Just got back from Thorpe Park, and had a generally enjoyable day despite some ride breakdowns. I really think I'll state the obvious and say that Thorpe have some great rides; love, love, love The Swarm, Stealth is fun, Nemesis Inferno is underrated, Rush is exactly what it says on the tin etc. Although I'm an Alton Towers junkie and looking forward to my 14th visit next week this year, it is nice to go down south. We also fitted in a trip to Chessington as well as the London Dungeons, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds so I feel like we got good use of our annual passes!
I noticed a big issue though that I know a lot of people have already bought up; the fact that they seem to run on half capacity. Okay, Monday isn't busy, but we waited 45 minutes for Colossus because they were running on one train. Same for The Swarm, although they were running two on Stealth and Nemesis Inferno. I know that they sort one train first and then take their time when putting the next train on to make sure its convenient, and that they should never compromise on ride safety, but we asked one of the ride attendants on Colossus if they planned to put another train on and she said that she honestly didn't know. It just felt a shame because at full capacity, Colossus and The Swarm have a projected throughput of 1000 and 1250 riders an hour respectively, easily shifting the queue and allowing people to spend the rest of the day doing other rides and you know, not queuing.
That aside, I enjoyed doing some of the rides I didn't get to do back in April. Angry Birds Land is a bit of a cop-out (come on, its a bit of street with a nice paint job and a retheme of two existing attractions) but the dodgems were a lot of fun, and we got soaked on Loggers Leap and Rumba Rapids. Nice warm weather too. Good times.