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End of Season Review 2017

Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:36 pm

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2017 was the year the island was invaded with all sorts of monsters. From demon's rising to the dead awakening, the island saw it all. 

Did you visit the island like no other this year? Were you screaming in fear at the monsters? Than we'd love to hear from you!
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Re: End of Season Review 2017

Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:45 pm

This year has been the first time visiting Thorpe Park, The park surpassed all expectations, Theming, Staff, F&B, Rides. Derren Brown's Ghost Train was absolutely amazing knocking Hex off my Number One dark ride, X, My first Vekoma and Indoor coaster whilst the ride was a lot tamer than I expected the atmosphere was fantastic the X soundtrack was amazing. And that soundtrack, What an amazing soundtrack for the Island as it sets up the atmosphere greatly. After wanting to visit for a few years I'm glad I finally got round to doing it!
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Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:22 pm

I went to Thorpe Park for two days in September and I had an amazing time. Part of it was because it was relatively quiet, though there were still queues since most of the big coasters were on one train. SAW, however, was running like a machine and was incredibly efficient. I did it four times - after the third time, we went off the ride but they let us get back on for another round! Probably the highlight of the visit. The other rides were running well too - I found Colossus very rough the second time, but the first time was fun; The Swarm is just as good as it's always been; Nemesis Inferno was great, and this time the lights were on, we even got the mist on the second time. I even got my sister to go on Stealth! I loved it but she didn't quite share the same opinion. Tidal Wave might just be my favourite water ride, and X was great too. Derren Brown's Ghost Train was a bit better than last year, though the end of the second VR is still naff.

In terms of F&B services, I tried Bush BBQ and Nitrogenie. Bush BBQ was very nice, and Nitrogenie (which I tried the last time I went to Thorpe Park) was great too, and the service was far quicker this time around. I enjoyed seeing the new theming around the park, and the music is absolutely superb. Staying at the Shark was really fun and I enjoyed going into the dome in the evening.

I'm glad I went back this year, because I feel like things have really improved at the park. Even some of the old signs in the window of the Megastore were changed to new ones. If I were to suggest some changes, I'd say to refine the security checks and organise things better, and maybe give the rides some more TLC. Colossus needs a good clean. I would have also preferred two train operation on some of the bigger rides, but it was quiet in the park so I understand why they'd stuck to one train. But honestly? I absolutely loved going back to Thorpe Park this year. I'm hoping to do Towers next year for SW8 but I'd love to do Thorpe again as well if I have time. 
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Re: End of Season Review 2017

Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:20 pm

I've visited THORPE PARK less this year but I hope to return next year with a fresh pair of eyes as I just haven't felt it! For me, the park has a different vibe from the other resorts (and rightly so) therefore I feel less relaxed when I visit, compared to Alton or Chessington, due to the size of the park and how busy it feels. While we've had Ghost Train, I also don't feel we have really had anything new and the closure of Slammer and Loggers Leap hasn't helped. 

Overall, the park has worked well to please guests but change is needed!
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Re: End of Season Review 2017

Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:11 pm

Finally got round to writing in this topic. Took me long enough. I've enjoyed this season. Rise of the demon opening on my birthday was awesome and definitely made it feel a bit more special. I am sad that Slammer has closed as it was actually a flat ride i could do, but i hope its going to be replaced by something that i can do. Chances are it won't but one can wish :lol I will admit I was partially proven incorrect with regards to Fright Nights. Sanctum was exactly what i thought it was going to be like, which is a shame, but Living Nightmare was actually good. I think with some tweaks it could be made even better. It was lovely seeing P15 and Big Top getting more investment and made even better. I hope 2018 is just as good as 2017.
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Re: End of Season Review 2017

Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:00 am

2017 featured my first visit to the island and it was incredible. I visited with my friends and their mother who received a disabled pass so queues were irrelevant. It wasn't long after all the terrorism scares so the bag check stuff was at full strength. I found all of that quite confusing and we ended up queuing to have our bag checked without actually having bought tickets so we had to be checked twice. More organisation there would be appreciated.

Our second ride was The Swarm. Wow! I was skeptical about the idea of a Wing coaster thinking it's just a gimmick but it was actually an amazing experience and I'm pretty sure I greyed out a bit at one point. I also really enjoyed Saw as I was not aware of the indoor drop so that really surprised and thrilled me!

We also learned a great trick: if you're ever thirsty just head to the restaurant in the dome for free tap water instead of buying bottles anywhere else. Stealth was also an amazing experience and is as thrilling as it looks. A hidden gem that people don't really appreciate enough is Rumba Rapids, my group really enjoyed it and were impressed by the increased safety procedures with the extra staff. I really hope the Rapids are there to stay. I also controversially enjoyed Storm Surge but then again I didn't have to queue for it.

Thanks Thorpe. It was great
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