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Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Member Name: MollyWH
Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Advantages: reasonably priced, rides located near to each other, good disabled access
Disadvantages: Long queues, rides sometimes break down
I tend to visit Thorpe Park at least three times a year. I live in Dover, Kent and it took us 90minutes to get there. Thorpe Park is well sign posted from the M25 onwards so finding the park is relatively easy. Thorpe Park is situated between junctions 11 and 13 of the M25 but access from Junction 12 is not possible from the M25.
We paid £40.80 each for an adult entrance ticket to the park. If you book online you can make a saving of £5.50. Thorpe Park gives you the option of getting something called a Fast Track ticket, which basically means that you get to jump the queue on the main rides. You will be allocated with a ticket and they tell you a time to arrive for each ride. You turn up at the given time and use the 'fast track' queue and you literally get on the ride in 5 minutes. For this convenience you get charged slightly more.
The opening times can be found on the website. For example, the park is now shut until the New Year and it opens again mid February for a couple of weeks 10am - 5pm. From here the park has longer opening hours, averaging 9.30am - 7pm but in the height of summer it opens until 9pm.
PARKING THE CAR
Thorpe Park has a massive car park which is within the grounds of the park so parking is not a problem! It was also free which was nice! Even in the height of the season, parking was still available.
Although Thorpe Park has lots of rides, they are all no great distance apart. We also went to Alton Towers this year and it was literally miles to walk from one section of the park to the other so we found Thorpe Park very leg friendly after visiting Alton Towers.
The park has a fairly flat layout with only a few small hills which is good for the elderly and disabled.
The park has lots of main attractions. When you arrive you can collect a map of the park from reception. Thorpe Park has 9 different zones, Calypso Quay, Lost City, Neptune's Kingdom, Thorpe Farm, Canada Creek, Ranger County, Amity Cove, Port Atlantis and Octopus Garden.
Although we walked around the whole park, we did not go on every ride. I will describe my experience of the rides we managed to get on.
On entering the park, you walk across a bridge and through an amusement arcade. Through the other side of the arcade takes you out into the park. The 1st thing you will see as you walk into the park is the water area on your right hand side. This consists of a small kiddie's pool with a few sunloungers for the Mum's!! There are 2 waterslides for adults and children to take a ride on. You have to ride the slide on a rubber dinghy, two adults are not allowed to share 1 dinghy but you could share with your child. In the height of summer the queues for this are quite long as the pool area gets busy with the hot weather. There is a spiral staircase leading up to the slide platform so this wouldn't be suitable for less able bodied people.
Thorpe Park has a kiddie's area of the park which is very family friendly. Baby changing facilities are available and so is buggy hire. Apart from the above, I can not really comment on the children's area as we did not use it while we were there.
A short train journey away from Thorpe Park (train run free of charge from within the 2 parks) is Thorpe Farm. This is mainly for children and you can see various animals and feed them etc. Again, I can't really comment anymore on this as the last time I went I was about 6!
As well as the rides, the park offers various other events to take part in such as karaoke (The Song Zone) and trampolining. Trampoling costs extra though. They have a DJ playing cheesy type music which you can hear in most zones of the park.
There is a large amusement area where you can play the usual slot machines, car racing etc. In this area, there are also cash machines, a small pub and a small shop.
FOOD AND DRINK
There is plenty of choice of food ranging from KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King and more. Dotted around the park are other places to eat such as Calypso BBQ and Bar and Chicken Kebab House. There are also stalls selling hot dogs, Nachos, Burgers etc. We also found a lovely Waffle and Ice Cream stall, yum yum!
For each individual ride there are restrictions imposed ranging from weight and height to health. These restrictions are stated on the website as well as at the entrance to each ride. For Stealth, Colossus, Detonator and Nemesis there are tester seats situated at the beginning of the queue which allows you to check your suitability for the ride.
I will only be reviewing the rides we have ridden this year.
This is Thorpe Park's newest ride and opened in 2011. It is basically a huge water slide. You ride down the slide in a circular boat which fits up to six people inside. You start your journey by climbing a large slope which takes you to the top of the slide. The boat is then released from a height of 84 feet and you travel on your journey to the bottom with the boat spins round and round. I wasn't overly impressed with this ride. It was enjoyable but I felt that it lacked the certain amount of excitement and the adrenalin rush that I like to feel when riding the main attractions.
SAW Alive is the newest of the SAW attractions and consists of a warehouse made up of different rooms. You walk through the rooms in groups of 6-8 people. You are asked to stand in a train with your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you. The idea is you have to walk through each room (which, by the way are in complete darkness with smoke effects) and find your way through the room and into the next one. You have to complete the maze and make it through to the end! Inside there are actors (who are dressed for the part complete with makeup) who will jump out at you and try to scare you. I really enjoyed this as its different from the other rides and although you are expecting to be scared and don't think you will be, some how they still make you jump!!
SAW THE RIDE
This is another brilliant rollercoaster and again, another of my favourites! The climax of the ride is where you are dragged up the vertical track of the rollercoaster to a height of 100 feet and then go flying down an inverted track the other side at speeds of 55 mph. This ride certainly makes you lose your tummy!
This is the newest ride to Thorpe Park so naturally we headed straight for it. The longest time we had to queue for this ride was 40 minutes when we went at the height of summer. Stealth accelerates from 0 - 80mph in 2.3 seconds to a height of 205ft. The only disadvantage to this ride is that at that speed, the ride is over in about 30 seconds but I still thought this ride was worth waiting for. A very thrilling experience and believe me you don't look pretty in the photo with your lips peeled back with the G Force.
This used to be the most popular ride before Stealth was built. The seat of the rollercoaster does not have anywhere for you to put your feet so your legs are left hanging in the air - superb! You are well strapped into your seat by a shoulder restraint and bars. It has several loops and certainly gets your adrenalin rushing as it travels at around 60mph twisting and turning on its route. The queue for this was again quite long, around 30 minutes but most certainly worth the wait. At the beginning of the ride, you go flying through a pitch black tunnel and experience a cold spray of water which is not expected added to the thrill.
As you have probably gathered from the name, you get wet, very wet! You are seated in a large boat, which travels up to an 80ft drop. At the bottom of the 85ft is a large pool of water which you hit at about 40mph causing a massive tidal wave to wash over the boat. As you get literally soaked to the skin, it is advisable to only do this ride in warm weather and normally quite early on so you don't have to get into the car while wet! As the boats are quite big, and with three boats running the queue although quite large went down quickly. At the longest we queued for 20minutes.
This is another water ride and is basically a good old fashioned log flume. You climb the step hill in your boat (which can fit 4 people) and drop the other side of the track into a pool of water. You would expect to get quite wet on this but somehow you don't. We queued for an hour and 15 minutes for this ride, this was in the middle of summer and I guess everyone wanted to cool down on the water rides. This ride has the larger drop and also a smaller drop halfway through your ride. This is a nice gentle log flume, but you do lose your guts at the top of the drop!
X NO WAY OUT
This is the only rollercoaster that travel backwards. Throughout the ride you are in pitch black darkness going up and down slopes, twisting and turning. We found this ride quite boring to be honest as it didn't go very fast and the drops were quite tame.
The Detonator is a large 100ft pole which has seating around the outside in the shape of a square with seats for the passengers. You are basically lifted slowly to the top of the 100ft tower and then dropped from that height. This really makes your tummy drop and is not for the faint hearted. The queue was never very long for this ride; I think the longest we queued was about 10 minutes. The ride is over in 20 seconds though.
Colossus is a massive rollercoaster. You go along the track which is like a corkscrew along one stretch of it which turns you upside down a total of 10 times. This is very fast and is another one to get the adrenaline pumping. This was the 1st rollercoaster built with 10 loops. The longest we queued for this ride was about 30 minutes. This is one of the top three attractions along with Stealth and Nemesis
This is a great family water ride and to be honest, your hardly get wet! You sit in a large dinghy style boat which can fit around 8 people. You travel through the 'rapids' around the Calypso Quay zone. However, the rapids are fairly tame so this is great for small kids.
MY EXPERIENCE OF THORPE PARK
The 1st time we went to Thorpe Park this year was back in March, shortly after it opened. We were disappointed as half the rides were not working and obviously we were unable to go on most of the main attractions. We managed to get on a few rides before they broke down and when it started raining we decided to just go home. On our way out, we were stopped at the turnstile as you exit by a member of staff. He gave us free tickets with a 6 month validity as a way of making up for the disappointment of the day. Every person entering the park that day was given complimentary tickets which we were really chuffed with. Definitely made the experience a lot more positive.
The other two times we attended was during the summer period, once in June and once in July. The park was running smoothly although the odd ride shut for 10 minutes to correct a fault but we were always well informed of this. On one ride, while we were queuing and an announcement came on informing us that the ride had a fault and we were advised to queue for another attraction. As we left the queue, we were given a fast track ticket to one of the other main rides which again was a really nice touch.
Thorpe Park is a good day out for individuals and families. The prices are fairly reasonable, both for entry and food and drink while in the park.
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