^Let's see how much you remember about Thorpe Park, our next stop.
I knew nearly nothing about Thrope back in 2006, except that it was the home of Nemesis "Not Nearly as Good at Alton's Nemesis" Inferno. I'd also heard that the park tended to be very crowded, and that the crowds were often rather, to use Lightwater Valley's term, "yobbish." Well, the park was indeed very crowded, and I did find the crowd to be slightly more yobbish than, say, at Kings Dominion. Operations were not exactly top-of-the-line, either.
But I did think it was fairly nice looking park, and that they had paid some attention to theming their rides, particularly Nemesis Inferno. But this was the home of the driest rapids ride I've ever experienced, and I was rather amazed at all the guests who stood up to avoid the ride's waterfalls. This is a pretty dangerous, foolish thing to do on a rapids ride; then again, as I recall, the rafts never got anywhere near the falls, so standing up to avoid getting soaked was hardly necessary. (To be fair, I saw standing up on rapids rides in a lot of European parks in 2008, too.)
But Thorpe Park had a number of good points, too. As I said earlier, some of the theming was pretty well done. Tidal Wave, the park's big Spalsh-boat ride, was tricked up with a nicely done flooded-town set, and Nemesis Inferno had a cool run to the lift hill through a "volcano." Although I agree that Inferno isn't on the same level as Alton's Nemesis, it's still a very good B&M inverted coaster. Detonator is a good Shot Tower, and Rush, the park's huge Screamin' Swing, is plenty of fun. Thorpe is also where I experienced my first-ever Intamin launched "Top Hat" coaster, the oddly named Stealth (which was themed to racing, as I recall). And let's not forget X:/No Way Out--an enclosed Vekoma coaster that was so weirdly bad that I found it rather endearing.
However, I am not a fan of Thorpe's Colossus, an Intamin 10-inversion coaster. This was a rather painful experience, at best (a lot of the group liked it, though).
I guess Thorpe is sort of the Six Flags of the UK--not a "destination," but a good "regional" park.
Let the "yobbishness" begin!
Thorpe wants your gently used gum. It's for the children.
How you doing there, Pete?
You sure everything's OK?
I am Colossus! Fear my wrath!
Well, Colossus took out its wrath on my ears, jaw, and other parts of my head.
But what can you expect from a ride next to "Hell Gate." (It would seem that Hell has ice cream.)
I actually saw a poor guy lose a cell phone here. He did express his displeasure in rather yobbish terms.
This was one of the smoother parts. I think . . . I was in pretty rough shape by then.
Beware the coaster-enthusiast-eating plants of Thorpe Park! They eat riders and crap out gravy!
Ah, I thought X was kinda endearing--like a friendly, ugly dog that nobody wants.
I had no idea doors could be frightened.
OK, what's the big deal about Tidal Wave?
I mean, you go up, you come down . . .
. . . holy crap!
Seriously--does this look very "stealthy" to you?
Watch out! Stealth is sneaking up on you!
I consider this to be a pretty solid B&M invert.
It does look pretty durn cool as it hurtles over the crowd.
As you can see, I rather like the theming of this ride, even though it isn't as quite as cool as Nemesis at Alton.
It's not as good as the Batman clones, but it is better than Alpengeist.
No, I wasn't about to light up, Andrew, but thanks for the reminder not to.
"Looky! I can drive a real car!"
Photobombing before it was a "thing."
Well, time to head out. Goodbye, Nemesis Inferno.
Good riddance, Colossus.
Oh, I just love that doll British humor. That's all for now. Coming up next, a few days in Norway and Sweden.
FInding the Canada Creek sign - X/No Way out - Colossus (my first actual headache form any coaster), 4D fun movie "Pirates', and....
The Stealth coaster was my first what-that-kind-is of coasters, lol. Didn't get a roll back, but then, that paled to our one-of-a-kind adventure called....
The TPR Bird Murderers
One of those only-in-a-TPR Tour kind of moments. To those who don't know, one of Stealth's trains (one I was on in fact) obliterated a bird who decided to rest on the coaster's tracks. Bad move. Dead bird. And I thought it was pieces of paper flying all over and around us. Didn't realize it was the feathers, lol.
I loved it, being able to take a pic with my country's name in a sign. Thanks Thorpe!
^Thanks for bringing up the bird incident, Bill, as I'd forgot to mention it. I remember standing in the station, when feathers drifted down upon us from on high. The poor bird's corpse was in two pieces, as I recall--one on the walk way, the other strung over a chain-link fence.
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