Why am I not surprised?
All prejudice towards the Mirror aside, this is one of the most factually incorrect articles I've read in quite a while.
The first thing I noticed is that the article was published at 5:02PM on the same day. The park had not even closed for the day.
They reference the queue times website as a source for saying that five rides were closed and those open had long queues. Are they seriously saying that someone at the Mirror was periodically monitoring that website? You have to be at the park to access their official queues site. Aside from this, the queue website is only updated every so often, so if a ride is down for five minutes, it's likely to show on the website as "closed" for at least half an hour, so it's impossible to use this as proof that five rides were down simultaneously, especially when you have no evidence that the site even said this, just a load of "angry parents".
"Nemesis Inferno" is a hyperlink. When you click it, it takes you to the story of the Tsunami derailment. As the two rides are both suspended coasters with red track, it's very easy for the general public to immediately associate the two rides together and to think even less of Thorpe Park, who had nothing to do with the M&D's incident. Agenda much, Mirror?
They then proceed to list example queue times from the day with no evidence whatsoever. 2 hours for SAW is excessive but not unheard of, especially with 3 coasters down. 85 on I'm a Celebrity is due to its dire throughput, it's usually at least an hour in summer anyway. 80 for Tidal Wave is to be expected on the hottest day of the year and an hour for X? The ride usually peaks at around 50, big deal.
There's then a link to a Smiler article. No comment.
A picture of the "two hour queue for SAW" is shown, which is actually a picture of a fairly large queue for Samurai. SAW is under construction in the picture.
A series of Tweets are then listed (presumably as "evidence"?), in which a load of people have a bit of a tantrum because they chose to go to Thorpe Park on the hottest day of the year when multiple rides were listed on the website as being down beforehand. Wow, I really feel for them.
A reference is later made to the evacuation of Colossus a little while back after someone stuck their leg out on the lift hill, before the story comes to an abrupt end.
Thorpe Park have the right to close any ride or part of the park as they wish or need to without notice. In the case of yesterday, some unavailability was advertised on the website beforehand and
the park were offering free return tickets. They could have done so much less in terms of customer service and couldn't have done much more when it came to ride availability. What did these people want the park to do? Put them on a broken ride?
Burniel | Great at theme park knowledge, not so great at designing signatures.