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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby Baffles » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:51 am

Colossus is a bit of a nightmare at the moment - has been running on one train for a while with some awful queue times. Concerning as the busiest period of the year is approaching.

Saw queue times are no different to others - so not sure why they are doing that as they have no real way to measure so specifically.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:42 am

^ I had heard Colossus was getting colossal waits so I tried hitting it first but it already had a wait. Many of the queue times were a good 20-30 minutes less than the queue boards, but with the one train ops I have a feeling Colossus's 70-90 minute wait was spot on.

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I nearly skipped the latter because of the 100 minute posted wait but thankfully gave it a chance. It's a really immersive and unique ride.

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Canobie Coaster wrote:I'm at the park right now. So far I've been impressed with everything but Colossus's operations. I went to Colossus at opening and it was already a 45 minute wait due to one train ops. By the time I got off, it was up to 90 min.

Also does anyone know why Saw's queue times are oddly specific? While everything else is intervals of 5, I have seen waits of 11, 19, and 36 minutes for Saw.


Yeah colossus has disgusting operations. Its horrific! I'm not sure with Saw's queueboard but its been like that all year I think the display is broken maybe?


I wasn't sure if it had something to do with the Saw films, which I haven't seen.
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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby mr.sugar » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:58 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:^ I had heard Colossus was getting colossal waits so I tried hitting it first but it already had a wait. Many of the queue times were a good 20-30 minutes less than the queue boards, but with the one train ops I have a feeling Colossus's 70-90 minute wait was spot on.

I had an excellent day! A photo TR is to follow (maybe even tonight since I have a 2 hr train ride to Blackpool). I had heard a lot of negative things about Merlin and how they run their parks but I came away very impressed. They don't have a true world class coaster in their lineup but they have 5 very good ones plus a few nice flats and the Ghost Train.

I nearly skipped the latter because of the 100 minute posted wait but thankfully gave it a chance. It's a really immersive and unique ride.

TheoB wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:I'm at the park right now. So far I've been impressed with everything but Colossus's operations. I went to Colossus at opening and it was already a 45 minute wait due to one train ops. By the time I got off, it was up to 90 min.

Also does anyone know why Saw's queue times are oddly specific? While everything else is intervals of 5, I have seen waits of 11, 19, and 36 minutes for Saw.


Yeah colossus has disgusting operations. Its horrific! I'm not sure with Saw's queueboard but its been like that all year I think the display is broken maybe?


I wasn't sure if it had something to do with the Saw films, which I haven't seen.



Agree, Thorpe Park and Heide Park is not bad at all. They truly have some very good attractions. But the way they run their parks is horrible. Thorpe Park has problems with keeping rides up and running.

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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby thepoint4life23 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:37 am

I am not trying to promote this kid in anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL_jFhrchQQ, but this is nuts
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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:46 am

^ I saw that video a while back and I agree 100%. The other time I saw someone do that was the Big One at Blackpool.

I don't understand why someone would risk their lives to climb all the way up since they're getting arrested even if they make it. And then if they somehow avoid the cops, they're nice enough to post a video on social media so they can be tracked down.
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Postby LeoBruz199 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:00 am

... And straight after that video, he uploaded another one showing how Merlin banned him from every single one of their theme parks.

What did we learn? If you want to climb something climb a mountain, not a roller coaster.
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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby StealthFan » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:07 am

Thorpe Park today announced that 2018 will be "The Year of The Walking Dead" at the park.


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With multiple experiences happening through out the year it seems the Walking Dead have truly invaded the island! The headliner to be announced is rumoured to be a re themed version of X.

What are your thoughts of the park getting yet another IP, comment below and let us know!

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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:14 am

https://www.thorpepark.com/rides/the-walking-dead-the-ride

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THORPE PARK Resort is overrun by Walkers and there is but one goal: survive. Making it to the sanctuary of the Safe Zone is vital for salvation. Located at the centre of the Island, navigate your way to the safety of the indoor bunker - but be warned. All signs point to an imminent invasion of Walkers, so keep your head down and move quickly for your best chance of staying alive.

We will see you at the Safe Zone…For the first time ever, experience The Walking Dead: The Ride. Those who ride…survive!

This attraction is not suitable for those under the age of 13, guests with: heart, neck or back problems, epilepsy or claustrophobia as the ride contains sudden stops, lighting effects and haze and those who suffer from motion sickness or dizziness.


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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/thorpe-park-walking-dead-roller-coaster-theme-parks-zombies-days-out-a8219266.html

Thorpe Park's "chief scaremonger" has told how he created terrifying special effects for the brand new The Walking Dead: The Ride after watching close to 150 episodes of the smash hit zombie TV show - twice. John Burton, 26, is the brains behind the multi-sensory coaster, which is the first in the world to be themed on AMC’s post-apocalyptic global TV phenomenon.

The experience invites thrill seekers to flee The Walking Dead in a relentless and spine-chilling bid for survival. The "completely immersive" ride comes complete with state-of-the-art special effects, and a replica of the iconic Watch Tower. Those who are brave enough will travel through deep, dark tunnels amid extensive and realistic themes, bringing to life some of the most compelling and gruesome scenes from the show. They will be confronted by blood-soaked zombies throughout the ride – and even the queue is expected to be scary.

Married John, who started working on the design 18 months ago, said: "Guests will believe the walking dead are all around them - like they are in their own episode of the show. ‘’I watched every episode of the series from start to finish and back to front twice to ensure we got everything exactly right. ‘’I was a fan of the show anyway, but I spent two months watching it along with official AMC Walker training videos. ‘’Thorpe Park Resort has been consistently raising the bar in the scare stakes for years and this will be the ultimate test of riders’ mettle.

John, who lives in Kew near Richmond, Surrey added: ‘’Our Fright Nights season was amazing. The next step was to give The Walking Dead its own ride, a home here. ‘’It is going to be right up there with the best in the world in terms of the whole experience. ‘’We are combining physical and digital effects because it is going to be dark, so we are going to make the most of that. ''The darkness acted as a canvas for us. We have incorporated the latest in special effects, lighting, smells and even touch elements to create a terrifyingly unique atmosphere. ‘’The experience does not stop when you get off the ride. The whole experience from the point when you join the queue is going to be immense.''

Earlier this month, keen candidates were put through their paces in a bid to land one of the oddest jobs on the planet – a scare actor at Thorpe Park Resort during their upcoming Year of The Walking Dead. Wannabe zombies are required to meet strict ‘scare-factor’ criteria including the ability to frighten guests in any environment, coping with sudden screams from thrill-seekers, and keeping in character in any situation. Key responsibilities include being able to interact in character with members of the public, being able to become zombie-like at a moment’s notice, and being able to cope well with sudden noises from thrill seekers, including screaming.

The roller coaster opens this Easter and is at the centre of Thorpe Park Resort’s Year of The Walking Dead unmissable series of events. The Surrey based theme park re-opens for its 2018 season on Friday 23 March.
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Re: Thorpe Park Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:27 am

It sounds to me like a re-theme versus a new coaster. Maybe a new overlay can help riders make sense of this coaster.
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