Justin wrote:I've just had a look and it just states that it is open normal hours throughout the season. I would say though that it is likely to be open an hour before the park opens its gates and a little after, but I can't be sure.
JamieDeath wrote:Visited last Sunday (Easter), thought I'd give a quick summary on my thoughts.
Went on TWDTR first - review posted in the other ride thread.
The rapids have definitely been worked on, and have greatly increased in speed and roughness. You actually get quite wet now! They just need to add some themeing or maybe slap some TWD IP on it to draw in the masses.
I was really impressed by park operations - two trains running on everything, I think Colossus started out with just the one but they added a second later on which dramatically shortened the wait time. Although the apps queue times and the actual queue times for everything seemed to be completely out of sync, not to sure what was going on there. Rush was also running on both arms, which I think is a first for me to see, although, whenever I went to try get on it, it had broken down.
Unfortunately, unbeknown to me, Easter Sunday was Traveller's day, and as the day went on more and more turned up, and it seemed the only reason they were there was to cause fights/destroy stuff. It's a shame with the park only being open a few weeks and having been cleaned up, for them to be going around trying to cause as much carnage as possible. The poor ride attendants were having to put up with a lot from them too. A couple of them jumping over air gates for Stealth - seriously wtf? Security were there trying to do as much as they could but they were greatly outnumbered. Oh and on the subject of Stealth, the audio is completely out of sync now, and the last green light bulb still don't work?? Come on. At the end of the day we tried to get the bus back, but it was surrounded by travellers 'rushing them', trying to smash the windows, opening the emergency exit doors etc. We did get on one luckily, and the driver just had to drive with them clinging on from the outside in the end, a few of them were in the bus fighting with each other.
DBGT: Not really a fan of the new changes. The VR was working well for me (I think, unless for the second VR scene there was something wrong which is why I didn't like the changes).
Exclusive: Thorpe Park's Dominic Jones upping the ante with new immersive ride experiences
Dominic Jones, the man in charge of Britain's Thorpe Park, wants to up the ante when it comes to theme parks, with plans to take its IPs to a whole new level as part of immersive ride experiences.
Thorpe Park has heavily invested in ride theming, particularly in recent years, with Derren Brown's Ghost Train and the rebranded Walking Dead rollercoaster both prime examples of this.
Speaking exclusively to Attractions Management, Jones, who was named divisional director of the park in January last year, said that immersion was key to creating memorable experiences for visitors, not just riding the ride itself.
"What we're trying to do with all of our experiences and rides is making them more than just that," he said. "We want you to be immersed in whatever world it is and that's what we've done here."
After securing the exclusive rights to the Walking Dead brand last year, Thorpe Park has gone all in, creating Halloween-themed horror mazes based on the property and now opening the former X: No Way Out as the rebranded Walking Dead: The Ride. Combining the elements of a traditional horror maze with a rollercoaster, the unique addition to the park has completely refreshed the offering, turning the formerly empty queue lines into one of the park's most popular attractions.
"What's been nice about this ride is the level of theming," said Jones. "It's been really important for me since I've been that everything we put in, we get to that level of theming and immersion.
"We spent a lot of the budget on making sure the theming for Walking Dead is spot on. We've had the creators come over and work with us on it. We've got everything from the iconic bits of the show to hidden stuff and little nods."
With the British summer fast approaching, Jones promised another "game-changer" for the park – last year's being the Walking Dead additions.
"For me, we need to put the guests at the heart of everything we do," said Jones.
"We call it 'guest obsession' – everything we're doing over the next five years, we look at 'how do we make sure we're guest obsessed?' It's about getting that thrill potential back. It's important to reinforce that with Walking Dead: the Ride and everything we're doing with the Walking Dead.
"I can't reveal our plans for the summer because we're currently in the contract stages. What I can say is it's another game-changer. You're not going to want to miss it."
We’ve just had the sunniest April in history and lots of you made your way down to the Island Like No Other for some fun in the sun! We loved seeing all of your pictures of ice creams, sun-kissed coasters and Tidal Wave splashes so much so that we want to treat you all to the details of our next completely unmissable event.
On Saturday 19th May we’ve decided to extend our park opening hours from 10am until 10pm to launch the summer in true THORPE PARK Resort style. That is a whole 12 hours of non-stop theme park action. What could be better than that?
Join us on the Island Like No Other to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a right royal knees up! Where better to have a wedding breakfast than Inferno’s Pizza and Pasta Buffet and who needs wedding cake when you can enjoy donuts from the Donut Factory until 10pm.
Of course, you can take on your own variant of a first dance by experiencing all the twists and turns of Wedding Day Waltz by whizzing round on the ten loops of Colossus or flying around on THE SWARM (bonus points for any of you who turn up in a full Bridal Gown or Tuxedo). We will be showing the Royal Wedding in the dome so bring a hanky if you get emotional at weddings (I know I do)
For those of you who want to hide away from all things Royal Wedding related we also have your backs. Take on our incredible rollercoasters and fantastic thrill rides for the entire day without a second thought about anything else! My personal favourite is a sunset ride on SAW-The Ride or an early evening launch on Stealth.
We're also going to be showing The FA Cup Final ( Chelsea vs Manchester United) in the dome for those who may want a break from 12 hours of non stop rides or just don't want to miss the match!
If you can’t be with us all day on Saturday 19th May then fret not. We’re offering those of you who can’t visit until after 5pm the chance to join us for just £10. You can only buy these tickets for admission between 5pm and 10pm so if you wish to be with us all day then these aren’t the tickets for you. You can pick those tickets up here!
The Walking Dead: The Ride will be exclusively open to Annual Pass and Local Pass holders between 6pm and 10pm with the ride closing to non-Annual Pass holders at 6pm. To ensure that as an Annual Pass or Local Pass holder you’re allowed access to The Walking Dead: The Ride for this exclusive experience you will need to show your annual pass at the entrance of the ride.
To experience the event to the full, get yourself a THORPE PARK Resort Annual Pass for just £49 so you pay once and can come back for an entire year of unmissable events.
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