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"2 HOURS QUEUING FOR EACH RIDE, NOT A FUN FAMILY DAY OUT…"
I have rated this very low as although once you could get on a ride they were good, you had to queue for 2 hours per ride!!! Never again. We've been to many theme parks in peak season and never have we experienced such waiting times. Do not pay any attention to the waiting times shown as you can add on at least an hour in some cases 90mins! Make sure your in the right queue as the signs were in the wrong places. Such a shame as we were really looking forward to this one.Read moreLess
"We crashed at The Crash Pad…"
It was a gloriously sunny day when we arrived at Thorpe Park. We'd read the reviews and were a little concerned that there wouldn't be enough for DS2 (6) to do. DS1 (11) was tall enough for all the rides, whether he was brave enough for them was another thing!
As soon as we walked through we liked the feel of the place. DS2 was completely smitten by the man made beach, which gave me a useful bargaining tool for the whole day.
We decided to intersperse the larger rides with the smaller ones to make sure we all had a brilliant day. We started with Depth Surge, the water slide ride just beyond the entrance suitable for DS2. It was a huge success and a great introduction to the fun that the next two days had in store for us.
We moved through the park encouraging DS1 to try out the bigger rides and finally, after braving Swarm (tagline for this one is to Brave it Backwards. Forwards was bad enough, believe me!) his confidence began to grow. None of us, apart from my DH, were brave enough for Saw. Although we did get a kick out of listening to all the screams while we waited him to emerge, ashen faced, from his turn!
Tidal Wave was a firm favourite. DS1 loved it so much he went on it twice in a row and the indoor rolleroaster X was a hit with DS2.
After a day full of screams, laughter, getting soaked and drying off we were ready to check in to our room. The Crash Pad entrance lies teasingly to the right of the bridge you cross to enter the park advertising it's rooms at just £29.95.
The block was built earlier this year and has 50 rooms. I'd heard it was small and that the toilet flushed like the ones on aeroplanes. The receptionist opened up our door and it was small but it was perfectly formed.
The room was just big enough for a cosy double bed on one side, adjacent to a bunk bed. Above the double bed was a TV, opposite the bunk bed were power points, a small amount of storage, a safe and some water bottles.
The toilet and shower room were in one, with fresh white towels and a selection of toiletries. The toilet did flush like the ones at 35,000 feet but, for us, that simply added to the holiday feel!
We got showered and changed and headed to Bar 360 for our evening meal. Serving a selection of bar food, we relaxed into the comfy chairs at the front of the bar listening to the evening's live band do sound checks. I did notice that we were the only ones with young children. The venue was sparse, but those that were enjoying the park after hours were all teens or young adults.
Then the music started and Thorpe Park became somewhere different. It became an exclusive, intimate gig with a very talented band called Please?
Back in the room we all crashed and slept soundly until our alarm call in the morning.
Having a second day at the park was a real treat. Our whole weekend was relaxed as we took our time going to re-visit our favourite rides and trying more new ones. We were never bored.
I can honestly say that both my boys had a fantastic time. Our last hour was spent on the man-made beach. My youngest son running happily through the waist deep water and queuing up for his turn on the waterslides, my face turned towards the sun, DH and DS1 having their last go on Swarm. When we came back together to exit the park we all had smiles on our faces and spent the car ride home planning our next visit.Read moreLess
"Having won entry tickets I can't comment on the price,…"
Having won entry tickets I can't comment on the price, but my eight year old and I had a brilliant day out there in August.
We took the train to Staines and then used the shuttle bus which was just a couple of quid right to the door and very frequent.
I was slightly worried that we might have to queue as we were well into the school holidays but found the only queues were on the "adult rides" which my son wasn't interested in anyway. On the rides he liked - banana boat ride, flying fish, rumba rapids and rocky express in particular - we were able to either stay on as long as we wanted or get off, go around to the front and get straight back on again.
We bought our own snacks and drinks, but have previously visited the all you can eat Pizza Hut buffet which offers good value for money, and there are many other food options.Read moreLess
"We have been to thorpe park a number of times,…"
We have been to thorpe park a number of times, the last time we went we struggled to find things that dd2 would enjoy, she is not tall enough for most of the rides and the weather wasn't great so we could spend a couple of hours on the beach like we have in the past.
It is great for older childen and teenagers if they enjoy fast rides, but th queues a=can get really long.Read moreLess
"Thought it was great, although some of the staff did…"
Thought it was great, although some of the staff did not seem that happy. Also I had a wheelchair user with me who could only go on a handful of the rides so we was disapointed that the lift to the Nemisis was not working.Read moreLess
"Excellent rides but avoid the school holidays like the plague.…"
Excellent rides but avoid the school holidays like the plague. Its a really good place to go on an early summer or spring inset day as no queues. Its busier during the week in June & July than at weekends. Never pay full price to get in here. There are always offers on from book shops, supermarkets, fast food outlets. This makes ig Great VFM.Read moreLess
"Good if you like the fast rides, however the queues…"
Good if you like the fast rides, however the queues are often really long, not that muich for younger children, howeever the beach area is nice to have a break from the rides.Read moreLess
"Great for teenagers but not much for my son (7)…"
Great for teenagers but not much for my son (7) only 110cm tall, so he had alot of waiting round. My daughter faired much better being 123cm tall. Water rides were great although we left them to the end and had brought spare clothes just in case. Its changed alot since I went there as a kid. Would take the kids again in about 5 years but probably not before then.
Average choice of food avaliable at the normal top end pricesRead moreLess
"This theme park contains the best wet water ride in…"
This theme park contains the best wet water ride in the country, Tidal wave. You dont just get splashed, you get completely drenched. Tip, bring a spare set of clothes and keep them in the lockers or wear a swim suit.Read moreLess
"Great theme park for older children and adults. Good selection…"
Great theme park for older children and adults.
Good selection of rides with some very scary ones!
Food is reasonably priced and the queues are not very long on most rides.
I would definaly recommend the fast trak system.Read moreLess
"I love Thorpe Park and our family have been there…"
I love Thorpe Park and our family have been there quite a few times over the years. There is something for everybody and it is a fabulous day out.Read moreLess
"absolutely fabulous, provided your kids are over 1.1 metres. preferably…"
absolutely fabulous, provided your kids are over 1.1 metres. preferably over 1.3metres, and if they are 1.4 metres, then they can go on all the wonderfully scary rides, whilst you can join in with them and scream your head off.
we either take a packed lunch, or eat at kfs, which is fine. not fabulous, not terrible. just acceptable.
i gave it a very high value for money rating, becausee we go there using our merlin passes. without them, and without the annual pass, i think it is a waste of money, like all theme parks. however, with the merlin passes, you also get twenty percent of ice cream and merchandise, as well as free entry for a year. and if you live within an hours drive of the place, its more than worthwhile with kids aged over sixRead moreLess
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"We live close to Thorpe Park and usually go once…"
We live close to Thorpe Park and usually go once a year, it is great for older children and adults but for younger children it is not as good as Chessington which is just down the road.Read moreLess
"Not a patch on Chessington which is just down the…"
Not a patch on Chessington which is just down the road if you have children under 10 years old (140cm tall). You have to be 140cm for lots of the advertised 'big' rides, at Chessington you only have to be 130cm.Read moreLess
"This theme park is close to where we live and…"
This theme park is close to where we live and is lots of fun, I think it is aimed more at adults or older children, but there is still plenty for little one's to do. The rides are fantastic.Read moreLess
"Very good - loads of things to do for the…"
Very good - loads of things to do for the younger children as it has its own little beach and pool. Quite a lot of rides, some are the best in the country. What more can I say - it's great. We go about four or five times a year. It's a must for families.Read moreLess