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Thorpe Park First Timer

Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:17 pm

I cannot believe that I have lived in London for nearly four years yet I've never been to Thorpe Park. Anyway, I have Monday booked off and am rearing to go.

I was hoping for some advice on how best to take my day.

How long do I need to leave to travel? On googlemaps I'm onyl 25 mins away (I live in West Drayton) yet I was wondering how the M25 southbound is at abut 9am?

What 'route' should I take around the park? Is it likely that I'll be able to get a ride on everything, or will I have to pick and choose with my time?

Will Stealth be open? (I'll be upset if it isn't)

Also is Saw:Alive free?

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Re: Thorpe Park First Timer

Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:24 pm

SAW: Alive is free yes, and at the start of the day has almost non-existant queues. :)

You never know with Stealth, but it's hasn't had too much downtime this season, relatively. I'd go to it early though, just in case!
 
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Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:38 pm

West Drayton is just around the corner from me. :D
If the M25 is clear you'll be there within half an hour.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park First Timer

Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:06 pm

What 'route' should I take around the park? Is it likely that I'll be able to get a ride on everything, or will I have to pick and choose with my time?


I tend to start with either Stealth (hoping it'll be open when you go :)), Nemesis Inferno or Vortex and work my way round in a kind of circle. Then I finish with Inferno towards the end of the day to get some extra rides on it as it's my favourite coaster at Thorpe.

Hope you have a good time!
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Re: Thorpe Park First Timer

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:25 pm

How long do I need to leave to travel? On googlemaps I'm onyl 25 mins away (I live in West Drayton) yet I was wondering how the M25 southbound is at abut 9am?


It's probably likely to be quite busy being a Monday morning and because Junctions 16 to 13 is generally a busy stretch of road. (You have to deal with M4, M40 and Heathrow traffic along that stretch.) I'd give it 30-40 minutes just in case.

What 'route' should I take around the park? Is it likely that I'll be able to get a ride on everything, or will I have to pick and choose with my time?


Get the four big coasters out the way first, especially Colossus and Saw as they tend to be busier and Colossus has a terrible throughput. Inferno tends to be the quieter coaster and don't be fooled by the queue length, it's only about 20 minutes from the end of the first cattlepen. Also

As it's a working day queues shouldn't be too bad but if you're desperate to get on all the rides fastrack is available. (Or, seeing as you live relatively close you could buy a bounceback which is a ticket for another day for about £15 I think and come back another day.)

Also, don't miss Rush, it's a little gem.

Will Stealth be open? (I'll be upset if it isn't)


Should be but it can be quite unpredictable.

Also is Saw:Alive free?


Yes.

Also, 6pm is when the QUEUES close not the ride, so get in a queue before 6 and you'll still get on the ride!

Hope that's helped and you enjoy your day! :D
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Re: Thorpe Park First Timer

Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:17 pm

Definitely suggest going to SAW: The Ride first. Then either stealth to get on it before the queues or colossus 'coz it's close :) That's what I do anyway, the queue for SAW gets massive..
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Re: Thorpe Park First Timer

Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:14 pm

Thanks for all of your advice!

Here's how it went:

Left the house at about ten to 9 (park opens at 10) and the roads were completely clear, including M40 and M25. No queuing anywhere! Was so ahead of schedule I popped into the Sainsburys to get some supplies.

Arrived and queued 10 mins for tickets, and another 10 mins until we could go in, so in general loads of time.

Went straight to Saw which had a ten minute wait, then Colossus with a 10 min wait. Then worked around the rest of the park. Stealth was operational all day and went on it twice- second time in terrential rain which was bloody painful but all the better for it.

Longest queue for me was Nemesis Inferno (25 mins) and Saw Alive (30 mins).

Ended up leaving at about 5 as the rain simply wouldn't wear off but I'd got 2 rides in on all the coasters and got on everything I wanted.

I got food poisoning a month ago and I don't think my stomach has fully recovered, meaning flat rides weren't very enjoyable at all. Quantum seriously nearly made me puke, and even X: No way out was too much for my recovering stomach. I needed to stick to the big coasters which were fine, but I ended up leaving out Rush and Slammer. Maybe next time- I really didn't want to throw up on someone!

Overall a very enjoyable day. In most ways inferior to Towers in my opinion but it's nice that is so close to me and I got £13 bounce back tickets!
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