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Thorpe Park- something for everyone
Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Member Name: katieking
Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Advantages: Great rides, great food, good facilities
Disadvantages: Always rainy in rainy England, queues can often be horrendous
I do love me a bit of Thorpe Park. I live just outside of London, about an hour away from the park, so I've been here a good 8 or 9 times now, so any specific questions about specific rides/the park in general, I will be very happy to answer :)
To give you a brief overview, Thorpe Park really is very diverse. You are faced with a big, open stretch of park which is very easily navigated around. It doesn't have the spectacle as bigger theme parks such as Disneyland; it is a theme park very much focused on the rides. Trecking around the park all day can often be tiring, so I'd say only go to Thorpe Park if you're willing to queue and walk around. The park is scattered with restaurants, ice cream stalls, cafes, fast food (KFC), candy floss stalls, etc, and also has numerous toilet facilities.
The best thing about Thorpe Park is the rides! I've never been one for teacups and carousels, so I do not feel comfortable reviewing the family rides as I don't know enough about them. The thrill rides, however, are fantastic. I will attempt a brief overview of them all.
Saw- I have done a specific review of this. 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. You finally get inside a warehouse like area, with TV screens 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! 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. 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. However, the ride is one that you can very much enjoy if you just scream your way through it :)
Stealth- again this is a very scary ride, but in all honesty there is nothing to it. You queue forever, you hop on and the ride is over and done with before you have enough time to get too worked up/scared. You feel extremely secure in the restraints. The ride resembles a racing car track. There are five lights above you. They turn red, they turn green, then you hear a voice shout "go, go, go!" and then you zoom off at 80mph. The speed is intense and you feel your whole body shoot forwards. You climb 200ft and soar vertically down again and then its over. The ride lasts 30 seconds but it puts you on a 10 minute high.
Colossus- this more typically resembles a roller coaster, lots of twists and turns and drops. It's very fun and worth a ride, but it's so shaky. Your head gets thrown from side to side, hitting your ears on the shoulder restraints each time. I have 12 piercings in my ears and they were absolutely burning in pain when I last went on this ride. There is a point mid-ride when you do a number of turns consecutively and you always feel like you're above to fall out of your seat!
Nemesis Inferno- this has grown on me! I used to think it was Colossus but boring; the ride itself feels very slow. However I have grown to like it more and more. It's the sort of ride that a younger person who isn't as much into their thrill rides but wants to get into them would enjoy :)
Those are the only thrilling rollercoasters (there is X no way out, which is an indoor rollercoaster, but that's much more for families). The other thrill rides are:
* Tidal Wave- awesome. Your typical boat thrill ride, but you get so ridiculously wet at the end that I'd recommend going on in a swim suit.
* Samurai- this is the sort of ride a person like my dad hates, because you are totally flung around everywhere. The ride resembles a sort of hand shape and you sit on the fingers, as the hand and fingers rotate.
* Vortex- this is so fun, honestly! The ride claims you feel weightless for one second, but I felt totally weightless the whole way through.
* Rush- an air powered, huggggge swing which swings you so high you feel as if you can see the whole world from your position. The lack of restraints makes you feel as if you are flying.
* Slammer- this ride literally makes me sick. It's my idea of hell, not even in a good way, but then again, each ride appeals to each person. The ride resembles a sort of fly swat, but as if you were swatting a fly very, very slowly. You are hung upside down for what feels likes hours and you do just feel as if you're seconds away from slipping out of your seat and to your death.
* Detonator- this is your typical tower ride which is at every theme park. You go up, you fall down, the end. I always skip these rides at theme parks because they're so samey and boring to me, but other people love them!
Anyone who is looking for thrills, come to Thorpe Park! It's even more appealing at the moment as it is about to unveil a brand new ride, a winged rollercoaster, the only one in Europe! This to me is so exciting!
Summary: A thrill seekers dream!
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