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Day Trip from London to Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park: Jason Lester takes a break from the movie biz to spend a day in this U.K. park.

From Jason Lester
Posted August 22, 2004 at 8:01 PM
I got back from Europe about a week and 1/2 ago. We had gone over for my dad to make a movie for the SCI/FI channel and filmed it in Prague. We had to live there for a month. Now imagine this: You go to a city that takes 2 days to see and try to keep yourself entertained for a month. Oh boy! At least I got to visit the set of the movie which has Amy Sloane from The Day After Tomorrow and Steve Braun from Harold and kumar Go To White Castle in it. Afterwards we visited in this order, not that order matters, Vienna (or Wien), Venice (or Venizia), Rome (or Roma), and London (or London). It was a great trip, but during the week we spent in London, we got to venture to a fun and exciting place known as Thorpe Park. Even if I wanted to go to Alton Towers. Here's what we did:

We arrived at the park a half hour before it opened and after buying tickets were forced to wait in line while annual pass holders waltzed right on it. Good for them! (If you didn't notice, that was SAR-CAS-AM.) Well anyway, after entering the park and walking across the bridge to the island, we entered Port Atlantis and grabbed some coffee and muffins and headed to the Lost City.

Our first ride of the day was one that only I went on: Vortex. You can find this ride at most carnivals and it's nothing special, but does offer up a hearty portion of thrills. Zodiac came next and this was ridden by me and our nanny Cortney. Fun ride, too short, not scary. Quantum came up next and this ride was ridden a boring two times. First by me alone, then by me and my eight year old brother Justin. Let me say it again for those of you who just like to skim trip reports and missed it the first time, BORING! We left the Lost City and headed over to Nemesis Inferno. This was a great ride and was ridden by me and Cortney. The tunnel before the lift hill is good fun, but nothing can describe the feeling as you race down a huge drop and through a vertical loop, barrel roll, and double corkscrew. I loved it!!!!!! Get the front row like we did. It helps.

After Nemesis Inferno, which is located in Calypso Cay, we went to Canada Creek for Rocky Express and Logger's Leap. Rocky Express is pretty dum and Logger's Leap is fun and I liked the double-drop. By now it was pouring rain so we walked back to the Nemesis Inferno Shop and bought ponchos. Looking like total bumpkins we went to Ranger County so Justin could ride Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari, Chief Ranger's Carousel, and Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride not once, not twice, not even three times, but a whopping four rides on this stupid, stupid, swinging ship which doesn't even go that high! Now me, craving thrills, headed to Detonator with my dad while Justin, get this, rode Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride again. Detonator is short, but fun and offers good airtime.

Back to the Lost City we headed so me and Cortney could ride Colossus (Not to be confused with the much less exciting woodie at Six Flags Magic Mountain). No, this is not your wooden coaster. This is Colossus and once you see that Guiness page posted outside the ride for the most inversions on a coaster(ten), you know you're in for one hell of a ride. After climbing the lift hill you plummet into a vertical loop and immediatly head under a bridge into a cobra roll. Next comes a double corkscrew before heading into five heartline loops in a row. This is a great coaster and worth a visit to Thorpe Park just for it. I followed Colossus up with Samurai which after Colossus was just a bit boring to tell the truth.

I walked over to Amity Cove and did Tidal Wave which was a two hour wait. But thanks to my fastpass I bypassed the whoe line and walked right on. Tidal Wave is the wettest I've ever gotten on a flume ride, but as it stopped raining right after the Banana Ride and we had put our ponchos away, I didn't have a chance of staying dry. After this and soaked to the bone we headed back to the Lost City to finish this land up and ride X:/No Way Out. I've heard bad things about this ride, but I enjoyed it. My only complaint is that it stops way to much, but I guess this makes you feel lost or something. Our last two rides were Storm In A Teacup and The Flying Fish in Calypso Quay.

Storm In A Teacup is a silly if entertaining spinning ride and flying Fish is a short kid's coaster. At least they let you go three times. What this ride does have going for it is the scenery located right by the track. Talk about a head or hand chopper. Having finished the park except for Depth Charge which had a forty-five minute wait, we stopped in Thorpe Mega Store and boutgh souviniers before heading out the gates and leaving Thorpe Park behind. I recommend this park if you're in Britain, but having not visited Alton Towers cannot compare the two. Which one is better?


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

From Jason Lester
Posted August 23, 2004 at 8:26 AM
Don't mind the spelling errors.

From Jason Lester
Posted August 23, 2004 at 4:10 PM
This is Jason's friend Evan writing while he is out of the room. Just wanted him to know it's a great trip report. Cool Jason!

From Jason Lester
Posted September 7, 2004 at 5:50 PM
Respond people!!!!!

From daniel sears
Posted September 10, 2004 at 12:51 PM
i like the park of thorpe.

i like the tidal wave and i like vortex

From Ben Mills
Posted September 10, 2004 at 3:57 PM
I think we should officially rename it "The Park Of Thorpe". That just sounds brilliant.

The Adventurous World of Chessington, anyone?

From Jason Lester
Posted September 10, 2004 at 6:05 PM
It does sound better doesn't it. How about Towers Of Alton?

From Jason Lester
Posted September 20, 2004 at 11:54 AM
Just bumping it up!

From daniel sears
Posted November 12, 2004 at 9:43 AM
yes i'm for all those

they just sound grate

From Hannah Maclean
Posted April 9, 2005 at 6:34 AM
How about Windsor Land of Lego? umm...no maybe not! Great Trip Report i love hearing other ppls experiences at Thorpe Park. Just to let you know, everytime i go to Thorpe park i buy a poncho....well i think their cool!

From Jason Lester
Posted April 10, 2005 at 8:27 PM
LOL!

From Hannah Maclean
Posted June 10, 2005 at 11:34 AM
Ive been to Alton Towers and prefer Thorpe Park! Alton Towers just doesnt live up to the hype...or is that just me?

From Jason Lester
Posted June 12, 2005 at 7:37 PM
I've never been to Alton so I can't really compare the two.

From mark walker
Posted June 13, 2005 at 11:19 AM
I have but I think Thorpe Park is better. I'ts closer, there's more variaty in attractions and the wait times for the big attractions (e.g colossues) are always shorter than the ones at Alton Towers.

From Ben Mills
Posted June 13, 2005 at 11:38 AM
Alton Towers vs Thorpe Park really isn't the sort of thing you can call easily. Alton Towers may have parts of it uglier than anywhere else I've been in a theme park (X-Sector is just plain yuck) but the gardens show actual beauty, something missing from all other UK Tussauds parks.

Rides are equally odd. Alton may have attractions such as Hex and Nemesis, but the crowds totally negate that. Thorpe may not be that busy most of the time, but with most of the rides there not being anything unique or special, it's no surprise. And Stealth doesn't look like it's going to help that.

I prefer Thorpe because it feels like the management have a marginally higher level of respect for the guests, whereas Alton is actually removing rides to fit in new upcharge attractions and carnie games. And for a supposed "theme park", that just ain't good enough.

From Jason Lester
Posted June 13, 2005 at 2:54 PM
Thorpe was very cool and I hope to visit Alton somewhere in the near future. Next time I return to England, I will make an effort to try Alton out.

From Adrian Walker
Posted June 14, 2005 at 8:41 AM
If you go to the "Towers of Alton", be sure to send in a report, I know I will when I go back to Orlando in the summer...Oops! Said to much!

From Jason Lester
Posted June 14, 2005 at 1:05 PM
Ya, I'll send one if I go, but it may not be for awhile.

From Kirsty Franks
Posted April 24, 2006 at 11:35 AM
I've never got a poncho at Thorpe Park. :(

I got a poncho at Beauleau (sorry about spelling, i have no idea how to spell that) though, does that count?

From Kirsty Franks
Posted April 24, 2006 at 11:35 AM
I've never got a poncho at Thorpe Park. :(

I got a poncho at Beauleau (sorry about spelling, i have no idea how to spell that) though, does that count?

From Kirsty Franks
Posted April 24, 2006 at 11:38 AM
oops sorry about double post! *stabs double post*

IT'S STILL THERE!

From Jason Lester
Posted April 24, 2006 at 3:56 PM
You can use edit to make one of the two posts blank, but I don't think you can completely delete it.

From mark walker
Posted April 25, 2006 at 12:19 PM
2 more months and that would have been a year since my last response. It's amazing how time flies.

From Jason Lester
Posted April 25, 2006 at 4:19 PM
Tell me about it. I can't believe I posted this report almost 2 years ago.

From Trevor Pearce
Posted April 26, 2006 at 12:32 PM
Well lets add my pennysworth. Alton Towers is probably the best it gets over here for theme parks.Some geat rides, Air, where your tipped from a straightforward seated position to a horizontal one to ride.Giving the impression or illusion that your flying..cool eh? it works well. Oblivion is 2 rows of about 6 seats it basically goes up, round and stops just short of a huge vertical drop and then slowly takes you and hangs you above it..... then it drops you, fast into a hole in the ground. Makes me smile just thinking about it :)
Nemesis is a fast twisty throwy coaster with dangly feet.
There may be other new rides but i hav'nt been for over a year. The rest of the rides are standard rides, wet,dry and fast. Well worth a day out if your over here about 3 hours from London. They do have a website www.altontowers.co.uk i suppose. The last time i looked many of the rides have a short movie.
Hope this helps. Trevor

From Gill McGillisun
Posted May 12, 2009 at 7:01 AM
I found that Alton Towers, although has some amazing rides, has far too many queues. When I went (mid season on a school day) I spent half hour queing for the monorail (word of advice don't bother walk down) An hour and a half queuing to get in than about an hour on every ride so spent £32 plus getting there to go on spinball whizzer, nemesis, oblivion and Rita!! Rita is way too fast but amazing. Good day out but too many queues. What is Thorpe park like for queues?

From Laure Dav
Posted July 3, 2009 at 2:44 AM
I may be a bit biased towards thope park as i live just 20 mins away, and i go quite alot,but i think it is a much better place. Better Atmosphere, Better Variety of rides, but most of all, there arent as many chavs.

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