MY BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE AT THORPE PARK- EVERYTHING ABOUT THE FRIGHT NIGHTS

Updated: Oct 27, 2018





This year we decided to spend my birthday at Thorpe Park and as Halloween is coming, they’ve organized ‘the UK’s most premier Halloween event,’ The Fright Nights: The Walking Dead. This was another reason why we decided to visit the park, and I was very excited for the autumnal mood and decorations.


How to get there: by train and Uber. Get a train from Waterloo to Staines and get an Uber (around £7) from the station to the park. This is the fastest and the easiest way to do it. But please don’t make the same mistake we did and remember to buy a paper ticket from Waterloo as Staines is outside the Oyster area. When we asked at the station where to tap out the guy said ‘you’re not in London guys! You need to actually buy a ticket!’ Oops!

There is also an Express Shuttle from Staines Shopping Centre to Thorpe Park (£3.70 return, cash only).


First impression of the park: I was captivated and very excited for the massive rollercoasters that can be seen as soon as you arrive; however, I was expecting it to look more Halloweeny. A few years ago I went to Orlando Studios in October and I remember everything was decorated with pumpkins, spider cobwebs and skeletons, which made you feel excited about Halloween (even if you don’t celebrate it). At Thorpe Park, increasingly in the evening they had actors dressed up as zombies or vampires that would scare or chase you in different areas of the park. Overall, it was a nice atmosphere but not very spooky or autumnal.


Rides (my rankings)



1. Saw -the ride


In my opinion this is the best and scarriest ride at Thorpe Park, providing everything you expect from a rollercoaster: speed, hights, twists and turns, and elements of surprise. The beginning takes place inside a sort of warehouse where it is pitch black and you cannot see a thing. This makes it very exciting and scarry, while the outside provides a thrilling ride encapsulated in the creepy Saw movie narrative.


Front Row Experience: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other Rows: ⭐⭐⭐

Max Speed: 89 km/h

Spoiler video here





2. Nemesis Inferno


This rollercoaster is really intense as it is an inverted rollercoaster, meaning that for the entire ride your feet are dangling beneth you! Nemesis is themed around a tropical, volcanic jungle with thrilling elements and forces: in the beginning you ride straight into a smoking crater, then you climb 29m above the vulcano to drop into a vertical loop and straight into a 0 gravity roll. Despite all these twists and turns you are securely fastened, making the ride super smooth!


Front Row Experience: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other Rows:⭐⭐⭐

Max Speed: 80 km/h

Spoiler video here





3. Rush & Vortex


For me these rides were so much fun! Thorpe Park is known for its variety of flat rides and these ones are the best! If you liked swings as a kid you will absoultely love Rush, which is basically a massive swing ride which will take you up 23m in height at a speed of 80 km/h. Vortex on the other hand, besides swinging, also spins. In the beginning it gives you the impression it will be a chill, fun ride but after just a few seconds it surprises you and you find yourself 22m above the ground experiecing 4G force.


Rush: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vortex: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



4. Stealth


Short and sweet! Accelerating from 0 to 130 km/h in just 1.9 seconds and reaching a whopping height of 62.5m really leaves you speachless. Unless you want a cool picture, there is no need to queue up for the front row as this rollercoaster is all about the speed and it feels the same in the front row as in the third. An absolute must!


Front Row Experience: ⭐⭐⭐

Other Rows: ⭐⭐⭐

Max Speed: 130 km/h

Spoiler video here



5. Depth Charge


This was the ride we started with, being placed right at the entrance of the park. It was super cute, making me feel like a child. You have a little boat and you ride down a slide engaging in a race with your friends/family. This was just genuinely fun and on top you don't get wet at all!


Depth Charge: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



6. Colossus


This was the world's first roller coaster with 10 inversions until The Smiler was built at Alton Towers having 14 inversions. Ending the ride with 5 inversions leaves you a bit dizzy as the ride is very intense but unfortunately not as smooth as Nemesis or Saw. No matter if you lean back or forward this ride will bang you from side to side leaving you with a headache. Auch!


Front Row Experience: ⭐⭐

Other Rows: ⭐⭐

Max Speed: 72 km/h

Spoiler video here




7. Detonator: Bombs Away


Although I experienced drop towers in the past, this one was super intense! Paul, my boyfriend, said this was the scarriest ride for him haha! You literally fly and experienge a 5G force at 80 km/h. Fun!


Detonator: ⭐⭐⭐


There are no pictures/videos with this ride as everything happens inside. Here is the promo photo

8. The Walking Dead - the ride


This is an indoor rollercoaster, completely in dark and before you reach the ride you have to pas through multiple interactive and illusionary rooms. These were scarrier than the rollercoaster that, although keeping you on the edge because of the darkness, was quite short and it had an abrupt, unexpected ending.


Front Row Experience: ⭐

Other Rows: ⭐

Max Speed: 45 km/h




9. Storm Surge


This is a super cute ride and it seemed very fun for children. You hop into a giant round inflatable raft which holds up to 6 people. The raft is elevated to the top and then released down the water slide, swaying from side to side and around until it plunges into the pool at the bottom. I believe it's more exciting during the summer as now my only concern was not to get wet! However, it was a nice drop and it gave you a well deserved break from the all the intense rollercoasters while offering a great sightseeing of the park. Nonetheless, we've waited 5 min in the queue but if it's longer than that, I suggest not to bother queueing up.


Storm Surge: ⭐




10. Saw- the maze


Known as the Britain's scarriest horror maze, this was a complete disappointment for us. We queued up for 1h to go through the maze with 6 other people I believe, in a line holding each other's shoulders. It was pitch black and confusing so your main concern was to hold tight to the person in front of you. My biggest scare was not to loose that person in front of me, not the actors that jumped at you from the dark. I believe that if you are lucky enough to go by yourself or with just one other person this maze would be very intense, however keeping in mind the massive queues I don't believe this is possible.


Spoiler video here


Missed Rides

// The swarm - unforuntately was closed

// Tidal Wave - you get completely wet in a chilly October. Pass!

// Derren Brown’s Ghost Train - more than one hour queue. Pass!

// Samurai - decided to go twice on Vortex, it looked more fun.

// Zodiac - it was closed in the evening when we had it on our list.


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