Thorpe Park 2022/2023 Closed Season Insight
Sunday 13th November 2022
The closed season only started a few days ago but work at Thorpe Park is already well underway with the island becoming a hive of activity with rides being stripped down and inspected. With the public footpath monks walk running around the park you can get a great view of the park laying dormant.
Looking across the lake with the help of a long lens we can see the backs of the seats on Vortex have been removed ready to be inspected. A large cherry picker is sat outside Rush for high-level access, we don't think the top of Rush will come off this year, from memory it will be next year that happens again. Fright Nights is still set up across the park with the Terminal shipping containers still in place and Legacy poking through the trees. All of the lights, screen and effects have been removed but the metal structure remains. Scarezone information boards can be seen down by pizza pasta.
Walking further down monks walk, all of the Rumba Rapids boats have been removed and covered over ready for winter. If you look closely, you can see the train for Nemesis Inferno sitting in the station. Two large nitrogen gas canisters from Stealth can be seen sitting down monks walk waiting to be collected. With Wet Wet Wet removed at the start of the 2022 season the old water slide has been nowhere to be seen, however, the sign for the attraction can be seen sitting down the maintenance road next to monks walk.
We all know you've skipped straight to the section about Project Exodus and what's changed! It would appear Thorpe Park is currently hard at work replacing old fences down monks walk, a large section has already been replaced down Old Town / Canada Creek. A big improvement on what was there before! The first big step is renovating the area has begun, with the removal of the old Canada Creek Railway trains from the old train shed, which have laid dormant since the attraction closed in 2011 these trains haven't run in many years and with the rails for the train dug up for Platform 15 we expect it wasn't an easy job moving them. You can see on the wheels of some of the trains that they've been dragged through the mud to get them there. The wheels for the carriages have been removed to make them easier to transport. The fronts for the trains can be seen in one of the carriages. The old trains and carriages have been removed and put further down monks' walk, it's currently unknown if they have been sold or just relocated. If the park didn't move them now they would have been trapped forever! The train shed now lays empty with nothing left inside but some Big Top themed walls.
Looking at the old Canada Creek Railway trains and carriages, all of the doors have been cable-tied shut so they can't swing open whilst being transported. Looking at the engines, you can see the old Thorpe Park logo on them, this is the last time you ever see the old Thorpe Park logo! Your notice there are 3 old Canada Creek Railway trains and an older shunter train which was previously used for treasure island. The history of these trains goes far back!
Back to Project Exodus's construction, it won't be long until we see more heavy machinery move into the area. We expect the first building to be removed will be the Canada Creek Railway station as that will block access to the site. Rocky Express remains standing for now... but for how long! Signage for Creek Freak Massacre remains up in the entrance to the area, we expect over the next few weeks the maze will have anything worth saving removed.
It's going to be a busy closed season for Thorpe Park!