HUGE Thorpe Park Plans

Friday, August 22, 2003 8:15 PM
A new outline planning application for Thorpe Park:

"Outline planning application for installation of rides (not to exceed 65m) and buildings (floorspace upto 8000sqm) in period 2004-2008, partial infilling of lakes and creation of compensation areas, landscaping infrastructure improvements, relocation of part of overflow car park and works to main access from A320"

The plans reveal major new coasters in 2006 and 2008, saying that the 2006 ride will be an Intamin Rocket Coaster (Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm is used as an example of this ride). The 2006 ride will be the park's flagship attraction and will be 65m (215ft) tall. The report mentions that a wooden coaster was also considered for the 65m tall flagship ride, but Thorpe Park favours the Hydraulic Coaster due to the density of the wooden coaster's structure creating an eyesore for locals. The 2008 ride features examples of wooden coasters and mega coasters, as it appears the designers have not chosen exactly what type of ride they want yet, although you can expect it to be either a wooden coaster or a mega coaster as per the examples given in the report.

Confirmed Future Plans:

- A new 4D cinema experience
- A new lake show
- High Capacity Thrill Ride for Lost City (Mondial Top Scan, confirmed to be called Samurai)

- A second Detonator tower to the south of the existing ride
- Two new high capacity thrill rides in Canada Creek
- Widening of Entry Bridge

- A new rollercoaster, that will be an icon for Thorpe Park. Now confirmed to be an Intamin Rocket Coaster.

- A new flat ride

- New high capacity thrill ride
- New flat ride

- A new rollercoaster of similar scale to Nemesis Inferno in Canada Creek.

Unconfirmed Plans:

2009 or 2010
- Water Park

- New kids area and mine train coaster

- Bobsleigh Coaster

- No Way Out replaced with new indoor coaster

Thorpe Park have submitted a 131 page document detailing all of their development plans for the next 5 years. See it here:

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Friday, August 22, 2003 8:40 PM
My God. I will have to get out there within the next 10 years. My grandparents live about 1/2 hour away from it. Whoa!

You know, I really wish all amusement parks would announce there plans for the next 10-15 years now...jeez! Thorpe Park has got it all figured out.

Friday, August 22, 2003 8:59 PM
well i think most parks pretty much do this...just none really release them lol. its sorta odd that they would, that sounds awesome though, maybe in 10 years ill be successful enough to travel to europe to go there......if not, well...ill live with ohio ;)

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Saturday, August 23, 2003 12:07 AM
I posted this yesterday, but forgot the link and before I could correct it, Jeff had closed the topic. I've submitted it as a news item, but he hasn't published it yet.

Anyway, Thorpe Park have to announce their intentions of future development to the council. This is not Thorpe applying for permission for these rides, just stating what they plan to do with the place.

Also, anything after 2008 is only a rough guide of the type of attractions they wish to install. To be honest, I'd be expecting a ride of similar scale to a Bobsleigh rather than a Bobsleigh itself.

Same goes for even the immediate future. I really hope they get the rocket coaster, because although their planning restrictions aren't quite as bad as Alton, they may still have a battle on their hands.

Fingers crossed.

Saturday, August 23, 2003 2:59 AM
Looks like 2006 could be the next year of the coaster in the UK if the majority of the rumours/plans I have heard actually get the go ahead. Here's hoping for:

Thorpe Park: 200ft Intamin Rocket coaster

Alton Towers: Next secret weapon - anticipated as a smaller version of the out 'n' back woodie they recently had planning permission turned down for. Could very well be a plug 'n' play model from Intamin

Drayton Manor: Strongly rumoured to be a junior Intamin hyper coaster

Blackpool Pleasure Beach: No confirmation but suspicions are that they are looking at an S&S power launched coaster.

Knowing the English's luck we will get none of these but who knows - just have to wait and see......and what a wait thats gonna be.

Saturday, August 23, 2003 6:27 AM
Out of curiousity, what do you think the mentions of drainage and reprofiling, so to speak, for the lake mean? A miniature Islands of Adventure set up?

On a side note, you don't suppose one could head over to a place like or and find similar information, do you? Heheh. Wishful thinking, I suppose.

Edit- Neither of those links work. This does:

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Saturday, August 23, 2003 10:30 AM
Well, Thorpe Park is almost an island as it is with only the far back of the park and Thorpe Farm directly connected to the 'mainland'.

Thorpe don't have any immediate plans to build on the infills/islands, but it adds more land for future development.

Sunday, August 24, 2003 8:18 AM
I live bout half an hour away and go bout twice a year at least lucky me.

im taking a bet tussards want to dum alton towers down because of of the number of turned down rides forms and plainly Just Not letting alton towers build anything new only a small spinnning wild mouse.

So where to turn now chessington? nope they have a worse height limet the alton towers Thorpe park? oh yes! a fair size height limet and room to expand.

So in my opinion Tussards want Thorpe park to be uk number 1 theme park while still having the other and not as much pressure to keep alton towers number 1 when the cant do it.
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Monday, August 25, 2003 4:34 AM
Just an FYI, I'm not going to post this is news since really the entire proposal is a bit large and, well, they can obviously change their mind.

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Monday, August 25, 2003 6:17 AM
That's cool, Jeff. Most of it has been discussed here anyway and summerised by RollerJunkie.

I'm not excited by the specifics of it, although what they plan is really interesting - I'm more excited by the fact that Tussauds have long term ideas for the place and will be investing heavily whatever they decide to put in.

The only certain things are a new show for Pirates 4D (Haunted Lighthouse) and a banner has recently appeared confirming that Samurai will be moving over from Chessington (Mondial Top Scan). It will go back to Mondial first for a spruce up and re-theme.

I was at Thorpe the other day and was trying to picture a ride twice as tall as Colossus. It was hard to imagine.

Monday, August 25, 2003 9:40 AM
its strange that there having a second Detonator tower unless they chance it a bit eg launch up insead of down maybe of different seating. Beacause when a park builds 2 towers they build at the same time or does thorpe park just want to cut Detonator queue time down? What do u think
Monday, August 25, 2003 10:01 AM
Don't get too excited about launches - Thorpe just want to increase the capacity of this ride in light of their ambitious visitor number projections.

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