- Thorpe Park
Infobox Amusement park
name = Thorpe Park
location = flagicon|UK
Chertsey, United Kingdom
May 31 1979
season = February to November
area = convert|500|acre|km2
rides = 24
coasters = 5
water_rides = 3
Nick Leslau, leased to Merlin Entertainments
homepage = [http://www.thorpepark.com/ www.thorpepark.com ]
slogan = The nation's thrill capital
Thorpe Park is a theme park located in
Surrey, United Kingdom. It was built in 1979on the site of a gravel pit which was partially flooded with the intention of creating a water based theme for the park. The park's first large roller coaster, "Colossus", was added in 2002. In 2007, Tussauds was bought out by Merlin Entertainments, who now operate the park on a lease from Nick Leslau. [cite web |url=http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article2779452.ece/ |title=Merlin sells Alton Towers in £622m deal |accessdate=2007-07-30]
In 2007, the park had 1.7 million visitors, making it the second most visited theme park in the United Kingdom (after Alton Towers), and 13th most visited in Europe. [cite paper
Themed Entertainment Association
coauthors = Economics Research Associates
title = Attraction Attendance Report
publisher = Park World
date = May 2008
url = http://www.connectingindustry.com/downloads/pwteaerasupp.pdf
format = PDF
accessdate = 2008-07-03]
Thorpe Park is situated on what was a quarry in Chertsey / Staines, up until the late 1970s. Former owners Ready Mix Concrete filled the site with water after the quarry's closure, with the intent to start an educational leisure park.cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark-jobs.com/about_us/more/ |title=More about Thorpe Park - Three decades of thrills |accessdate=2007-08-28] On
May 24, 1979, Thorpe Park was officially opened by Louis Mountbatten who lent his name to the Mountbatten Pavilion, a large domed structure located at the entrance to the park. [cite web |url=http://www.chertseylocal.co.uk/History/P11ChertseyHistoryModernTimes.php |title=A History of Chertsey - Modern Times |accessdate=2007-08-28] [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkinsider.co.uk/history/story.php |title=The History of Thorpe Park |accessdate=2007-08-28] At this early stage in the park's history, the complex consisted of educational exhibitions such as "Model World", a collection of famous structures from around the world built in 1:36 scale, with the Mountbatten Pavilion housing a standing aircraft display. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkguide.com/features/historytp/index.html |title=A restoration success story |accessdate=2007-08-28]
1998, the park was bought by The Tussauds Group, who at the time also owned Chessington World of Adventures, the sister attraction of Thorpe Park. As a result of the close proximity of the two parks, Tussauds decided to cater for two different markets, with Chessington being transformed into a family park. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark-jobs.com/about_us/the_group/ |title=The Tussauds Group |accessdate=2007-08-28]
*A few attractions including the Cinema, Magic Mill, Waterbus services, Model World, Railway, Teacups, Nature Trails, Phantom Phantasia, Thorpe Farm and Sunken Gardens.
Space Station Zeroopened. 1987
*Thunder River water ride opened.
*Palladium Theatre opened.
*Re-themed Space Station Zero into the Flying Fish.
*Carousel Kingdom opened.
*The Rangers Show opened.
*Drive in the country opened.
*Fantasy Reef area refurbished.
**Depth Charge opened.
*Children's area refurbished.
**Viking Rowers opened.
**Hudson River Rafters opened.
*Calgary Stampede opened.
*Virtual Reality Centre opened.
*Magic Mill closed.
*Ranger County area opened.
**Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride opened.
*Mr Rabbit's Tropical Travels opened.
*Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari opened.
*Drive in the country closed.
*X: No Way Out, the world's first dark backwards roller coaster opened.
The Tussauds Grouppurchase the park.
*Palladium Theatre closed.
*Ranger Show closed.
*Dare Devil Drivers opened.
*Wet Wet Wet! opened.
*Pirates 4D, a 4D cinema attraction starring
*Carousel Kingdom closed.
*Viking Rowers closed.
*Tidal Wave, a Shoot the Chute made by Hopkins Rides, opened becoming the tallest ride in the park, at that time.
*Dare Devil Drivers closed.
*Bumper Boats closed.
July 21a major fire broke out in the centre of the park.
**This destroyed The Wicked Witches Haunt and the inside area of Mr Rabbit's Tropical Travels, The Wicked Witches Haunt got closed immediately but Mr Rabbit's Tropical Travels was reopened until the end of the 2001 season, it was then demolished to make way for the 2003 rollercoaster Nemesis Inferno
**A Huss Enterprise was drafted in as a replacement.
*The Lost City area was established, with the Enterprise (that was introduced in 2000) being rethemed and renamed Zodiac and Vortex (A
KMG Afterburner) as its first rides.
*Thunder River closed, ready to be revamped into Ribena Rumba Rapids for the 2002 season.
*Detonator, Mega Drop made by
Fabbri, opened in Calypso Quay. 2002
*Colossus, An Intamin roller coaster with a record-breaking 10 inversions and a quadruple corkscrew, opened.
*Safari High Dive show opened for one season.
*Thunder River re-opened as Ribena Rumba Rapids.
*Debut of the park's annual Halloween event, Fright Nights.
*"Dino Boats" removed in the Calypso Quay area of the park.
*Nemesis Inferno, a
Bolliger & Mabillardinverted roller coaster themed around a tropical volcano opened.
*Also Quantum, a Fabbri magic carpet ride, opened.
*Eclipse, a Fabbri
Ferris wheel, opened.
*A Spiderman show was performed in the arena. This continued into 2004 and was replaced in 2005 by Stuntzmania.
*Calgary Stampede closed, to make way for Samurai from Chessington World of Adventures
*Samurai, a Mondial Top Scan, moved from Chessington, opened.
*New Spiderman show opened.
*Tea Cup Twisters rethemed to 'Storm in a Tea Cup' to fit with nearby Amity Cove's theming.
*Flying Fish closed at the end of the season to make way for Stealth in 2006.
*Eclipse closed at the end of the season due to lack of riders, only lasting one season. It was moved to Chessington and renamed 'Peeking Heights'.
*Slammer, an S&S Sky Swat, opened on March 26th, after being delayed due to technical issues.
*Rush, an S&S Screamin' Swing and the world's biggest air-powered speed swing (Until the opening of Skyhawk at Cedar Point in the US), opened during the afternoon of 27 May.
*Stealth, an Intamin Accelerator Coaster which launches riders from 0-80 mph in 2.3 seconds opens with the park on March 15th. A 'Ride It First' competition was held with the lucky winners experiencing Stealth before it opened to the rest of the guests.
*Zodiac is replaced by another Enterprise, sourced from Drayton Manor.
*StreetXtreme replaces Stuntzmania in the Arena.
*Flying Fish returned, located between Tidal Wave and Wet Wet Wet.
*Thorpe Farm closes. Lack of visitors is the main reason for the closure.
*Canada Creek Railway reopened as a small circuit around Canada Creek, and it no longer travelled to Thorpe Farm. The railway takes a 'Spot the Bear' theme, the bear hunt.
*Ribena's sponsorship contract ends and so "Ribena Rumba Rapids" changes its name to 'Rumba Rapids'. The ride remains unchanged.
*Stealth is 'upgraded'. The ride now accelerates from 0-80 mph in under 2 seconds, previously it was 2.3 seconds [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.com/explore_the_park/stealth/stealth.asp?css=2 |title=Thorpe Park: Explore The Park: Stealth |accessdate=2007-09-01] .
*StreetXtreme removed, no show is currently hosted in the arena although planning permission has been applied for to host the Se7en marquee for a period of 5 years, starting from October 2007. Fact|date=September 2007.
* The park started opening for February half term, in previous years the park had not opened for the season until March. During February reduced entrance fees apply as limited rides are available. Many rides are still closed for winter maintenance.
*New 4D Cinema film "Time Voyagers" to replace "Pirates 4D" opens.
*It is announced that Canada Creek Railway will not run for the whole season due to construction of the 2009 Canada Creek Coaster.
*Arena is once again used for shows this season after not being used last season.
Thorpe Park is split up into eight themed areas, although they are not used often in the park.
Known more commonly as "The Dome", Port Atlantis has a marine theme. This building contains such essentials as guest services, shops, toilets, lockers, a bar and staff areas. It includes a large restaurant called 'The Glasshouse'. When the park initially opened this was known as the Mountbatten Pavilion.
Lost City is the largest area in Thorpe Park, hosting the majority of the rides in the park. It is based around a Mayan temple/land.
* "Colossus", a
roller coasterwith 10 inversions built by Swissmanufacturer Intamin. Upon its opening in 2002, it broke the world record for the roller coaster with the most inversions. The ride currently jointly holds this record along with an identical ride in China.
* "Samurai", a Mondial Top Scan which originally opened in
1999at Chessington World of Adventures. It moved to Thorpe Park in 2004with a new colour scheme following refurbishment.
* "Vortex", a 32-seater park-based model of the KMG Afterburner. The ride opened in
* "Quantum", a
FabbriMagic Carpet ride, opened in 2003.
* "Zodiac", a Huss Enterprise. In
2000, following the destruction of the Wicked Witches Haunt, the park purchased an ex-German Travelling Huss Enterprise as a filler attraction. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkinsider.co.uk/history/timeline.php |date=2002 |title=Thorpe Park History |accessdate=2008-02-28] This was refurbished and themed to blend into Lost City for 2001but was removed at the end of 2006only to be replaced by another from Drayton Manor, [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkinsider.co.uk/history/timeline.php |date=2002 |title=Thorpe Park History |accessdate=2008-02-28] with all the original theming (the zodiac signs and sun shapes) gone with the old Zodiac.
* "". Housed within a terracotta-coloured pyramid is the world's first and only backwards in-the-dark roller coaster which opened in
1996. It has been through a number of changes, such as: the on-train sounds were replaced by on-ride sounds and a large section of the queue line was cut off for the temporary "Fright Nights" attraction, "Freakshow 3-D". In 2007, the ride was refurbished and now has a storyline added and the robot dummies from the original queueline have been put on the third animation block brake run of the ride.
* "Rush", an S&S Screaming Swing. The ride features two arms which seat 32 people, secured by lap bars. Opened in 2005. Compressed air is used to propel the arms up to a height of around 60ft. The ride lost its crown as the world's largest Screaming Swing when
Cedar Pointopened a larger model.Fact|date=August 2007
Calypso Quay is home to:
Nemesis Inferno— a Bolliger & Mabillardinverted roller coaster. It is marketed as the 'sister' ride of the original Nemesis at Alton Towers, which is also a B&M inverted roller coaster, and a sign along the ride exit invites riders to visit Nemesis at Alton Towers. Themed as an escape from a volcano.
* Detonator — a Fabbri drop tower in which riders are hoisted up 115 ft, with legs dangling, and launched down by
pneumatics. This gives a comparable amount of airtime to freefalling from a tower twice as tall.Fact|date=August 2007
* Time Voyagers — a 4D cinema with water and vibrating effects in the seats.
* Rumba Rapids — a river rapids ride by Intamin, which was updated from Thunder River in
2002for a sponsorship deal with Ribena (and renamed 'Ribena Rumba Rapids'). The sponsorship ended for the 2007 season, so the ride was renamed again to simply 'Rumba Rapids'.
* Storm in a Tea Cup — this ride was rethemed to look worn down and damaged to fit with nearby Amity Cove's Tidal Wave theming.
Themed around a Canadian creek, this area is home to:
Loggers Leap— a log flume which is themed around logging in Canada(hence the boats are themed as "logs"). Features two drops (one indoors/underground). The larger of the two drops contains a straight section (double drop) which adds airtime to the ride. Currently the tallest Log Flume in the UK.Fact|date=August 2007
* Slammer — an
S&S PowerSky Swat, located to the rear of X: No Way Out. This ride is the first Sky Swat outside of America, and only the second to be built by the company. On March 19, 2006, emergency services were called when the ride malfunctioned, leaving riders stranded for nearly an hour. [cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/4822328.stm |title=Park closes ride after 41 trapped |date= 2006-03-19|publisher= BBC News|accessdate=2007-08-29]
* Rocky Express — small, circular roundabout-type ride for younger visitors.
* Canada Creek Railway — A miniature railway that runs through Canada Creek and around Loggers Leap, offering views of forest land and the lake the park is built inside. From 1989 until 2006 the railway ran to Thorpe Farm, but was re-routed to its current shorter route ready for the 2007 season, with the closure of Thorpe Farm. The ride is mainly aimed at family groups and since the closure of Thorpe Farm the ride has adopted a bear hunt theme, where riders are invited to see how many bears they can spot during the journey (there are models of bears at various locations around the track). The ride is closed for the 2008 season due to work on Thorpe Park's new 2009 roller-coaster.
* Project Dylan— Opens Spring 2009.
During the Fright Nights around
Halloween, Canada Creek also becomes home to the "Hellgate" horror maze (previously Freakshow 3-D).
Themed around a 1950s New-Hampshire fishing village devastated by a tidal wave. It has its own park radio station, WWTP radio, hosted by 'Big Bob'. The rides in this area include:
* Tidal Wave — a "Shoot the Chute" style ride from O.D. Hopkins, on which riders are carried in a 4-tonne reinforced GRP hull to a height of 85 feet over a 3 million gallon lagoon. The boat is then dropped down a track into the lagoon with an impact force of 1.5g,Fact|date=August 2007 forcing 3 tonnes of water into the air. Most of this water either shoots straight up and lands back on the riders, or shoots forward in a long spray that reaches a 'Splash Zone' where spectators can stand.
* Stealth — Thorpe Park's newest roller coaster which opened in 2006. Stealth is an
Accelerator Coasterdesigned by Intamin AGand features a hydraulic 80 mph (128 km/h) launch up a 205 ft top hat incline at approx 3gs, a vertical drop and a large "airtime" hill. In 2007 Stealth was upgraded to Stealth 1.1. The upgrade was in the ride's acceleration - it now launches riders to 80mph in 1.9 seconds as opposed to the original 2.3 seconds.
* Flying Fish — Small Mack powered roller coaster. Removed in 2005 to make way for Stealth, but now has been re-installed between Tidal Wave and Depth Charge. The re-installed version carries a photo section and a fastrack queue. In 2004, the Fish carriage was green, but for 2007 a brand new train has been purchased - Orange cars including 'bucket' seats and proper lapbars.Fact|date=August 2007 The original track is still used - but has been re-painted blue - and a new ride theme has been adopted (Surfer Dude) Many announcements are to do with surfers and all have a children friendly appeal.Fact|date=August 2007 Flying Fish was renamed after having been called Space Station Zero when it was installed in 1979.
Ranger County is themed around the "Thorpe Park Rangers" mascots. The current rides consist of:
* Mr Monkey's Banana Ride — a small swinging ship type ride, themed to a banana.This famously appared on the inbetweeners episode thorpe park
* Chief Ranger's Carousel — containing figurines of the Thorpe Park rangers and vehicles themed as current and past rides. These include a Logger's Leap boat, a Thunder River boat, a Wicked Witches Haunt car, a Hudson River Rafters raft, a blue and green Flying Fish car, a Teacup from Teacup Twisters, a Viking Rowers boat and a Mr Elephant car (as well as traditional carousel horses).
* Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari — cars travel around a short track through figurines and shrubbery. Fungle Safari originally opened in 1990 as "A Drive In The Country" in the area where X: No Way Out is currently located. This was closed in 1994 and relocated in the Ranger County area in 1995. After Tropical Travels was destroyed by a major fire in 2001, some of its surviving theming was moved to Fungle Safari and the ride was also shortened to make room for Nemesis Inferno.
"The Showcase" is currently featuring on the Ranger County stage. This was once home to shows featuring the Thorpe Park Rangers, since then the Showcase has been used for karaoke and is currently showing the "Top Rockers" show during busy periods.
The area also contains "Calypso BBQ and Bar", a covered outdoor BBQ restaurant and "Jumpin' Juices" which sells fresh fruit juices.
During the Fright Nights events in October, Ranger County also contains a themed maze, which has been known as "The Asylum" since 2005. This enters through a door at the back of "The Showcase", with the queue line starting at Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari and using the queueline for the ride (the ride closes early), continuing through the ride exit for Fungle Safari and then entering a cattle grid which goes through The Showcase. The attraction exit is located just to the right of The Showcase.
Themed around the mythical Neptune, this area is home to:
* Depth Charge — a 40ft tall four lane water slide, in which riders sit in dinghies. The ride, when opened in 1991, was advertised as being the "World's First Four Lane Water Slide".Fact|date=August 2007
* Neptune's Beach — two large paddling pools for small children with various fountains and an imitation sandy beach.
* Wet Wet Wet — 3 water chutes differing in height.
* Sea Snakes and Ladders — 1.2m in height, ideal for young thrill seekers.
The park have confirmed that a new Fright Night maze will be constructed on the beach for Fright Nights 2008. This attraction will be called The Curse [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.com/what_coming_up.php |title= What's coming up at the UK's most thrilling theme park! |accessdate=2008-09-14] .
Located in the area between Port Atlantis, Amity Cove and X:No Way Out. Octopus Garden is a small aquatic-themed area with several small rides for very young children. There are seven rides:
* Swinging Seashells - a small Ferris wheel which contains seashell themed cars, each seating four children
* Fantasy Fish - a small carousel type ride which contains individual fish which the children can sit on top of (like carousel horses although they don't move) and fish that two children can sit inside. The ride then rotates at a slow speed.
* Galleon Race - a round ride with boat shaped cars. The ride rotates round, and as the ride rotates the boats move over small bumps.
* Happy Halibuts - another round ride with suspended fish shaped cars which are free to swing. The ride rotates and lifts to an angle, with the cars being free to swing under
centripetal force. This ride is the only ride in the area to have a minimum height restriction, which is 0.9m.
* Ollie Octopus - a round ride with one continuous ring shaped car which the children sit in. The ride rotates slowly and lifts at an angle.
* Up Periscope - a round ride with submarine shaped cars. The cars rise and the ride rotates.
* Slippery Serpent - a small track based ride, with a small train which moves slowly around the track.
Each ride has a maximum height restriction of 1.3m, the only ride which has a special exception is Slippery Serpent where a guest over 1.3m can accompany one under 1.3m. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.com/explore_the_park/height_guide.asp?css=2 |title= Explore the Park: Height Guide |accessdate=2007-08-28]
All rides are usually open, although there are usually fewer operators in the area than rides available and so the operators rotate around the rides when they are available to do so.
The area also has a Donuts shop and an entrance to Thorpe Mega Store.
Fastrack is the current name for a priority queuing system in place at Thorpe Park as well as other Merlin parks. The system is based on the idea of assigning a limited number of guests a time to ride a particular attraction and allowing them reduced queuing time. The system has worked in a number of ways at the park and under a number of different names.
The first such system to be introduced, which was trialled for three seasons, was the Q-Bot system which emerged in the 1990s and attracted attention from
BBCprogramme Tomorrow's World. This system gave guests a pager-like device which beeped when it was their slot on a particular ride. [cite web |url=http://www.lo-q.com/press/Amusement%20Business%20March%202001.htm |title=Six Flags Debuts Queue Management |accessdate=2007-08-29]
The Virtual Q system emerged in 2000 and worked by using a number of machines by the entrance to a ride where guests would scan their park tickets and received a printed out a ticket with a time to ride the particular ride. The system was renamed "Fastrack" in 2003 [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkguide.com/parktour/calypsoquay/photos/nemesis5.jpg|title= Picture of Nemesis Inferno's entrance showing Fastrack ticket machines in operation |accessdate=2007-09-02] .
The current system is based on the "4Play" ticket which was introduced in 2004 as an adjunct to the ticket machine issued Fastrack tickets. The ticket allowed guests to pay £4 and get a non time limited ticket for one Fastrack ride on Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Tidal Wave and Logger's Leap. The range of rides that Fastrack is offered on has since been extended. From 2006, tickets could be purchased in themed packages or individually. Fastrack tickets are also available for Thorpe Park's Fright Night maze attractions. The current packages available are: [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.com/tickets/ticket_prices.asp?css=2 |title=Tickets: Ticket Prices |accessdate=2007-08-29]
* Adrenalin - one Fastrack ride on Rush, Slammer, Samurai, Vortex
* Extreme - one Fastrack ride on Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, X:No Way Out and then either Tidal Wave or Loggers Leap
* Stealth Only ('Pole Position' front seat tickets are available at an additional charge)
* Hydration - one ride on Rumba Rapids, Tidal Wave & Logger's Leap.
* Ultimate - a wristband which allows unlimited Fastrack access to Fastrack rides (Colossus, Stealth, Nemesis Inferno, X:No Way Out, Tidal Wave, Logger's Leap, Flying Fish, Rush, Slammer, Samurai, Vortex, Rumba Rapids) all day.
ingle Rider Queue
As another way of aiming to reduce guests' queuing times, Thorpe Park also operates single rider queue lines as an adjunct to Fastrack. Single Rider is available on Stealth, almost every day, and also on Flying Fish on busy days. The system allows people who don't mind riding alone another way to queue in a separate queue line. If a single spare seat becomes available, then a single rider would be admitted, potentially reducing the queue time [cite web |url=http://www.themeparkjunkies.co.uk/index.php?act=parkguide&pip=8&park=2 |title=Single Rider |accessdate=2007-08-30] . Riders are informed that the single rider queue may be as long as the main queue. [cite web |url=http://www.themeparkreview.com/miniuk2006/thorpe41.jpg|title=Stealth Single Rider Entrance, from Theme Park Review|accessdate=2007-09-07]
Thorpe Park has held, and still continues to hold, a number of records for its rides. These include:
*Colossus was the world's first roller coaster to feature ten inversions (the highest number of inversions in the world). It has not been succeeded by any other coaster, but equalled by an identical coaster in China.
*Stealth was previously the fastest rollercoaster in Europe until
Furious Bacotook the record in 2007. Stealth still holds the record for the fastest acceleration of any rollercoaster in Europe (0-80 mph in under 2 seconds as opposed to Furious Baco's 0-83.9 mph in 3.5 seconds).
* opened as, and is still, the world's only backwards in-the-dark roller coaster.
Loggers Leapis the tallest log flume in the UK.
*Tidal Wave was the tallest water ride in Europe until 2002.
*Nemesis Inferno has the longest pre lift section of any inverted B&M coaster in the world.
"Fright Nights" have been running at Thorpe Park since 2002 [cite web |url=http://hauntedattractions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=63&Itemid=74 |title=Haunted Attractions UK - Thorpe Park Fright Nights... an EVILution! |accessdate=2007-08-30] . For a period during October the park opens until 8pm on off peak days and 10pm on peak days (11pm in 2003) to allow guests to ride the rides in the dark along with some additional attractions. Some of the extra attractions that have featured over the years are:
*"The Asylum" is a 'Live Action Horror Maze' attraction which has been a part of Fright Nights since
2005, replacing "The Freezer". It uses a maze of chicken wire fencing, smoke and strobe lighting to disorentate, and involves various actors, including a patient armed with a chainsaw.
*"Hellgate" is another maze, and was first introduced in
2005, located at the rear of X:No Way Out. The attraction is based on a run down stately home, ruled by the fictional evil spirts of Lady and Lord Denham.
*"SE7EN" open in
2006is the gruesome third maze, based on the Seven Deadly Sins. The attraction is situated in the Arena in the centre of the park where a temporary structure is erected inside a tent.
*"The Curse" is the latest edition to Thorpe Parks horror mazes. Opening at the 2008 Fright Nights, this maze is based around an old ship wreck which was washed ashore to Amity Cove.(These four attractions are not recomended for anyone below the age of 12.)
*"Circus of Horrors" a show which takes place in the Time Voyagers theatre.
2002only, the stretch of park from Canada Creek through Ranger County was converted into "Scare-Zone". Two haunted-mazes, "The Freezer" and "Freakshow 3-D" were installed at either end of the area.
*"The Freezer" ran from
2002until 2004. The attraction consisted of a maze which was entered through a large freezer-style door. "The Freezer" was altered slightly for the 2005season and was renamed "The Asylum".
*"Freakshow 3-D" ran from
2002until 2004Guests wore 3D glasses through the maze style attraction.
*"Ultimate Horror Movie Bites" was a film shown in the "Pirates 4D" building comprising of a montage of
In adverts for Fright Nights, the three main rollercoasters (Colossus, Stealth, and Nemesis Inferno) are referred to as the "Unholy Trinity" [cite web|url=http://www.thorpepark.com/misc/fright_nights/fright_nights.asp?css=2|title=Thorpe Park:Fright Nights|accessdate=2007-09-15]
"Thorpe Blast" is the name for Thorpe Park's annual fireworks display. The event is held during the first weekend of
November, and features music and late closing. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.com/misc/thorpe_blast/thorpe_blast.asp |title=Thorpe Park: Thorpe Blast |accessdate=2007-08-30]
16 November 2007, planning permission for a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighterroller coaster was applied for, [cite web |url=http://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest/wklyplanapps/2007/wk46/1230.DCAPPINFX.001.pdf |title=Thorpe Park 2009 Coaster Plans |accessdate=2008-02-07] and has now been accepted. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpepark.co.uk/docs/2008releases/Press%20Release%20-%2009%20Coaster%20Approved%2031.01.08.doc|title=Thorpe Park 2009 Coaster Plans Accepted (.doc format) |accessdate=2008-02-07] It is expected to open in the 2009season. The upcoming ride will be located in the Canada Creek area of the park and the queue line will be located on the new island which has been created in Abbey lake next to the Samurai entrance, with an additional new path being created via the walkway under Colossus's inline twists. The ride is expected to include a 100ft drop reaching an angle of 100 degrees (the second steepest drop in the world) and three inversions, including a dive loop, Immelmann loop, and a barrel rollin the dark before the main drop. The previous layout included four inversions but was revised in May 2008; the third inversion in the layout was removed and replaced with an airtime hill. [cite web |url=http://www.thorpeparkguide.com/2009/|title=The Thorpe Park Guide 2009 New Coaster |accessdate=2008-02-07]
* [http://www.thorpepark.com Thorpe Park's official website]
* [http://www.merlinentertainments.biz/homepage/homepage_en.aspx Merlin Entertainments official website]
* [http://www.thorpeparkmania.co.uk Thorpe Park Mania]
* [http://www.projectdylan.co.uk Thorpe Park Mania's Mini-site for the 2009 Coaster]
* [http://www.thorpeparkinsider.co.uk Thorpe Park Insider]
* [http://www.themeparkjunkies.co.uk/index.php?act=parkguide&park=2 Thorpe Park at Theme Park Junkies]
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