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Days out from London: Thorpe Park Resort
Thorpe Park Resort, also known as Thorpe Park, is a theme park located near the town of Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey. The Thorpe Park Estate was demolished the 1930s and the site was neglected until the 1970s. Thorpe Park Resort was officially opened to the public in 1979 and since then has grown into one of the major theme parks in the UK.
In the 21st century, the resort attracts around 1.5 million each year and targets teenagers and young adults with a series of attractions like the large water ride Tidal Wave, rollercoasters including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm, The Walking Dead: The Ride and Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.
Thorpe Park is zoned into eight zones or territories called Port and Basecamp, Amity, The Jungle, Angry Birds Land, Old Town, Lost City, Swarm Island and The Dock Yard.
Port and Basecamp
The ‘Port’ or ‘Basecamp’ area is the entrance area where visitors enter the park. Inside the entrance is the Dome which houses an arcade area, food and beverage outlets, toilets, lockers and Gift Shop.
Amity is set up as a 1950s-era American fishing village hit by a tidal wave and opened with Tidal Wave in 2000. The area was expanded in 2006 with Stealth, set at ‘Amity Speedway’ racetrack. Other attractions include Depth Charge, Wet Wet Wet, Amity Beach outdoor water park, Flying Fish, Storm In A Teacup and raft water ride Storm Surge.
The area’s main attractions are Nemesis Inferno, Rumba Rapids, Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and Detonator:Bombs Away.
Angry Birds Land
Angry Birds Land attractions include Dodgems.
The Dock Yard
This area is known for Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon and also contains The Walking Dead: The Ride.
The Lost City attractions include Colossus roller coaster, Vortex, Zodiac, Quantum and Rush.
The main rides in this area is Saw – The Ride, Samurai, Timber Tug Boat, Lumber Jump and Rocky Express.
Swarm Island is the location for The Swarm rollercoaster which is themed as the scene of an apocalyptic disaster with crashed plane and destroyed church.
The park has a number of events throughout the year including a special Halloween event which often has a horror movie theme.
Thorpe Park is popular with teenagers and young adults, it is less geared to families with young children although there are a few rides for this age group. If you have younger children, the nearby Legoland Windsor offers much more variety and rides for their enjoyment.
A shuttle bus service runs from Staines Bus and Railway station to Thorpe Park but can get very busy with long queues at peak times.
For more information or book tickets, visit the Thorpe Park website here
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