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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:35 pm

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How is fast track looking this season so far?

My one visit last year was on a day when they seemed to sell as many fast track as normal tickets. Swarm took 3 hours to get on to because there were 30min pauses in the normal queue to let a huge load of fast track holders on. Same story with Colossus and Nemesis (so it wasn't just because of Swarm being new).

I visited during a school holiday but April isn't usually unbearable for queues. They are having a laugh if they are expecting us to all pay for fast track in order to get a queue length that is barely acceptable without. I have no means to complain if a queue is long and I don't choose to get fast track but I'd never pay extra to still have to wait an hour.

When I went on the 11th, the Colossus fast track queue was the same length as where the member of staff stands to integrate the fast track and general queue and the actual station, it was ridiculous.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:11 pm

Going to Thorpe Park for the first time on Sunday and I really want it to be the perfect day out. So, anyone got any tips to make the most out of my day? Thanks!
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:10 pm

2 schools of thought...

1.get there early and head to swarm, don't worry about going backwards, go forwards first. If you're on one of the first trains, the rest of the park will be walk on.

2. Do everything else first and head to swarm at mid day
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Wed May 01, 2013 3:17 pm

I'm headed to Thorpe Park this Friday for 2 days (staying in a local Premier Inn over the new shed like crash pad) aswel and due to the fact I am an Alton boy through and through and thus never visited Thorpe before, I have no idea what to expect.

Basically I realise it is a bank holiday weekend but does anyone think Friday will be a decent day for ride count? I mean I would like to ride everything once and hopefully the likes of Swarm and Stealth twice (Swarm backwards etc). I am assuming Saturday will be mega due to it being the actual bank holiday weekend and an apparent nice day in general but does anyone here have experience of Thorpe on a may bank holiday Friday? Are fast tracks really worth it?
I have read some posts about the fast track queues and they sound horrendous.

EDIT: And one more thing, If you purchase 2 tickets on friends+family discount with your Premium MAP do you still get the "come back tomorrow for a fiver" offer?
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Thu May 02, 2013 1:27 am

Bank holiday weekend will be busy and I guess many people will book Friday off to have a longer weekend.

The main difference between Thorpe and Alton is the size, at Thorpe all the rides are on top of each other, if there are no queues, you can do the entire park in 2 hours. Thorpe always ensure you can't do this by only having one train on unless its really busy.

Top tip: Get there early, be at the gates for before 09:30 when they open, run over to Stealth, get 2-3 goes in, then over to Nemesis, then Colossus and then Saw, that should be your first half hour done. (My record is 9 goes on Stealth, Nemesis and Saw in 30 mins. After 10 the queues will start to build up. Leave The Swarm until after lunch.

Expect queues of 30-90 mins, depending on how many trains they have running during the day.

Another tip: Many people queue 40 mins + for Storm Surge, try Rumba Rapids, it is never more than a 10 min queue and just as good ride, plus your boat won't have 6 inches of water in the bottom either.

The one ride most people underestimate is Rush, until you go on it, you don't realise how fast and high it goes.

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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Thu May 02, 2013 2:29 pm

Thanks for the advice, we shall be arriving early. I'm going to assume it will be busy to avoid disappointment.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sat May 04, 2013 10:07 pm

Spent the last 2 days at Thorpe and I'm glad to say we all had an awesome time! Friday was the better day of the two with a maximum queue of 10minutes on all the big rides and only 15 for the back row of Swarm! (Highly recommend your first experience of Swarm be backwards, really intense!)

Best ride in park (imo) was probably saw, purely for the indoor drops, sheer speed and vertical lift, most intense was easily Swarm backwards but tbh all the coasters there are fantastic fun and very thrilling. Stealth makes Rita feel like kiddie ride!

A tip for any Alton guys out there aswel, Wear your Smiler hoodies, They get a lot of attention. We had some great banter with the ride attendants! Sadly on a slightly different note, the general service, professionalism and attitude from majority of park staff was extremely poor. With exception to the Swarm ride attendants and the staff in the dome shop our experiences buying food, drinks, parking and rides was really bad, Alton should be immensely proud of their staff as they look like absolute saints compared to Thorpe's.

So in conclusion I guess it is safe to say a bank holiday Friday is a good time to go to Thorpe Park, you'll get a good 15-20 rides during the day and have a great time, but bank holiday sat, sun, mon are too busy and I would avoid if possible.

All in all an excellent park and I will be visiting again! Though for now all I can think about, is Smiling!
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sat May 04, 2013 11:25 pm

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A tip for any Alton guys out there aswel, Wear your Smiler hoodies, They get a lot of attention.

The staff change a lot in how they talk to the GP. some days they are very friendly but others they do seem quite quiet. However they do answer your questions for example last time i was there i was asking whats the throughput of the rides and 9 out of 10 times they would have an answer by the time we got off.
As for the Smiler hoodies i always point them out and often end up having a conversation with the people wearing them and the staff do to most of the time.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sun May 05, 2013 2:03 am

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Stealth makes Rita feel like kiddie ride!



Indeed, it amuses me when people think Rita is brilliant.... should try Stealth :-)

and for those out there who have been on the Dragster and King da ok the states do have bigger, but I love my Stealth. 9 time in a row in under 30 mins was one hell of a way to start off a Sunday morning :-)
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sun May 05, 2013 8:53 pm

To all the people talking about how busy it will be tomorrow, I went yesterday. It was nowhere near as bad as I expected:

Without fastrack we got on:

Stealth x2, once front row (and we had a delay due to the second car being brought in)
Saw: The Ride x3 (twice front row, first car of the day once aswell!, we headed straight for it and it was empty, at 10 in the morning)
Nemesis Inferno x1, the queue was actually long for this, 45 minutes!
The Swarm: Brave It Backwards x2, shortest time was 15 minutes.
The Swarm: Face It Fowards: x3, once on the front row, longest we queued for forwards was under 30 minutes, even though the (NEW, AWESOME LOOKING) boards claimed it was 45 throughout the day.
Colossus x1: Pretty long 40 minute queue, wasn't worth queueing for.
X: x1: 10 minutes, I was pretty impressed.
Loggers Leap: x1: Was fun, and walk on!
Rush: x2, 15 minutes the longest.

Was a good day, got on sooo many rides, didn't even need fastrack.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Mon May 06, 2013 10:10 am

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Indeed, it amuses me when people think Rita is brilliant.... should try Stealth :-)

and for those out there who have been on the Dragster and King da ok the states do have bigger, but I love my Stealth. 9 time in a row in under 30 mins was one hell of a way to start off a Sunday morning :-)


Indeed, it amuses me when people think Stealth is brilliant... should try iSpeed :-)
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Mon May 06, 2013 10:03 pm

O but Stealth is brilliant for those who are unable to get out of the UK.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Mon May 06, 2013 10:13 pm

Went to Thorpe yesterday and we got on The Swarm, Storm Surge, Collossus, Saw, Stealth, Nemesis Inferno, Rush, the rapids and The Slammer. It wasn't as busy as I thought it would be on a bank holiday weekend as we got on everything we wanted! Staff were nice and polite, Stealth had broken down all day, but was open for the last half hour of the park closing, so we ran towards it to find it had a 5 minute queue! Great way to end the day!

Thanks Thorpe Park for a great day out!  :lol: 8)
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sat May 11, 2013 11:23 pm

Beginning Of July queue predictions :3 I would expect it to be quieter than the bank holidays as it isn't a bank holiday but I've heard a lot of school go at this time, any ideas?
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Fri May 17, 2013 3:05 pm

Really random question but could anybody tell me what the train tracks are in the picture below? Are they still in use?

http://rcdb.com/4162.htm?p=22564
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Fri May 17, 2013 4:32 pm

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Really random question but could anybody tell me what the train tracks are in the picture below? Are they still in use?

http://rcdb.com/4162.htm?p=22564

They're from the Thorpe Park Express train that used to run through Ranger County :)
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Fri May 17, 2013 4:47 pm

Krazycoaster wrote:
Gax wrote:
Really random question but could anybody tell me what the train tracks are in the picture below? Are they still in use?

http://rcdb.com/4162.htm?p=22564

They're from the Thorpe Park Express train that used to run through Ranger County :)


Wasn't it called the Canada Creek Railway? What's happening about that? Some say it's coming back, some not.... Think it may of just been a rumour, but would be cool to see it back in action and a great thing for families! (even though I know that 'families' aren't the parks target clientele.)
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Fri May 17, 2013 5:59 pm

SwEDEN wrote:
Krazycoaster wrote:
Gax wrote:
Really random question but could anybody tell me what the train tracks are in the picture below? Are they still in use?

http://rcdb.com/4162.htm?p=22564

They're from the Thorpe Park Express train that used to run through Ranger County :)


Wasn't it called the Canada Creek Railway? What's happening about that? Some say it's coming back, some not.... Think it may of just been a rumour, but would be cool to see it back in action and a great thing for families! (even though I know that 'families' aren't the parks target clientele.)

Yes it was called that. And I think it's gone forever, I seem to remember that they announced it would never be returning.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sat May 18, 2013 10:40 pm

Was on Park today, such an awesome day, all rides open and the max we qued was hour for Collusus

I have a quick query re Stealth, does anyone know if the restraints have been adjusted (to accommodate larger riders)?

Its just I normally struggle to fit on, but today was able to strap myself in today.

If so does this mean Rita has been adjusted?

Thanks
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2013 General Discussion

Sun May 19, 2013 9:51 am

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Was on Park today, such an awesome day, all rides open and the max we qued was hour for Collusus

I have a quick query re Stealth, does anyone know if the restraints have been adjusted (to accommodate larger riders)?

Its just I normally struggle to fit on, but today was able to strap myself in today.

If so does this mean Rita has been adjusted?

Thanks

I don't think all of Stealth's restraints have been adjusted however it may be that a few rows have been designed to accommodate larger riders.

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