Thorpe Park closes gates with capacity crowd

Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 8:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Thorpe Park had attracted 15,000 visitors by mid-afternoon Sunday. Many of those among the record crowds were left disappointed after the theme park, in Chertsey, Surrey, reached its capacity. Thorpe Park's new attraction - Stealth - is thought to have played a large part in attracting such a large Easter Sunday crowd.

Read more from The Guardian.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 1:25 PM
15000? That sounds a little low for a park like Thorpe Park! La Ronde (which sounds its the same size as Thorpe) gets to 20000 a day and stays manageable...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 5:01 PM
Wow that's a really low capacity. I've seen even smaller parks with 30,000 and it wasn't horrible.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:15 PM
"The drop - the fourth steepest in the world - is vertical."

Hmmm...interesting.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:36 PM
There's probably a few rides with drops past vertical. One is Typhoon at Bobbejaanland (97 degrees).
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:15 PM
^ Ha thats funny.

Wow, I guess I must be thinking wrong. I Thought 15,000 was a lot. Well I was wrong. How much can SFGAm have at max?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:44 PM
Easily over 40,000

*** This post was edited by Cameraman 4/18/2006 10:44:45 PM ***

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 11:47 PM
The article doesn't mention anything about the park having a model or celebrity search going on that weekend. I'm sure that pulls some crowds in as well.

I know CP hits capacity around 40,000 - 45,000.

*** This post was edited by gomez 4/18/2006 11:49:37 PM ***

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 12:05 AM
I'm pretty sure CP has had over 50,000 on a handful of occasions (that one halloweekend in 2003 jumps to mind) and crowds of 40,000 plus happen a few times every season. I never remember them closing their gates because they reached capacity.

When running well, the park's coasters alone can give some ridiculous number of rides in an hour (15-20,000 would be a good bet), not to mention all the flats and shows that can soak up a good number of people as well. Add to that the fact that the midways are very wide in most places and the park can really get to a fairly ridiculous number of people before it gets downright miserable.

Running out of parking and line for the bathroom are commonplace with numbers that high though. :)

I'd still prefer to visit the park when there are less than 20,000 though! :)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 1:13 AM
I'm pretty sure CP runs out of parking spaces before the park even nears capacity. 50,000+ is certainly do-able. I've heard numbers as high as 60,000, although I don't know how reliable that is.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 8:59 AM
I worked at CP from 1986-1990, and I know that the park hit 60,000 in 1986 on Memorial Day Weekend. We came pretty close to that in 1989 as well, and it was a zoo. Basically, nowhere to move, hour waits for everything, and not much fun at all. And as a worker, it was next to impossible to get off the point after work due to the traffic.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 5:05 PM
I was just going by what has been said on Pointbuzz. 1994 was the busiest season for them, so I'm sure one of those days saw record numbers.
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Saturday, April 22, 2006 7:41 PM
Orlando Coaster said, hit 60,000 in 1986 on Memorial Day Weekend. We came pretty close to that in 1989 as well, and it was a zoo.

Yeah, but think of all the attractions they have added since then. That could easily help with the crowds.

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