Thorpe Park offers treatment plan for those scared of roller coasters

Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012 9:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Thorpe Park has teamed-up with Virgin Atlantic to design a treatment plan to help people overcome such extreme reactions to The Swarm. The half-day course is based on Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear programme and aims to tackle people’s phobia of rollercoasters, known as ‘veloxrotaphobia’.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:24 PM

Is it still April 1st?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:43 PM

Thorpe is like one of those annoying friends on facebook you'd like to unfriend, but their posts are just good enough to enjoy a little.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4:51 PM

Actually, this is the most reasonable headline to come out of Thorpe Park in a very long time. After all, we've seen "fear of coasters" therapy program[mes] before, most notably at Islands of Adventure.

I also think it's interesting to note this tidbit from the article, talking about the previous news items:


...The missing limbs were suspected to be the latest sophisticated stunt by a PR team which has devised a string of headline-grabbing 'events'.

These include a contest where the public was asked to donate urine to create a 'signature stench' for its horror maze SAW Alive and a ban on rollercoaster riders putting their hands in the air due to body odour.

Really? You think?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:32 PM

You mean they didn't really loose those limbs ?? HaHaHa

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:17 PM

CoasterDaddy said:
Is it still April 1st?

Friday the 13th would be more in sync with what they do.

I was tired of this campaign before it even began, but seeing as how I'm currently acknowledging it's existence, and discussions spawn about how full of suck it is every time they beat the dead horse, I'd say they've accomplished what they set out to do.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:16 PM

Mount Union has a program to. ;)

I can't tell, though...is this article a joke? Some of us take this seriously, you know. :)

Last edited by OhioStater, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:24 PM
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:44 PM

It kind of demonstrates the problem with their over-the-top outrageous marketing campaign, doesn't it? I'm inclined to believe, at least partially because there is precedent for it, that this is a legitimate program (and if the Swarm is anything at all like Wild Eagle, it will actually be an excellent coaster for such a program: very intimidating to look at, but once you're on-board it turns out to be a very approachable ride). But can we believe the legitimacy of anything that comes out of Thorpe Park?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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