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Thrilling rides; expensive tickets and horrendous queue times
Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Member Name: jeremyjiao
Thorpe Park (Surrey)
Advantages: Brilliant thrilling rides
Disadvantages: Tickets very expensive, long queue times
I have long loved the thrill of getting on a roller coaster and screaming my lungs off and that is why Thorpe Park was so ideal for me. It has a wide variety of rides, from the very extremes of SAW to fun water rides such as Tidal Wave (which you get absolutely drenched in) so it makes a great day out for anyone! With many events throughout the year such as Fright Nights (when the park is open until 10pm) and Bonfire Night events, this is one of my favourite places to go when seeking enjoyment. It is the best feeling when you close your eyes on your way home, feeling as if the car is going to make a sharp turn, upside down.
The new ride, the Swarm (Europe's first winged roller coaster) is a thrilling ride that leaves you dizzy and excited (though I was slightly alarmed at how the crash test dummies were... erm, damaged). Others of my favourite rides are Stealth, Saw, Nemesis Inferno and Tidal Wave.
However thrilling it may be, I would say that Thorpe Park is not good financially. One day one person ticket prices have soared up to £42 on the door and £31.50 bought online... quite a lot for a single day, though not out of the ordinary from regular theme park prices. I solved this problem by obtaining a Merlin Annual Pass (of which I have reviewed on dooyoo) but before that I used 2 for one vouchers which kept the prices at around £20, which is not that bad at all.
Also, the queue times are very very very very very very very verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry long, especially for the most popular rides, especially Saw, and on some days you can only fit 4 to 5 rides in! This could be solved by purchasing fast track tickets- but those are very expensive!
All in all, I adore this theme park but the queue times significantly mar the experience, so I could only reward this with 4 stars
Summary: Brilliant for a thrill if you don't mind waiting long hours
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