Thorpe Park is just weeks away from reopening its gates for the 2023 season and lots of work is going on behind the scenes and in places visible from Monks Walk. Signs are being replaced and rides are being reassembled ready for their first guests of the year.
Rush and Vortex have received new entrance signs, Depth Charge has been repainted and the old Saw Alive boat has been moved. With the old Saw Alive queue line being removed and the area opened up a little more, the park has relocated the boat next to Saw Alive. Weirdly the doors to get onto the boat have been placed lakeside so no one will be able to get onto the boat without getting a boat first. Could we see the boat moved into the car park to have any work done to it? With the boat being in the water for so many years it wouldn't surprise us!
The Teacups ride in Amity appears to be under new management and looks to have been sponsored by Dobble. New signage can be seen on the side of the ride facing Monks Walk. Looking into the park from the same area, a train can be seen in the Nemesis Inferno station. With work happening on the break run and on the lift hill we might have to wait a little longer to ride Nemesis Inferno this year.
Project Exodus update time! Work on removing the double-down drop is complete and work has now turned towards the lift hill for the ride. Sections of the ride's drop can be seen sitting on the floor waiting to be disposed of / recycled. Looking back towards the lift hill sections of the catwalk have been removed and preparations for removing the ride completely are underway. We wouldn't be surprised if the ride was completely gone by this time next weekend! With the lift hill housing motors, cables and important systems for the ride, these will need to be safely removed first before the ride can be cut up and removed using a crane.
Around the rest of the Project Exodus site, land continues to be cleared with rocks that used to previously be in the area moved down towards the old Thorpe Park Farm area. Old Town looks totally unrecognisable! Our first rides of 2023 are definitely going to be Colossus, Samarui or Saw The Ride so we can get a view of the construction site.