Wednesday, April 20, 2005 7:49 AM
I visited Thorpe Park on April 15th, i just couldn't wait any longer to try out Slammer!
My full trip report is at http://www.themeparks-uk.com/thorpe_park_park_review.html and includes lots of photos and on ride pictures to!
It was a really excellent day out, took some pics of Rush and Slammer construction to, there on the review page and also in the 'Whats New' section.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 5:54 PM
Thanks for the TR, looks like a great park...:)
Slammer...hehe, LOVE that S&S Swat (the one in the states at SFAW)....there should be MORE of those around...
Looks like major expansions going on at the park, the UK is just *loaded* with good parks...
*** Edited 4/22/2005 2:06:00 PM UTC by rollergator***
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 9:31 PM
Wow, I'm interested in that new coaster. A standard hyper with a launch maybe? If so it's about time. Is there anymore info on it yet? *** Edited 4/21/2005 1:35:23 AM UTC by bowtobusch***
Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:23 AM
The new coaster is an Intamin Rocket Coaster
Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:42 AM
Great report, and great pics. Thorpe Park looks like a great place, even better than Alton it seems. With a new coaster in 2006, sounds like it's not slowing down either. Thanks for sharing your visit.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 5:30 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback!
About Project Stealth, theres quite a bit of info on another page of my site - http://www.themeparks-uk.com/thorpe_park_future.html
Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:57 AM
Project Stealth is basically a 200ft Kingda Ka including the bunny hill with 60's hot rod themeing to fit in with Tidal Wave.
The launch is 0-80mph in 4 seconds.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:24 AM
^Doesn't it have racing theming, rather than Tidal Wave's theming?
Honestly, that sounds like the most underwhelming rocket coaster yet. Its one thing to have one trick and do it really well (Dragster, Kingda Ka), but its quite another to have one trick and do nothing with it.
I seriously hope its launch is better than 0-80 in 4 seconds. I think it will probably be closer to Xcelerator's 0-80 in 2 seconds.
And the bunny hill? Its a nice idea, but for a ride of that size, I think I'd rather just have Xcelerator's two overbanks. At least that gives it a bit of length.
In any case, I'll be going to Thorpe for the first time in a few weeks, and I'm pretty excited about it!
Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:34 AM
CFM - one of the problems TP have is space - they're already 'relocating' the lake surrounding one side of the park in order to expand themselves, so they normally get our dear friend Mr J. Wardley to conjure up something interesting - colossus and nemesis inferno are two of the best coasters in a compact amount of space - especially colossus which spends more time above the midway than it does in it's own area...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:52 AM
I agree about John Wardley, he's done some awesome stuff at AT and Thorpe Park.
I guess thats why a launch- tophat- bunnyhill rocket coaster is kind of dissapointment. We've seen John Wardley do a lot better.
Friday, April 22, 2005 4:31 PM
although the new 2006 coaster will be a baby version of Kinda Ka, I am confident Thorpe will do a good job themeing the whole area like they did with Colossus and NI, and I believe the public will absolutly love it. You see to the general public, Most people in the UK would not have seen something this big in terms of a launched coaster so clearly people will be excited.
Also Thorpe couldnt install a bigger ride because of limited space, and its believed this ride will only just fit itself, the supports are rumoured to be right up against the Rapids Tunnel, and part of the brake run will go under Tidal Wave and part of the lake will be filled in too.
Friday, April 22, 2005 4:39 PM
Cheap site advertisement, anyone?
Friday, April 22, 2005 6:36 PM
"Cheap site advertisement, anyone?"
Well no, what's your problem exactly....
I go to the trouble of writing a long report and want to present it in a nice format with lots of pics which most people find interesting and even entertaining to read.
Makes sense to host it on my site really!