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...
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.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:15 PM
"The drop - the fourth steepest in the world - is vertical."


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

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

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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.

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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! :)

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.
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.
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.
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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