Thorpe park is a theme park located in Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK. It was built in 1979 on the site of a gravel pit which was partially flooded with the intention of creating a water based theme for the park.
In 2009, the park had 1.87 million visitors, making it the second most visited amusement/theme park in the United Kingdom, after Alton Towers with 2.7 Million Visitors. It was the 11th most visited in Europe.
The rides at Thorpe Park are based loosely around eight themed areas. In 2008, the park expressed their aim to give each ride a stronger identity rather than being part of an area. However, the sections of the park still keep a rough setting and theme.
Port Atlantis is a large dome located at the entrance to the park after the bridge and has an underwater theme. This building contains facilities such as guest services, shops, toilets, lockers, a bar and staff areas. It includes the park’s main restaurant called ‘The Glasshouse’ and a Nestle Sweet Shop, which opens on busy days. When the park initially opened the dome was known as the Mountbatten Pavilion. The Coffee Shack opened in 2010 and is a coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. A large arcade is also located in the dome.
Lost City is the largest area in Thorpe Park, hosting the majority of the rides in the park. It has a Mayan/Aztec theme. Rides in the Lost city are Colossus, Samurai, Vortex, Quantum, Zodiac, X:\No way out, Rush and Slammer.
Calypso Quay is home to – Nemises Inferno, Detornator, Time Voyager and Rumba Rapids.
Themed around a Canadian creek. This area is home to – Loggers Leap, Rocky Express and Canada creek railway.
Themed around the Saw film franchise, found here is – Saw the ride, Saw Alive and Saw Store
Themed around a 1950s New Hampshire fishing village devastated by a tidal wave. It has its own park radio station, WWTP Radio, hosted by ‘Big Bob’. The rides in this area include – Tidal Wave, Stealth, Flying Fish, Storm in a tea cup and The Arena.
Ranger County is themed around the old “Thorpe Park Rangers” mascots. It is the smallest area in the park and is all that survives from the original Thorpe Park family areas. Here you will find – Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and Chief Ranger’s Carousel.
Themed around the mythical kingdom of Atlantis. The area is the smallest in the park with only one major ride. The area is home to – Depth charge, Neptune’s Beach, Wet wet wet, Big bashing balls and Battle Beam.