Advantages Good Rides, Everything Close Together, Family Day Out
Disadvantages Long Queues, No Shade, Expensive
I have been to Thorpe Park on a number of occasions over the last few years. The university I went to was about a 15 minute drive away from the park, so it was one of the places we went to at least once a year. I’ve always had a good overall time there, though when I visited last weekend there were a few downsides to the park that somewhat let down our visit. Although some of these factors are things that are not necessarily in the park management’s control, I personally felt that there should be more measures in place to combat this type of thing. Anyway, let me explain.Last weekend, me and three friends of mine decided to head over to Thorpe Park. We had decided a couple of weeks in advance to go, as I had received some 2-for-1 ticket vouchers in the post recently, so we picked a Sunday and crossed our fingers for sun. As we woke in the morning we realised that we were in luck, as it was a bright sunny day and so we drove over to the park. Thorpe Park is pretty easy to get to, with a sign on the M25 telling you which junction to come off at, and then signs pointing you all the way to the front gate. As we drove in we could instantly see the swarms of other people who had had the same idea as us, but parking was not a problem. There was still masses of space left, and with the attendants directing us into spaces it was easy to park. We then headed over to buy our tickets, and were greeted with a massive queue. This was just after 9.30, so the park has already opened but the queue was snaking round towards the car park. Luckily, an attendant told us that a booth to the right of the gate was about to open, so we joined the 15 or so people milling about there. About 9.45 the booth opened and we finally managed to get to an open window. I handed over our 2-for-1 voucher, so our tickets were cut down to £16 each. We bought a park map as well that cost 50p, so for two people I spent £32.50. This price is fine I think, though I don’t think I would go if I didn’t have a half price voucher or such like, £32 each is far too much money I think. Clutching our tickets we made our way into the park.
As you enter, you put your ticket into a reader above a turnstile. This reads the barcode on your ticket and the turnstile is opened. You take your ticket with you, so you can get in and out of the park as you please. After entering the main gate you walk across a bridge, and into a complex where there are shops selling food and Thorpe Park merchandise. There is also a Caffe Nero here and a Thorpe Park branded restaurant, regaling signs offering a full Sunday Roast. You walk straight through this area into the open air again, which is where the main attractions are. By this point it was getting really hot, and I was glad I had chosen to wear a skirt rather than jeans. We decided to head over to the back of the park and work our way forwards, focusing first on the most popular rides. We headed to the ‘Lost City’ where some of the bigger rides are, and decided to first go on Colossus.
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