Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is a theme park in Chertsey, Surrey, England. Thorpe Park has frequent buses from Staines. It was built in 1979 on the site of a gravel pit which was partially flooded, creating a water-based theme for the park. The park's first large roller coaster, Colossus, was added in 2002. In 2007, Tussauds was bought out by Merlin Entertainments, who now operate the park on a lease from Nick Leslau.

Some of the major attractions at Thorpe Park include:
Nemesis Inferno, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster featuring interlocking corkscrews and a pre-lift section themed around a volcano.
Colossus, an Intamin multi-looping rollercoaster with a record breaking 10 inversions.
SAW: The Ride, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter themed around the Saw franchise.
Stealth, a launched roller coaster which accelerates to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) in approximately 1.9 seconds.
X:\ No Way Out, an enclosed rollercoaster that travels backwards through the dark.
Loggers Leap, the tallest log flume in the UK from 1989–1993 and from 2005–present.
Tidal Wave, a 'Shoot the chutes' water ride.
Storm Surge, Opened in 2011 the ride is said to have been built by some 'Hillbillies' .
The Swarm, a Wing Coaster opening in March 2012. It will be the tallest in Europe and themed around urban devastation. The ride will be the parks most heavily themed ride.

In 2009, the park had 1.87 million visitors, making it the second most visited theme park in the United Kingdom, after Alton Towers with 2.7 Million Visitors. It was the 11th most visited in Europe.


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