it. The queue is outdoors, there is no shelter and no loos. While we were there we saw a portable ice-cream seller (Walls®) but he must move around or he ran out of stock because he didn't stay the whole time. The queue is made of wire cages and imitation barbed wire. The features to observe are rusty old torture objects that look like old farming equipment. There are some discarded mannequins as well but as someone who hasn't seen the film I wouldn't have known it isn't part of the decor!
After most of the queuing you get to a small area of shelter. It is quite dark but not completely black. I was worried the queue would be scary but while there is one feature (a noise and light) that will make you jump the first time there is nothing disturbing.
In this area there is a video screen with what assume is a character from the film on it. He is talking to you but it is fairly unobtrusive. I get easily disturbed and as such choose not to watch horror movies. I found it this fine and I don't feel worried about nightmares.
You then walk up and join the sectioned queue area for the ride. Just before this there is a free locker section where you deposit your bag and receive a wristband. This is very quick and efficient.
The ride is made of two rows of four each. As such it is easy to wait for a front row seat - 50% of them are front row. As luck would have it we didn't even have to ask, we were just positioned for it. There are three cars on the go at each time, often we saw two on at one time - space apart obviously!
When I was sitting in the front row it suddenly dawned on me that the start of the ride seemed to be black - pitch black! Well, to protect from nightmare my eyes where firmly shut. I peeked twice; once to see a kid on a bike and once to see a man on the floor covered in blood... ugh ugh ugh! Even so, it is not very life like and as such I am not worried about nightmares. After you pass the SAW (don't worry you don't get cut up - haha) it's a thrill seekers dream.
I don't feel the need to go into the inverts and loops and heights and speeds. That information is readily available to Google! However it felt amazing! You don't have time to catch your breath before the next trick! It feels longer than most roller coasters and the hour I just waited was long forgotten. We contemplated going again but as it was the first ride we took we thought we'd best have a go on some others too!
When we got off I got my bag back, again very efficient. We took the obligatory look at the picture and bought two key rings and a photo for £12. Individually this would have been £21.00 - the also offer a photo pass available for use on all ride that take pictures for £20.00, this gives you 5 different pictures.
It was the best rollercoaster I have been on it the UK. A new experience... and one I'd want to have again.
Thorpe Park is a theme park which is situated in Chertsey, Surrey and is becoming one of the biggest and best (if not the best) theme parks in the UK. I have visited many times before but my recent visit was just this week where I managed to ride the newest rollercoaster - Saw: The Ride.
Saw: The Ride was first launched on 13 March 2009. It can be found in Canada Creek (not sure why) inbetween Collossus and Loggers Leap. The ride is based upon the horror movie 'Saw' (of which there are now five whole installments) and is said to be the first horror movie themed rollercoaster in the world.
It's not compulsory to have seen the films before riding Saw: The Ride but it definitely makes the whole experience more intense and there are many references to the films which will go unknown otherwise. I advise watching at least one Saw film to get the most out of the ride.
We visited Thorpe Park on a weekday during term time as we thought it would be empty... oh how wrong we were! The place was packed and queue times were horrendous, particularly for Saw: The Ride. We tried to buy fastpass tickets for the ride but we were informed that they had "sold out". Fastpass tickets are sold at £4.00 each and they allow you to jump straight to the front of the queue - a total rip off but does actually come in handy if you want to get on more than a few big rides throughout the day.
The ride is hard to miss as it's a big rollercoaster with a huge drop at the beginning. There is a big, old, abandoned looking warehouse which is where the ride starts and where the queue leads in to. Outside of the warehouse is an American police car with blood splattered on it and a Saw: The Ride shop which sells all the tacky essentials!
There are 2 queue entrances - one main queue and one fastpass queue. At the front there is a sign which says 'Saw The Ride. Face your fears. Enter at your own risk'. The fastpass queue leads straight in to the warehouse and the main queue spirals around for roughly ten miles until reaching the warehouse. Okay, ten miles is an exageration but it is a long queue in which you are enclosed by rusty old metal fences (with 'barbed wire' on the top) and gates. The scenery is very grim and perfect for the nature of the ride - there is a dirty swampy area (a big lake surrounds Thorpe Park), barrels, tires, rusty old wheels, spikes and equipment which look like torture devices and traps. Throughout the queue are safety announcments which are supposed to be from police officers saying things like "I know you're brave but no smoking.. and don't lean on the fences, they might be a trap". The queue and warehouse is surrounded by CCTV cameras which give you the feeling that Jigsaw (the killer) is watching your every move. Be warned that there isn't any shaded area in the queue.
As you get closer to the warehouse you notice how (purposly) run down the whole thing is - the warehouse is made of rusty old metal and wooden planks, the whole thing is very eerie. There are also strange manaquins laying next to the warehouse. I expect the ride itself cost a fortune to build but I don't think a big budget was needed for the surroundings and props!
We queued up for an hour and a half in the blistering heat, when we got a few feet away from the warehouse somebody passed out on the ride! The ride had to be closed down and the queue had to be evacuated due to 'extreme weather conditions' - it was too hot for everybody to be waiting around in the heat whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive! Thankfully they gave everybody fastpass tickets to come back when the ride had re-opened. I felt it my duty to get 2 fastpass tickets for myself (I was way too angry!) and came back about an hour later.
Inside the warehouse is quite dark. Next to the fastpass queue is some sort of torture device. Thorpe Park put out a statement saying that they were bringing in live actors for the ride but I didn't see any. In the main queue there are 4 shotguns attached to the ceiling, there is a click of a shotgun loading followed by a huge bang as the guns shoot out air and a strobe light flashes - this is guarenteed to make everybody jump and is taken from a scene in the first Saw film where a detective sets off a tripwire and gets shot and killed by the shotguns.
There are a few television sets dotted about which show CCTV images from around the abandoned warehouse when all of a sudden the screen goes fuzzy and Billy the puppet appears on the screen, voiced of course by Jigsaw. Billy/Jigsaw goes on to say 'Hello, I want to play a game. So far in what could loosely be called your life, you saw extreme experiences to add excitement to what you believe to be a goal in ordinary existence. Society call you a thrill hunter, I call you unworthy of the life you've been given. Did you push your mind and body to the edge, because you truly wanted to know what its like to die, or did you just want a kick and some attention. Today you'll show me. Live or Die make your choice".
You then make your way up some stairs where written on the wall in red paint are the words 'Let the games begin'. Once you reach the top of the stairs there is a window with a dead man inside hanging from barbed wire - again taken from a scene in the first film. This is where you board the ride. Props include old broken computer equipment, operating tables with gruesome looking surgical instruments. There is a room with attendants in it to take your bag, coats and possesions (in exchange they give you a black wristband with a unique number on so you can pick your things up once the ride has ended - a very good idea I thought). There is another attendant who directs you to a row to wait at. Waiting and boarding a car only takes a a couple of minutes at the max.
The cars are quite unique as they only seat upto 8 people at a time, in 2 rows of 4 people. You are secured into your seat by an overhead harness. On both rides I ended up on the back row which I was pretty gutted about because I wanted a turn on the front row too. I did get an outside seat and a middle seat though.
I was unaware that the ride actually starts indoors. The ride stops in darkness and out rides Billy on his tricycle with a chilling message (I only remember Billy on the second ride but I was wimping out the first time round so could have missed it!). You then head towards some spikes and 2 swinging blades and hit an unexpected drop which really turns your stomach. You then stop again briefly as crossbows are being shot at you which involves alot of noise and shooting of air. The ride then shoots off and takes you into a twist where you see a dead body lying on the floor (I think this is meant to be Jigsaw), his blood spirts at you but I didn't actually notice this.
The ride then goes outside where you reach the bottom of a 100 foot drop. There are television screens at the bottom which count down to zero, again Billy appears on the screen and Jigsaw says 'Game over'. Billy the puppet laughs hysterically as you begin to climb the drop. The climb seems to take an age but only actually lasts around 10 seconds, you are laying on your back at this point and looking directly into the sky. When you reach the top your adrenaline levels are sky high and there isn't any time to compose yourself or assess the situation (unlike Oblivion at Alton towers etc) - it's straight down! The ride plummets down a 100 degree drop, that's not just a vertical drop but beyond a vertical drop, I suppose you could say inverted. There is a huge saw at the bottom as if you are going to fall into it, but obviously don't.
The ride then takes you straight through a number of twists and turns at high speeds. There is so much going on in such a short amount of time (the whole ride lasts 1 minute 40 seconds) that it's hard to take everything in. There are 3 inversions in total and many unexpected dips and drops which I thought were brilliant. On one of the drops the ride takes your photo which can be purchased at the exit.
The ride eventually comes to an end where you can pick up your bags and posessions and make your way down a flight of stairs where there is another television set with Billy on and a chilling message from Jigsaw - "You think it's over but you're wrong, the games have just begun". The lights flicker and written on the walls in red paint are the words 'The games have just begun'.
Outside of the ride you can view and purchase your photos but you can also purchase DVDs of your ride experience! There are cameras placed on the front of the cars and into the back of the front row of seats to film everybody on the ride. The DVDs are quite expensive, around £15 but are so funny to watch everybodys reactions.
Overall Saw: The Ride was a brilliant ride which lived up to everything I hoped it would. The ride itself, the scenery, the props and the whole atmosphere was eerie and just perfect. I personally prefered sitting in a middle seat aposed to sitting on an end seat, not because it was any more or less scary but for the simple fact the ride seemed to throw me around more on the end seat.. and not in a good way, I got a massive headache out of it. I can't wait to go back on and this time I'll keep my fingers crossed for a front row seat.
Recommend for all thrill seekers and Saw fans.