Thorpe Park catch phrase “Nation’s Thrill Capital” best described the park moto and public aim. This trill seekers paradise has 7 rollercoaster and 27 dark rides, including the iconic Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm and new for 2017 Derren Brown’s Ghost Train.
In fact the park located in Chertsey, Surrey, England, United Kingdom tries to make its mark as a leading theme park for thrill seekers offering rides and attractions to mainly cater for those on an adrenaline rush. In 2015 Thorpe Park was the 13th most visited theme park in Europe and 2nd most popular theme park in the United Kingdom (after Alton Towers) with 1,850,000 visitors.
Whilst it may appeal to those whom are younger and are purely seeking the thrill factor, Thorpe Park has great scenery, entertainment for kids, good food stands with chain fast-food restaurants and in-house outlets provide everything from pizzas to pub lunches, and in general looks great and well maintained. But the park stills falls short if you have children under 1.4 meters ridding with us like in our 10 pack group.
The park is not divided into themed areas like most other in Europe and America and is very compact so you can get to all the rides quickly. We started off with The Swarm, a “winged” coaster, set in a post-apocalyptic area at the park dotted with burnt-out vehicles and broadcast and soundtrack sometimes interrupted with news about the end of the world (repeated over and over because the lines are huge and we have to wait for almost an hour). Then we march to one of Europe’s fastest accelerating launched rollercoaster, the legendary Nemesis Inferno, for Stealth, for Colossus and ended up at the world most terrifying rollercoaster SAW: The Ride.
Highlights of our day:
a) Riding Swarm backwards although it is not the whole ride that goes backwards, just the last 2 rows so 8 seats per train. There’s a separate queue for riding backwards and obviously with limited seats it is very long because this is a new option they’re offering for this season and everyone wants to do it!.
b) Riding Stealth for the first time is like being projected to the moon and back without a parachute. You only see the sky and a glimpse of the sun for a few seconds and then you slide back down at 90 miles per hour in an 205ft drop.
We visited in April of 2013, all of the rides were open, but was freezing cold. No lines apart from The Swarm fast track passes weren’t needed. Everything at Thorpe is pricey but we had a nice 40% discount as a group of 10. Loud independent fast paced music and portable head phones courtesy of the park also managed to create a fun and buzzing atmosphere!.
In sum, Thorpe Park is not yet as thrilling as Cedar Point, Ohio, in America, but if the park owners keep investing in high quality roller coasters it could be a 5 star experience in the near future.
By Paula Martins, Roberto Brito, Sandra Dias, Sandra Nunes, Rosa Ferreira, Ana Rita Mendes, Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated: 12/10/2014
Location: Staines Rd, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom
Tickets: From ££34.99 online (Adults One Day + 1 fast track) and from £29.99 (Adult One Day)Top Rides
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