Merlin Entertainments Group
Park News - (4/2/13) ThemeParks-UK reports that X:\No Way Out has been renamed as simply “X” this season. They have also confirmed the rumors that the coaster will run with the riders facing forward this year, as the ride will push riders into an experience with light, sound, intense color and music. The ride’s height limit has also been reduced to 1m.
(3/11/13) Theme Park Tourist reports that X: No Way Out at Thorpe Park will not open with the rest of the rides this month, but open sometime later this Spring. Their sources indicate that X may run forwards starting this season, and possibly incorporate a new light and sound package as part of a tie-in to the “Ministry of Sound” night club events that will be hosted in the park this year. The first such event will happen on April 6th.
(9/26/12) The crazy Merlin PR Wacky-Shack is at it again this week, but I kind of like this story. They report that Thorpe Park will begin to conduct breathalyzer tests on students in the park, claiming that too many have vomited on the park’s roller coasters while drunk. Here is the twist however… those who are tested and found to be over the legal limit, will be taken over to ride The Swarm, the park’s most extreme coaster.
Why? “Because research supported by the park has found the blast of fresh air on The Swarm is exactly what queasy riders need to settle their stomachs and avoid being sick.” “The research, which was carried out by neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis, found the blast of oxygen at high-speed improves drunk riders' metabolic rate, which boosts speeds at which toxins are broken down.” Oh boy…
I think I’d be happier if they had a designated “puke seat” to put them all in, complete with an array of mounted video cameras to record their “last ride” before they said goodbye to their lunch in mid-air. And then post all the video highlights on YouTube of course.
(8/27/12) This is just weird… but AirGates reports that Thorpe Park has applied for permission to add a “temporary” hotel at the park. It seems it will be provided by an external company called SnoozeBox who actually can provide temporary accommodations made up from shipping containers. The temporary permit will allow for the 40 containers to remain on site for up to three years, offering 117 “rooms”. Some suspect this may be a seen as a “test” to see if a real hotel would work on the site in the future. You can find some pictures of a similar setup from SnoozeBox here.
2013 - The Swarm Backwards - (3/20/13) In an interesting promotion, a new viral video was just released on YouTube from Adam... a man who claims to have just escaped from 332 days of captivity from The Swarm. Adam reports on the horrors he has seen while a prisoner of The Swarm, claims there have been changes and horrible new mutations and that The Swarm us returning in 2013. While this is obviously a promotion for the newly mutated version of The Swarm were the last two rows are now running facing backwards, I do have to wonder if there are longer term plans in the works for The Swarm as well... maybe a Halloween haunt... or perhaps even a tie into a new attraction next year. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned and see if Adam returns later this year.
(3/14/13) ThemeParkTourist took on the newly mutated SWARM, now with the last two rows of seats facing backwards, and posted a new ride review.
(1/23/13) Thorpe Park has confirmed that for the 2013 season The Swarm will run with the last two rows facing backwards. Looks like the Six Flags style “backwards” promotional movement has jumped the pond from America, but I do have to admit that I think taking on Swarm’s first drop facing backwards would be a blast.
2014 to 2016 - 2 Coasters and More - In Planning - (8/23/10) We’ve heard an interesting rumor this week, claiming that a wooden coaster may be under consideration as one of the park’s new coaster projects. Anyone else heard this?
(7/11/10) Some interesting maps show off just where Thorpe Park is planning on putting their next two coasters, posted over at Total Thorpe Park. Don’t read too much into the layouts however, I’m sure those are mainly placeholder artwork, as it’s too soon to have final layouts for both rides just yet.
(7/2/10) According to this article Thorpe Park is planning on building two new roller coasters at the park between now and 2016, which was submitted to the local council outlining the next 5-years of growth for the park. In addition the park wants to add 5 new “round rides” (aka: Flat Rides) up to 25m tall. Of the two coasters, one is said to be up to 40m tall and the other up to 50m tall, so both would come in under Stealth’s impressive 62.5m top hat.
???? - Hotel - In Development - (9/19/06) You can see concept artwork for the new proposed Hotel at Thorpe Park here. Just click on each of the links. From the look of things however, they seem to have dropped the idea of an indoor waterpark.
(7/7/06) Coaster Force reports that Thorpe Park will show off possible plans for a new waterpark hotel to the public on July 14th and 15th.