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Okay I don't know why it has taken me so long but I feel I must tell everyone about what the park have done to X:\\WTF. Honestly I was so shocked with how much the ride experience has changed. For anyone who went on it before the change knows just how messed up the ride was. The ride is still messed up but it's now messed up in a new way. The new trains are obviously the biggest difference as they now go forwards and have individual lap bars. The trains and very comfortable and the ride is reliably smooth and as the ride no long has pointless stops through out there are some very small forces now delivered by the ride. Inside the pyramid it is now basically a giant rave with lights, lasers, loud music and haze machines and its awesome. The ride is really different now and you can't really compare it to the backwards version due to this. For me personally I love it and it has definitely added a good few more years to the ride before it gets removed.

 

I can't actually give a review on Swarm backwards as I haven't actually done it but from what I have heard from friends it isn't anything special. It has screwed up the queuing in the station though.

 

-Craig

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My mum was treating my niece to day at Thorpe park last Thursday, so I joined them.

 

Park was fairly busy with Colossus and Saw both having queues longer than an hour.

 

Swarm: My first time on a B&M WingRider and I enjoyed the experience. No positive or negative G's to talk of. Some nice hang time and some nice key holing. Nothing special but a pleasant ride. Strangely all day the forward queue was longer (60 minutes) than the backwards queue (40 minutes).

 

Tidal wave: Short 5 minute queue, big drop, big splash and get wet. It was fun.

 

Stealth: Still packs a punch for a small ride.

 

Nemesis: Inferno, Good but not as good as its name sake.

 

Detonator: Short queue.

 

X: Short queue. I preferred going forward than backward. They have converted a thrill ride to a family ride with a rave inside a building. Some of the mid course brakes were a bit sharp but still a pleasant ride. My niece and sister were not impressed and said the ride had been spoiled.

 

Colosus: 70 minute queue. It has gotten rough but I enjoyed the ride.

 

Saw: 70 minute queue that changed into a 90 minute queue due to break down. No announcements or anything during the break down. Ride has gotten rough but I still enjoyed it.

 

Swarm: Backwards I was nervous about the experience after riding other rides backwards and feeling queasy but due to the smoothness and lack of forces on the ride I found the experience interesting.

 

Swarm One last ride forward which I prefer to backwards as you can enjoy the expectation and the key holing. Very short queue at the end of the day and it was nice to ride a smooth ride after Colossus and Saw.

 

A couple of observations:

 

Thorpe Park seem to have a habit of stopping the main queue while the fast pass people come in. This means you end up standing still for 10 minutes and then rush forwards, repeat. This makes the wait seem longer. I prefer queues that constantly shuffle forward. I am not complaining as I could of bought fast pass tickets.

 

At lunch KFC had a huge queue (I can now understand why) so we went to the fish and chip shop instead. Even though there were only three people in the queue ahead of us it still took 20 minutes to get served. They then discovered they did not have enough scampi for two portions. They said it would be 5 minutes. 5 minutes later they thought the scampi was ready and discovered that they had actually cooked chicken goujons instead and gave us small portions of dried out scampi which had been on the side the whole time....

 

Disappointingly, some of the theming was missing:

- No mist in the Nemesis:Inferno tunnel,

- No sound at all in the SAW external queue,

- No shows on Saw. The car went straight past Jigsaw and only a slight pause before going onto the vertical lift.

 

I still had a great day at the park.

 

- James

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Disappointingly, some of the theming was missing:

- No mist in the Nemesis:Inferno tunnel,

- No sound at all in the SAW external queue,

- No shows on Saw. The car went straight past Jigsaw and only a slight pause before going onto the vertical lift.

 

I still had a great day at the park.

 

- James

 

That's a shame about the mist on Inferno it was working the best it has in years at the start of the year, even the mist in the queue line was working.

 

Glad you had a good time at Thorpe and enjoyed the new X like I did.

 

-Craig

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For me Backwards swarm isn't that special the best bit was the lift hill and the initial roll that felt very strange the rest of the ride felt exactly the same got to agree on the new X/no way out its now much better after all who doesn't like a rave on a coaster

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- No shows on Saw. The car went straight past Jigsaw and only a slight pause before going onto the vertical lift.

Just to pick up on this point, they dispatch two trains at a time on Saw, and only the back train sees the Jigsaw scene as it waits for the train in front to clear the block - chances are, you've always been lucky and been in the second train

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I was at Thorpe on Saturday, it was fairly busy but a decent day none the less.

 

There was a couple of things that could've been better though. Firstly none of the effects on The Swarm were working (Fire engine fire & water and the wing dip splash), which is disappointing for a coaster that is only just over a year old. The servers in KFC are awful, fair enough it was busy but they were ridiculously abrupt and rude to everybody, it really surprised me as there has been a definite push for staff to be much more friendly to customers in the past few years, I guess it must be down to them being KFC staff and not Merlin employees.

 

On a plus note I witnessed my first case of queue-jumping actually being dealt with at a park. Our last ride of the day was Nemesis Inferno, and we had the regular case of a couple of women push past people in the queue to join there friends. Once in the station, the staff made an announcement that they were aware of some queue-jumpers and that they should exit the queue as they would not be riding. As we were waiting in the bay to get on the train it turned out that these women were also waiting to get on the train a few rows back, and the staff held up dispatching the train until they left through the exit. It was really good to see this for once, and what made it funnier was the fact that it was only a ten minute queue anyway, so they queue-jumped for nothing and by the time they left the station it was past closing time so they couldn't re-join the queue properly. So big thumbs up to the Thorpe staff for that.

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The servers in KFC are awful, fair enough it was busy but they were ridiculously abrupt and rude to everybody, it really surprised me as there has been a definite push for staff to be much more friendly to customers in the past few years, I guess it must be down to them being KFC staff and not Merlin employees.

 

Log on to the parks Facebook and tell them your story.

That's the most effective way to get a response, and make the park aware of it.

 

I'm sure that they already knows about the problem, but the more people that tell them, the better!

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Going to Thorpe Park one weekday on the week of the 15th July, so there will probably be a lot of school trips as it's the last school week. Wondering if it's worth getting the £20 Full Thottle fastrack? Or if anyone can offer any general advice, I'd appreciate it. The Ultimate Fastrack for £70 is a ridiculous price!

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^I would wait and see just how busy it is when you get there. If you are desperate to do all the coasters then definitely get the YOLO Fastrack as you suggested. A good piece of advice I have is don't eat lunch at the normal time of around 1pm as everywhere will be packed, either eat before then or some time after 2pm.

 

-Craig

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Hi.

 

So, I just quickly signed up to ask a few questions. I'd usually just go on Yahoo Answers but I'm guessing you all know a lot more about roller coasters and Thorpe Park than the people on that probably do.

 

I've gone to Thorpe Park a few times since I was younger, but only recently have I actually started to go on the rides.. (sounds strange I know, but I find watching them fascinating). I went with a friend, and she is up to go on anything. We went June last year, and are planning to go next month on the 19th, which is a monday, first question, do you think it'll be packed? Obviously it's gonna be busy but I mean like properly packed.

 

When we went last year, I decided we should try Detonator first as it looked pretty tame, all it does it go up and down.. I was obviously wrong about that, and have vowed never to go on it again. During the rest of the day, we went on Vortex, Zodiac, Quantum, Logger's Leap, X:\No Way Out, Saw - The Ride, and Colossus. Colossus was the first ever ride that I went on that goes upside down, so I pretty much threw myself in, the deep end there.

 

I was a nervous wreck queuing for Saw, but I absolutely loved it when I was on it. Colossus, I was also a wreck queuing up for, but I was terrified on it, as well, and I've come to the conclusion that it's because I felt a lot more restrained and safer on Saw, than I did on Colossus. So another question is what are the restraints like on Nemesis Inferno, Stealth and The Swarm? I need to hold on to something or I'll freak. In fact one of the rides that I found the scariest was Logger's Leap, down to the no restraint thing.

 

Also, what is the difference between a rollercoaster with a car (I don't know if that's the right name for them) like Colossus and Saw, as opposed to one like Nemesis Inferno and The Swarm. Do they feel a lot different?

 

The last thing that is bothering me is the beginning bit of The Swarm, where it goes up... (I do know what the thing is called but I can't remember the word) how long does it take to get to the top, because I have a fear of heights, and if it goes really slow, I may die... (not literally obviously lol)

 

Sorry for all of the questions, and you may be wondering why I even bother going to theme parks when I obviously appear to be a bit of a control freak but when I'm there I love them....

 

Thank you

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Hi.

 

So, I just quickly signed up to ask a few questions. I'd usually just go on Yahoo Answers but I'm guessing you all know a lot more about roller coasters and Thorpe Park than the people on that probably do.

 

Welcome!

 

I've gone to Thorpe Park a few times since I was younger, but only recently have I actually started to go on the rides.. (sounds strange I know, but I find watching them fascinating). I went with a friend, and she is up to go on anything. We went June last year, and are planning to go next month on the 19th, which is a monday, first question, do you think it'll be packed? Obviously it's gonna be busy but I mean like properly packed.

 

The 19th seems to be a Monday (unless my in head calendar is wrong!) so I wouldn't expect it to be packed but i've been totally wrong in the past estimating how busy a park will be!

 

When we went last year, I decided we should try Detonator first as it looked pretty tame, all it does it go up and down.. I was obviously wrong about that, and have vowed never to go on it again. During the rest of the day, we went on Vortex, Zodiac, Quantum, Logger's Leap, X:\No Way Out, Saw - The Ride, and Colossus. Colossus was the first ever ride that I went on that goes upside down, so I pretty much threw myself in, the deep end there.

 

To be perfectly honest, drop towers are one of a very few types of rides that always make me nervous before riding. I always do ride them but I always get that strange type of nerves before and as you get pulled up the tower. It's all part of the experience so congrats for braving through it.

 

Going upside-down on rides is normally one thing where people who have never been on an inverting ride (upside downy parts) before get scared or worried about and normally it's the last thing they think about when on the actual ride so I really wouldn't worry about going upside down, no matter how many times it does so. Collossus inverts the second to most times of any coaster in the world right now so well done for riding it!

 

I was a nervous wreck queuing for Saw, but I absolutely loved it when I was on it. Colossus, I was also a wreck queuing up for, but I was terrified on it, as well, and I've come to the conclusion that it's because I felt a lot more restrained and safer on Saw, than I did on Colossus. So another question is what are the restraints like on Nemesis Inferno, Stealth and The Swarm? I need to hold on to something or I'll freak. In fact one of the rides that I found the scariest was Logger's Leap, down to the no restraint thing.

 

Restraints can be a big debating topic in this community and other amusement park groups. As Stan Checketts from S&S (roller coaster company) once said on a TV programme, "You can build a ride with a restraint that covers you all up and holds you nice and comfy so you don't move, but the experience of the ride is lost", so companies are always battling to create smaller and smaller restraint styles that balance holding you safe and secure in a comfortable manner that doesn't make you forget you are on a ride and forget the experience the ride is meant to provide.

 

All these rides are designed to have safety mechanisms in place to do with the restraints and most restraints have a hand/grab rail that you can hold onto. Inferno has metal bars on each side, Stealth, hold ontot he restraint itself and Swarm have bars either side. You'll be fine.

 

Also, what is the difference between a rollercoaster with a car (I don't know if that's the right name for them) like Colossus and Saw, as opposed to one like Nemesis Inferno and The Swarm. Do they feel a lot different?

 

Not sure what you are trying to ask here. Sorry!

 

The last thing that is bothering me is the beginning bit of The Swarm, where it goes up... (I do know what the thing is called but I can't remember the word) how long does it take to get to the top, because I have a fear of heights, and if it goes really slow, I may die... (not literally obviously lol)

 

Just look around and enjoy the view as you climb the lift. The first slow inversion on Swarm is a pretty cool sensation so enjoy it! and before you know it you'll hit the brakes and will be wanting to ride again!

 

Have a great day and to others on this forum, please feel free to correct me if I have given out bad info.

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^Thank you

 

With the bit that you didn't understand I meant what does the difference feel like when your legs are in the car like with Saw, Colossus and Stealth as opposed to ones like Nemesis Inferno and The Swarm where they aren't.

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Did anyone hear about their Reserve n Ride system?

 

thorpeparkmania.co.uk/news/19-08-2013/Reserve-And-Ride-Trials

 

Basically it means that you can either use a smart phone or collect a paper ticket, and you don't have to queue for as long. You get a time given to you, and you go to the ride when it is time. It's still trialing at the moment, but it should come into effect soon. Sounds good in my opinion.

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And how is that any different from going to a theme park and just waiting in line? Whether you wait in a real line of a virtual one, if the ride breaks down, it breaks down. And you go wait in another line (virtual or regular)...

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Hey everybody,

 

I will be visiting Thorpe Park on the 27th of September, and I was wondering if anyone had some information I should know about the park: i.e. ride closures/maintenance, best way to get around the park and hit up all the rides and whether or not I should expect to queue for hours on end. The website doesn't have anything in regards to ride closures and maintenance, so I was wondering if there was anybody who knew and could help me out...

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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As its a Fri and its term time again you should have no problem getting round all the rides,as for ride closures they are a bit hit and miss nothing was down last Monday, The biggest queue is normally on colossus so its probably best to do that quite early,its quite a compact park so getting around it isn't much of a problem.hope that helps a bit

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^ Additionally, the Swarm is a walk on around 3pm. Everyone goes to it in the morning and forgets about it later in the day because you have to go back round the front of the park to get to it. The pizza hut buffet is the best place to eat! But not during lunch hours.

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I will be going to this park in middle october (monday). I've heard its a really busy park even in october so I wonder if its worth getting a fasttrack pass? How long queques can be expected during the peak hours on the main coasters?

 

 

If you have any other info you'd like to share for a first time visitor - please do aswell!

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