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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Colossus Intamin 10 Inversion Roller Coaster 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 Hyper Accelerator Coaster 2006 Operating
Swarm Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster 2012 Operating
Walking Dead: The Ride Vekoma Enclosed 1996 Operating

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Depth Charge Aquatic Dinghy Waterslides 1991
Derren Brown's Ghost Train Severn Lamb / Simworx Dark Ride July 2016
Detonator: Bombs Away Fabbri Drop Tower April 2001
King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems Bertazzon Dodgems 2014
Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride Metallbau Emmeln Pirate Ship 1994
Quantum Fabbri Flying Carpet 2003
Rocky Express Mack Rides Sea Storm 1989
Rumba Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1987
Rush S&S Worldwide Screamin' Swing May 2005
Samurai Mondial Top Scan 2004
SAW Alive Paragon Creative Walk-Through 2010
Storm In A Teacup Mack Rides Teacups 1986
Storm Surge WhiteWater West Spinning Rapids Ride March 2011
Tidal Wave Hopkins Rides Shoot The Chute April 2000
Timber Tug Boat Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2017
Vortex KMG Afterburner 2001
Zodiac HUSS Enterprise 2006

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Calgary Stampede Fairmatt Troika 1993 2003 Travelling UK
Canada Creek Railway Severn Lamb Dodgems 1989 2011 Scrapped
Carousel Kingdom Peter Petz Gallopers 1990 1999 Relocated to Alton Towers
Chief Ranger's Carousel Euro Sujets Gallopers 1994 2014 Scrapped
Dare Devil Drivers Unknown Dodgems 1998 2000 Unknown
Hi-Slide Modern Products Astroglide 1980s 1990s Unknown
Eclipse Fabbri Ferris Wheel 2003 2004 Relocated to Chessington World of Adventures
Loggers Leap Mack Rides Log Flume 1989 2015 Scrapped
Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari Ihle Juvenile Track Ride 1990 2009 Scrapped
Mr. Rabbit's Tropical Travels Mack Rides Scenic Boat Ride 1982 2001 Scrapped
Slammer S&S Worldwide Sky Swat March 2005 2016 Scrapped
Slippery Serpent Modern Products Juvenile Track Ride 1980s 2010 Scrapped
Snake Slide Zapfun Tube Slide 1980s 1990s Unknown
Zodiac HUSS Enterprise 2000 2005 Unknown
Treasure Island Railway Unknown Miniature Railway 1983 1993 Scrapped
Wicked Witches' Haunt Mack Rides Tracked Dark Ride 1983 2000 Burnt out

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