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Saw The Ride (Thorpe Park)
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Saw The Ride (Thorpe Park)
Advantages: Fun, different to other rides, well designed
Disadvantages: Queues can get a bit long sometimes
'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!
Summary: A great ride for thrillseekers and well designed!
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