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Thorpe Park 2016 Closed Season Updates

Its cold and the nights are drawing in. It must be time for a closed season update! Thorpe Park has been closed for a few weeks now and i think its about time we headed down to Staines for a quick walk around. No, not to go Christmas shopping. But to walk down a overgrown footpath to stare in at Thorpe Park and see whats going on behind the closed gates. 

From across the lake everything seems very piece full, its very strange looking at the park from this angle! Someone should make a film about an abandoned theme park, maybe add some zombies? We’re sure this hasn't been done before… Anyway from across the lake theres not much going on that you can see! Apart from a jet ski’er going past every few seconds trying to show off. But failing and failing in the cold lake. 

Tidal Wave has scaffolding all the way up its lift hill. It looks like work is being done to the chain lift. With the cog at the top of the lift sat on the scaffolding. 

Meanwhile over at Rush the ride looks like its missing its seats. On the zoomed in photo of it we can see the cables that secure the arms have been disconnected. No rides on rush today! Also note, the Big Top has now been deconstructed. 

Unsurprisingly nothing has been done to Depth Charge by the looks of it. With the boats still on the converybelt on the way back up to the top. Also according to the queue time sign outside Vortex the ride has “N/A” queue time. 

Continuing down Monks Walk, Samurai is still in the upright position. Platform 15 which is all still set up with the old Canada Creek train, still sat outside the old train maintenance shed. Complete with a few actors still sitting around on the train. 

With Thorpe Park confirming what we already thought would be the case. That Loggers Leap wont be reopening next year! The ride continues to still sit there and rot. During Fright Nights we went on a behind the scenes of platform and took a few photos of the state of the ride. We can’t see the park reopening Loggers leap ever again. Lets hope they prove us wrong! (Photos from inside the park taken during behind the scenes)

Rocky Express is having its normal closed season work done to it but this year it would seem the whole ride is being taken apart. The tower that sits in the middle of the ride has been put to one side with the cars, arms and wheels scattered everywhere in Old Town Canada Creek. 

Walking down a bit more, Slammer looks like its had some work done on the towers. Nemesis Inferno is all wrapped up with plastic sheets protecting the maintenance bay and station from the cold. Got to keep the engineers warm during the winter! Mr Monkeys Banana Boat ride is under scaffolding again. 

This time last year Derren Browns Ghost Train was being built, this year an extension to the building is being built near the shop. However, we cant see anything from the footpath. Would be cool if Thorpe Park did one up on us and uploaded some photos of it on their snapchat some day soon…. 

Every year during the closed season theres always rumours of certain rides getting a retheme or extra work being done to the ride. Once again this year people are saying that Rumba Rapids is getting work done to it. However, that information appears to be wrong! Apart from the boats being put down monks walk again we don't think the ride has had any work done to it. 

Meanwhile Stealth and The Swarm look very cool in the distance. Also whilst walking down monks walk towards the old farm we spotted something we would never see again! Theres a horse on some of the old Thorpe Park Farm Land. Let the rumours of the farm coming back begin! 

 

And there we have it… you can now stop wondering whats going on at Thorpe Park.  Maybe next time we see the park, Colossus will be repainted or something cool would have happened! 

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