I had an absolutely amazing weekend at Thorpe - most of my recent trips there have been pretty good and this was no exception. Saturday was moderately busy but not as bad as I'd expected and Sunday was very quiet with all rides practically walk-on by mid afternoon.
Arriving at just after 9.30, we found the park already open with rides running. Swarm was naturally our first port of call, I'll be posting a full review in the relevant topic, but for me it's a solid if unspectacular ride and not my favourite coaster at Thorpe by any means. UK top 10 for me, and probably top 25 overall.
Reliability was a slight issue across the two days, with Saturday the worse of the two. I was affected by breakdowns on Swarm, Stealth and Detonator and also spotted downtime on Samurai and Storm Surge. Rush is still in bits (one arm has no restraints). Looks like it'll be closed for a while yet...
Sunday was the better of the two days - the weather was much more pleasant and the place was deserted allowing for a huge ride count - if you've got time to do Depth Charge you know you're doing well.
+ Park opening early both days
+ Moderate queues on Saturday and virtually none on Sunday
+ Rapids not being a complete snooze-fest, the waves seem much more lively for some reason
+ Inferno front row - best place to ride!
+ Colossus team doing a great job on the Saturday - the queue was to the shop but only took around 20 minutes
+ Stealth whoring Sunday night - thanks to the station gate being left open I was able to ride on more than half the trains launched in the final 10 minutes
+ finding out Miro from Europa was on-park (shame I missed him though)
+ Words Totally Fail: the ride
+ meeting Oli "BENCH"
+ MINE! MINE! MINE! in Swarm queue
+ fun times at T5 Sat night
+ I WANT THE WING!
- No Rush (no Saw Alive either, but I couldn't really care less about that TBH)
- Frequent breakdowns
- X having no effects at all (the 'rave' lights are still there but switched off, audio is extremely patchy)
- Not getting front row on Stealth due to loads of people using FR fastrack
- General maintenance: large parts of the park are very down-at-heel, Colossus' station stinks of rot and Inferno's is a shadow of its former self
I'll be back there in a couple of weeks before heading off to EP - I can certainly see myself making a lot of visits this year