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Massive Expansion Plans for Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park: Plans involve several new thrill rides, two coasters, various shows, general infrastructure upgrades and land reclaimed from the lakes to form new service routes and islands for future attractions.

From Thomas Payne
Posted August 21, 2003 at 2:08 PM
Recently planning applications have been submitted for the expansion of Thorpe Park, Surrey (UK). These involve several new thrill rides, two coasters, various shows, general infrastructure upgrades and land reclaimed from the lakes to form new service routes and islands for future attractions. An indoor waterpark may also be on the cards, along with year-round opening.

See the plans and reports at http://www.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest/wklyplanapps/wk34/Plan_lst.htm (search the page for Thorpe Park).


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Thomas Payne
Posted August 22, 2003 at 4:00 AM
Reading in depth, it seems that when Tussauds bought the park from RMC in 1998, they also bought the freehold of the cement plant and granted a 27 year long lease to RMC. They didn't expect to get the land before 2020, but are now getting it in 2006. This allows them to expand the car park and do away with the remote overflow car parks, and in the long term, build a lakeside hotel!

Also suggested is the waterpark to the north and east of the dome, a potential kids area on the currently empty Treasure Island site with runaway minetrain and action play zone in 2011/2012, a Haunted House type ride in 2012/2013, a bobsleigh ride to the south of the dome in 2014/2015. In 2016/2018 X:\No Way Out might be replaced with a new coaster.

From daniel sears
Posted March 24, 2004 at 3:23 AM
good plans. i don't think they will do all that.

first they had a haunted house type rid called wicked witches haunt in 200 it burnt down

they have already got a children's area with a few rides but i think replacing x is a good idea

From Hannah Maclean
Posted August 7, 2005 at 5:31 PM
My view is that the park would greatly benefit from a renovation as detailed in the plans. At the moment the park has many 'wasted' areas, firstly the Dome entrance could be changed to allow space for more rides. The walkway to the park has space either side ( yes its water, but that could change). This space would fit great new rides. Thorpe Park is great, but with improvements it could be even greater.

From lotty c
Posted October 2, 2005 at 2:10 PM
renovation wud b good but gtin rid ov sum ov da clasic older rides isnt a good idea .. flyin fish's demise was a bad idea .. hopefuli we'll c its return soon ..

From Rob B
Posted June 22, 2006 at 7:31 AM
Thorpe Park have already confirmed that flying fish will be returning in 2007.
What Thorpe needs is a different design coaster... something like X in America.. Wher the chairs turn! And make the coasters bigger.. Stealth is great, but compared to Kingda Ka and Top Thrill in U.s.a Stealth is nothing!
But yer... Thorpe is fantastic and the idea of the indoor water park and a hotel... Brilliant.. Hope these plans go ahead! Can't wait... Also Thorpes selection of flat rides are so amazin! Especially Samurai and Slammer! Gotta go Thorpe.. Best park in Uk... By a long shot. I heard Thorpe are plannin to put loops in X and change the theming (Hope so! X is a load of crap lol)

From marcus o`sullivan
Posted August 2, 2006 at 8:45 AM
ive also heard there building three hotels on site even more than alton towers when you pay for a room you get a hour ealier in the park there is also rumours going around that they are to demolish loggers leap and put in a ride like vahalla but with wicked cgi effects like the mummy, good luck thorpe park

From Wessley Pearcey
Posted September 15, 2006 at 12:26 PM
Since Colossus opened up in 2002, ive been drawn to Thorpe.Before, many years back, i thought it a pretty lame place to go, and Chessington for me was the place to go.But with the inclusion of so many top rides being introduced over the past few years, have instilled a belief that Thorpe, one day would be one of the best parks around.Ive read from some articles lately that investment in Thorpe was to slow down, BAD MOVE...Im disgusted that the Flying Fish is to be the main inclusion to the park for 2007, so its getting a re-vamp....so what!! Rides such as this will not attract new guests.Same goes for the X modifications.This park has so much potential its unreal, the space around it, the lakes and Thorpe Farm, could easily be developed into a state of the art WORLD ATTRACTION.Stealth for me, is the greatest ride the park has been blessed with, but it still doesnt touch anything the Americans have.It seems to me that Tussauds concentrate there efforts on Alton Primeraly.Id also love Roman Abramovich to buy this park alone, and invest his millions in rides/theming etc and go to town with this gold mine.My suggestions would be as follows.
1) Scrap the detonator, and put a Cedar Point style 200ft+ Power tower in.
2) Instead of the proposed Flying Coaster billed for 2008/2009....put a stand-up in(tussauds have none, in any of their parks)
3) Scrap X, and install an LIM launched Coaster towering 300ft
4) Give us a LONG ride, about 5000mts in length, a Hyper or Giga Coaster would suffice.
Big is best...we all know that...give us what we want.

From HANNAH CALLER
Posted September 15, 2006 at 1:20 PM
X is closed now and the are putting some other kind of dark ride in its place. they are having to consider closing Stealth after more down tme than opening time and a recent "supposed" accident although i don't know of any confirmed reports on the Stealth accident and it could all be rumour, it will be a shame if it does close but its been having the same problem as King da Ka was having apparently

From mark lacey
Posted January 4, 2007 at 4:14 PM
Thorpe Park cannot have a coaster of any decent height like a giga coaster as it's too close to heathrow airport,Stealth is as high as they can go!
I agree a flying coaster is a terrible idea, Air at Alton Towers is a plie of cr*p!
The best thing Thorpe can do is invest in one really decent dark ride, something the park really lacks since the fire and then build a world class woodie. With Thorpes height restrictions a Wooden coaster should be high on their list, it could have a steel structure and be partly over the lake to add to the thrill.

From Peter Naylor
Posted January 10, 2007 at 9:25 AM
yes they can! if you read on stealth micro stie q+a

Did you have to warn the airport?

Good question, part of our planning application included consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority, they confirmed we do not need to install aviation lights as the ride structure is below 500 feet (nice view from a plane though

they wont build it big tho as they dont have the money and if they did they would rather spend it on hotels or on alton

From mark lacey
Posted January 17, 2007 at 12:27 PM
I always thought that there was strict height regulations at Thorpe Park and that was the reason for such a small freefall in Detonator!

The fact remains bigger doesnt always mean better,Record breaking rides tend to loose any appeal once they are beaten, you only have to look at Colosuss,not big by any means but it's main claim to fame is being world record breaker and it's a pile of junk!
The park needs a wood or steel structured GCI Woodie and it would over take all the other UK parks which are mostly sadly lacking in wooden rides!

From Lucas urner
Posted July 22, 2010 at 6:48 AM
Thorpe park is a brilliant theme park one of the best in the UK but could have a lot more potential the best rides in my opinion is stealth,saw the ride and colossus but to improve the park there should be
1.An old classic wooden ride in the farm.
2.replace x no way out and but a new ride make the new ride in the same pyramid and make the new ride with lots of holograms and other surprises.
3.make a MASSIVE! 500 foot giga coster by the lake overlooking everthing.

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