Thorpe Park introduces Old Aged Coaster pass for people over 65

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The OAC day pass is discounted 50% from regular walk-up admission. From the press release:

Silver surfers have gone rollercoaster crazy as Thorpe Park Resort becomes the first UK theme park to introduce a new discounted pass for pensioners. Old Aged Coaster (OAC) Day Passes have today gone on sale after the UK’s leading theme park saw an increase of 4% in year on year visitors aged 65 and over during the 2015/16 season.

The over 65s OAC Day Pass comes after 87% of 1,000 pensioners surveyed believe there is no reason why they should not be able to enjoy theme parks, however over one quarter (26%) have felt discriminated against due to their age when taking part in leisure activities.

70% of pensioners revealed they actually feel 55 years old or younger, with 95% describe their general feeling as young at heart. Over half of pensioners (54%) believe that life begins at 65 with no work commitments and more free time, with a third (32%) also agreeing that they go on more adventures now than when they were younger.

With 61% of pensioners taking part in an adrenaline seeking activity in the last 6 months, it’s clear that life really does begin at 65. With daredevil pensioners more common than ever, over 3 in 10 (32%) have admitted they actively pursue activities that give them an adrenaline rush and a further 64% have at least one adrenaline fueled activity on their bucket list.

THORPE PARK Resort’s OAC passes will be available between 25th August and 2 November 2016, the offer is not available online.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:40 AM

50% off for older people for two months. Summarizing it with 10 percentages makes it sound like an 8th grade science paper.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 12:53 PM

^It sure does! But how cool for them to advertise for seniors. This reminds me of my grandparents, who would ride any ride, and help at flipping the Zipper cars! They were built tough and afraid of nothing.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 2:11 PM

Kudos to Thorpe for doing this. Now if only Alton Towers would follow suit. Having turned 65 11 days ago, I can appreciate this. Must point out, however, that in the USA some theme parks offer a significant senior discount at a lower age (whereas some offer no senior discount at all). Hershey is great that way, as they classify anyone 55 and up as senior and the senior rate is $41.95, as opposed to the regular admission price of $64.95. For those 70 and up it costs only $25.95 to get into Hershey so if I'm still alive in 5 years I'll probably be spending a lot of time at that park.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:57 PM

But by that time it will cost 55.95.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:15 PM

Sixty-five ain't old!

Thirty years ago, maybe....

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Friday, August 26, 2016 8:10 AM

I voted that up hoping my 62 yo feet, legs, and hips take note.

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