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Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park
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Amusement park
Location
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Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK
Status Operating
Opened May 24, 1979
Owner Merlin Entertainments
Area 500 acres (202 hectares)
Slogan An Island Like No Other
Website http://thorpepark.com/

Thorpe Park is an amusement park located in Chertsey, Surrey, England. It is operated by Merlin Entertainments, but is actually owned by Nick Leslau.

History[edit]

Thorpe Park is situated on the site of a former quarry on the border between Chertsey and Egham in Surrey, England. In the late 1970s, the company "Ready Mixed Concrete Limited" flooded the site after the quarry's closure , with the intention of opening an educational leisure park. In 1998, the park was purchased by the Tussauds Group, the then-owner of Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures. Tussauds added the majority of Thorpe Park's large rides during the early 2000's, such as Colossus, Nemesis Inferno and Stealth. In 2007, Thorpe Park fell into the ownership of Merlin Entertainments after it purchased the Tussauds Group. Merlin decided to orient the park and its additions directly towards teenagers and young adults. This resulted in rides such as Saw - The Ride and The Swarm. However in 2014, Merlin decided to reposition the park back towards a more well-rounded age demographic with family-oriented additions such as Angry Birds Land, I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and the park's onsite hotel.

Present roller coasters[edit]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Colossus Intamin Sit-Down 2002 Operating
Flying Fish Mack Rides Powered 1983 Operating
Nemesis Inferno Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 2003 Operating
Saw - The Ride Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter 2009 Operating
Stealth Intamin Launched 2006 Operating
Swarm Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster 2012 Operating
X Vekoma Enclosed 1996 Operating