My little trip report.
Got to Thorpe Park at 9:30am. I didn't get into the park until 10:30am. A whole hour was wasted by me getting my annual pass! However, when i asked for a renewal i was printed off a ticket and told to come back when it was quieter as it was too busy to print it at the moment. So, already fed up and in an annoyed mood, i decided to accept this and wonder into the park. First impressions were that i loved the stilt walkers around the main entrance, no music playing or anything in the main entrance/kiosks area or the bridge was a little let down. Entered the dome and all seemed good so far, place full of life and quite a good atmosphere. I exited from the lower dome and out of the exit by Quantum, this was the first ride i saw experiencing "technical delays" and was evacuated...not good.
Walked past a gorgeous rush, working on two swings and then headed upto the SAW island to meet the rest of the TTFers. Upon getting there, i was greeted by a nice little island, loving the police car and the shop and general area. As not all of us were here yet we decided to go down to Colossus. Oh, woops, nah that wasn't available. Rush it is then. Oh dear, looks like we can't ride that either, technical difficulties. So we decided to go and sit around depth charge. With some of us riding nothing yet, we decided to queue for Depth charge (which had the most annoying music ever) and this was my first little ride of the day - didn't like the tatty look of the beach from the queueline though, doesn't look like they've paid much attention to the themeing nearest to depth charge.
We then had everyone on board and saw that Rush was now working again with a 20min queue, so we queued up for rush – again little effort has gone into themeing here, Rush’s main sign was peeling off! However, was great to see it working well on two swings. After this, we headed down to SAW (now about 11:15) and this is when the day began to go wrong. SAW had broken down upon arrival over the island. One of the stilt actors was ace, really made us laugh with some of the gestures and comments he made. However, the other was crap (and she heard me say so) ahh well, poor love will get over it.
Anyways, so as SAW was being evacuated we decided to hang around a bit and enter the shop, and give the police car a few messages too. But this didn't last long as they decided after a while to corner off the entire island at around quater to 12. The group decided it was Guest Services time whilst Kryn, Ryn, Dean and Myself decided to stay and wait. We waited and we waited and SAW tested and stopped, tested and stopped...etc. Then they decided to play a park wide announcement that SAW was experiencing technical delays and that we would be notified on its return to normal operation (rather worrying they already had a pre-recorded announcement saying this). The staff also didn't know what was going on, they were all telling us different things. "Saw will be open soon", "Saw will be open in the afternoon", "We don't know when saw will open" and one security guard said "It will not being opening today, it's a very very low possibility that it may re-open." I liked her - she was a true speaking member of staff, until she said "every ride has problems, even Disney have this" *gasps* whatta cow! I don't think so love, jog on...
Anyway, after about an hour of waiting and watching them even put water dummies on the ride, we left and went to join the others in pizza hut. Passing a broken down samurai, a broken down/testing colossus, a broken rush, a broken X...not good. We entered pizza hut and the unthinkable happened. They had the broken down bug too! One of their ovens had broken down, meaning that they were allowing guests in but there was hardly any food for the "all day buffet" - shambles. And the staff? Well, completely rude, trying to fob people of with a semi-refund etc.
We then heard that Rumba would be opening at 2pm (rumba was actually operating but wasn't open to the public), so at around 2 we left pizza hut and went to wait at rumba. I actually thought "finally thorpe have seen the need to try and get another ride ready..." but on now, 30 mins later another announcement came on "Rumba rapids will not be opening today". At this point the morale of the group was even lower. We all waited around near Inferno as some went off to exit-pass Inferno. After this, i decided as it was quiet (around 2:45) i would go back to the AP office to print my pass. I walked back toward the dome, walking over litter, going past a busy guest services and experiencing dire, broken and disgusting toilets in the lower dome. I walked over the bridge to see people already leaving and asking where to get their free park ticket and priority tickets. The staff members on the gates pointed the AP office. As they arrived they were told to go back to the kiosks (main of them had no patience which is understandable). I waited about 5 mins, i went over and a lovely lady printed my pass. She asked me if i had rode saw, i replied "nope, was broken down" and she told me they've had teething problems and that it's common. She then said that they had been instructed to print masses and masses of priority passes and entrance tickets due to the sheer amount of rides down and complaints – wow Thorpe, you even know you’re not good at these things so you’re preparing yourselves already? Awww. After this i headed down to Flying Fish to meet some of the TTFers and what a ride that was, beautifully presented....the ponds looked dire and one wasn’t even filled :|
After the fish we were all so low from Thorpe we decided to head on over to the glass house. We sat down and it was nice to just chat and we’d also found out that at one point in the afternoon for a prolonged period of time. All four of Thorpe’s major coasters were down. We then decided to head over to XNWO as it had quite a short queue. So, leaving the bar at around half four we walked down to X. Nice to see some work had gone into X, the entrance that is and also the new lighting in the station was quite cool. Upon exiting X (and my overly long wait to get my bag back thanks to Kryn) we heard the end of day music blaring out, this marked Guest Services time. When, once again we complained about certain issues and problems with Mr Stu filling out a complaints form ticking nearly every single box on the sheet. :lol:
We decided to leave at around 5:30 to go and obtain our SAW priority pass tickets and were greeted by a HUGE queue waiting with only three kiosks open. We began to queue but our problem was solved thanks to ChrisTT who had organised our groups tickets already. I was told by Cod that my annual pass was bust too as they hadn’t printed off my ID number, so off I went back to the AP office. After a while of waiting they printed it off again, only for the same thing to happen and I was told “there’s nothing I can do, must be the printer” – thanks babe, you’re a help!
After a while of banter we all decided to call it a day, and what a day it was. It was around 5:45/6 now and the group left and we said our goodbyes. I remained, waiting for my lift and decided to have a little wonder. First of all, I think it was awful to see Thorpe staff sitting near the entrance and on the kerbs around the area smoking and texting, I still felt that Thorpe should show their professionalism until exiting the car park. I walked over to where I could see Saw and had now seen that power lights had been put on and men working on different areas of the ride, frantically trying to sort it out. I left at 6:45 and I think, if it wasn’t for TTF and the laughs and smiles I had and shared, I would have actually cried – it was so stressful and annoying to witness what we did on Saturday. None of us left with positives about Thorpe. So yeah, all in all a complete bitch of a day!
Was absolutely wonderful to see so many people, especially those I haven’t seen in an age (since Thorpe Blast and even TTF Bank hol meet in August) and also great to meet some others that I hadn’t before, you all made the day worth it – you honestly did!
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