Thorpe Park bills itself as the nation's premier thrill park. As such the park is generally filled with a large percentage of teenagers. Stealth (Intamin launch) is considered the park's signature coaster. Nemesis Inferno is a wonderful B&M invert, but gets a bad rap from people comparing it to Nemesis at Alton Towers. Saw: The Ride is one of the best themed Eurofighters and the accompanying Saw walk-through can be hit or miss depending on how inspired the scare actors are feeling. Other major thrill rides include Colossus (10 inversion coaster), Rush (an older S&S Swing), Detonator (Drop Tower) and Slammer (one of only two existing S&S Fly Swatters).
For water ride enthusiasts the rides run the gamut from acceptable levels of wetness (Rumba Rapids and Logger's Leap) to possible wetness (Storm Surge) to very wet (Tidal Wave).
For groups with varied tastes the bulding at the park entrance is the best place to eat as it has many offerings in one place and is shaded. This buliding is anchored by the Glass House Bar and Kitchen.
The park is generally open from mid-March through the end of October.
Established Seasonal events
Fright Nights is the park's annual Halloween event occuring in October.
Access & Location
Details for traveling by public transit can be found here: http://www.thorpepark.com/plan-your-visit/how-to-get-here.aspx
Virtual Queue Options
Various options exist to purchase Fastrack tickets for the major rides. A few rides (such as Detonator and Stealth) offer single rider lines, but you have to obtain a single rider wristband at Guest Services.
This small park packs a big punch with one of the best flat-ride lineups in the UK to satisfy most thrillseekers. Although pushing for a family-friendly atmosphere in recent years, the park still falls short if you have children under 1.4 meters.
During holidays and weekends the park can get very busy, and with less-than-optimal operations, the lines can become quite long. It could be advisable to use the park's "fastrack" system to ensure you get all the rides in.
Catering is very good across the park. Chain fast-food restaurants and in-house outlets provide everything from pizzas to pub lunches.
Thorpe Park was an all round great park IMO. The ride collection is very good, and the park seems to put at least some effort into theming. The park was very clean, and the ride staff seemed to be very efficient at least 90% of the time. The food selection was also very good, I recommend eating at the "360 bar" in the entrance dome as they have very decent burgers at reasonable prices.
I've been to Thorpe again and again and absolutely love it, has a great selection or rides but for a long time now has been let down by the theming and state of the park which is generally grubby and covered in graffiti. All of the main rollercoasters are great, Nemesis (Doesn't quite live up to alton's), Colossus, Saw, Stealth and Swarm and has a great selection of some of my favourite flat rides (In particular The Samurai). The theming for far too many of the rides is derelict and gnarly which after a while begins to feel like a cop out. Overall I think at the moment it has a good edge over Alton Towers as some of the Alton towers coasters are a bit dissapointing.
The counterpart to Chessington's family park, Thorpe delivers on the thrill side of things. While nowhere near as intricate as Alton Towers or Chessington's theming, Thorpe still beats out most US parks for theming around rides. The coaster collection is nice- Colossus and Saw are both very fun rides. There is a nice selection of flats as well, with a Screamin Swing and SkySwatter. Operations are good dispatch wise, but could use work on getting more units on before the day starts, and with limiting ExpressPasses- Stealth's wait was 2 hours standby and 45 minutes Express, with standby moving only every 10th train or so. Pub food was very good and cheap. A nice place to visit for thrillseekers.
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