^ Yes, it kind of was....except that Geauga Lake (at least the last time I was there as SFWOA was a better park!) :shock:
Ok, so on to Thorpe Park!!!! So after only a few hours of sleep since Tom got stuck on UK motorways......
First off, let me say that this was a GREAT park day! This day really kicked A$$! Thanks to Non-German Tom and Scott for showing up and helping not make the day boring, too.
The park was busy, but not a lot of people in the queues. Most rides were either a walk on or less than 15 minute wait. And to top it off, we got on pretty much ALL the rides the park had to offer! Even the rapids and all the flat rides. I think the only major ride we didn't do was the log flume, but I've done that before.
I'll do this in bullet point since I've had a long flight and been to another park between Thorpe and now, so this might be the easiest way for me to re-cap.
First we went to:
- Nemesis Inferno. I have to say, I wasn't expecting much. Of the last few recent B&Ms I've been on: Silver Bullet, Talon, Batman: Dark Knight, etc there haven't been too many that I'd rush right out and ride again. Not that any of them are "bad", they just aren't that great.
Nemesis Inferno was in what I would consider that "2nd tier" of B&Ms. It would be hard to compare it to another invert, since there hasn't been one I can think of to compare it to. I guess you can say it's like "what Talon SHOULD have been..." or a shorter version of Carowind's Top Gun, but what it actually 'felt' like was more along the lines of Wildfire or Batman: Knight Flight. It had a good layout, it wasn't too forceful yet it's certainly NOT forceless, and it had good themed elements. (the mist tunnel at the beginning was great!)
Overall, this coaster did NOT disappoint! (So those of you keep insisting I go around hating all new B&Ms you can eat this and my review of Shakira!)
Ok onto the rest of the park:
- Rapids ride - did this because there was no line. Nothing too amazing, I don't even think any of us got wet! But it DID have the damn wave machine you see in EVERY European rapids ride! (Why they aren't in the US is beyond me!)
- Drop Tower - This is one of those Fabbri Drop Towers and I remember really liking it a LOT in 2002, and it was no different today. It was GREAT!
- Tidal Wave. Scott and I didn't do this, but Non-German Tom did. He didn't get very wet, so we should have ridden, but oh well. I still really like the theming on this splash down boat.
- X:\No Way Out - What can I see. This ride is awesomely crap! I mean, it's so bizarre and so pointless that it's cool! This time, though, not only did we get sprayed in the face with air on the pitch black shuffling back and forth mid-course, but we were misted too! I think Non-German Tom got more wet on this than Tidal Wave.
- Screamin Swing (or Rush I think it's called.) It's a 16 seater version of the ride at Skull Kingdom in Orlando. Fun ride. It's a bit short, but still fun. They were only running one side, so when both sides are open this must push through a decent amount of people.
- Colossus - I wish I can say that the recent reports about this ride not aging well were false, but unfortunately they are true. Not that the ride has gotten bad or anything, but it has picked up that Intamin shuffle that XLR8R and some of the other Intamin coasters have. It's not 'headbanging' rough (at least not for me), but I could see some smaller people getting thrown around a bit more. Overall, it's still a really fun ride and I'd still rank it fairly high in my steel coaster list (it's a solid B category).
- Samurai - This is the Top Scan that used to be at Chessington. Great program! Not as crap as the program that Canada's Wonderland was running and nowhere near as insane as the "Top Buzz" I rode at the Goose Fair many years ago, but still VERY good!
- Vortex - I'm not sure what it is about these Chance Frisbee's, but I seem to remember them all spinning a LOT more at one point. Now they seem to do a lot more swinging and less spinning. Am I crazy or do other people remember this too?
- Slammer (S&S Swat) - I finally got on one of these! Last year the Astroworld one was broken, and this year I thought this would be a miss too since it was closed when we first got into the park. But good for Thorpe getting it open mid-day and good for us just happening to walk by RIGHT as it opened! Overall I really liked this ride. It reminded me a lot of a skyscraper except the cars don't spin. There are some really strong forces on it, and it was just a great deal of fun. I hope more parks get these.
- Flying Carpet - It was a flying carpet and there was no line. So we rode. No big deal!
We rode Colossus and Nemesis again because there were no lines and ended up getting three rides on Nemesis. Oh, yeah, there's an Intamin rocket coaster under construction there too. Lots of people moving dirt around and cement things with bolts sticking out of them. I guess the coaster bits and pieces go on there.
So overall a really great day! I set off just after 3pm to Heathrow for the next leg of my 'around the world' trip....Hong Kong! I got to the airport really quickly and I was at the British Airways check in by about 3:45. Then it took about an hour and a half to get checked in because there were only THREE people checking in this HUGE line covering 5 switchbacks!!! Overall it was worth the wait because I got upgraded!!! Yay! So I ended up in one of those chairs that turns into a bed for the 12 hour flight. I ended up sleeping for like 9 hours! The only weird part is that I had to face BACKWARDS. It's just the way BA did their business class section, but it seems to make a lot of sense.
Anyway, that was my awesome day at Thorpe, onto the photos....