Merlin Entertainments Group
Park News - (8/26/16) We've discussed in the past about how some parks are already making plans about how they will adapt to the future market trend of catering the theme park experience to a rapidly aging population base. It can be argued that the Tokyo Disneyland Resort may be the leader in this trend of making their parks more appealing to older guests, but now Thorpe Park isjumping on the bandwagon and introducing what they are calling the "Old Aged Coaster Pass" which is a heavily discounted pass program for guests over 65-years old. And as many parks have discovered in the past, quite often guests that get into the park for a lower price are far more willing to spend the money they saved, and more, on other perks, food and merchandise. The pass is only available in person at Thorpe Park now through November 2nd.
(7/13/16) ThemeParks-UK reports that Thorpe Park has announced a new maze for Fright Nights this fall to be called Platform 15. The event will also see the return of The Cabin in the Woods, The Blair Witch Project, SAW Alive, The Big Top and Containment.
(2/11/16) Thorpe Park have announced a pair of new park experiences available for booking. One is called ‘The Journey” and as a tie-in to the new Derren Brown’s Ghost Train attraction, this is a Victorian themed ride and dine package offered outside of normal park hours. The package will also offer you three rides to experience, from a list of the park’s major attractions. “Once appetites have been whipped into a frenzy, guests will tuck into a Victoriana inspired menu curated by luxury event company Vanilla Bean. Expect classic flavours taken straight from the pages of a Dickensian novel including butterfly leg of lamb, mushroom wellington and apple and earl grey tea trifle. Guests will receive the added benefit of unlimited soft drinks as well as beer and wine, available from the bar.”
They are also offering a corporate package called “Creating a Fearless Workplace” aimed at removing worries that could hamper success in the workplace, led by keynote speaker Richard Nugent. This package will also include ride time on Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, The Swarm and Saw - The Ride, in addition to food and drinks.Contact the park for more details about these packages at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(9/16/15) Fright Nights at Thorpe Park will feature a new horror maze experience this year, The Big Top, a carnival of chaos and freakish characters. You can read up on a few more details over at ThemeParks-UK.
(8/26/15) ThemeParksUK confirms there will be two new haunts at Thorpe Park's Fright Nights 2015 event. along with "The Ringleader" replacing the Director. While the details of the new mazes isn't known, the following will return: Cabin the Woods, SAW Alive, My Bloody Valentine and Blair Witch Project.
2016 - Derren Brown's Ghost Train - (7/4/16) ScareTourUK has posted the first full review I've seen (with some minor Spoilers) about Derren Brown's Ghost Train attraction at Thorpe Park.
A couple of new images showing off the 7-Ton suspended Ghost Train used in the Derren Brown's Ghost Train attraction were sent out by the park. Guests will board the train and be "transported" to another dimension for a 10-15 minute long unpredictable adventure. The attraction will also use HTC Vive VR headsets as well, though I'm not sure if this is just part of the experience, or if the entire experience will be viewed through these.
(5/25/16) ThorpeParkCentral has posted a good, fairly spoiler free, preview of what's Derren Brown's Ghost Train is like... or at least the first part. Unfortunately the attraction is still not ready to fully open while they work on installing and perfecting all of the effects. No word on when it may be done just yet.
(4/28/16) According to ThemeParks-UK, Derren Brown's Ghost Train at Thorpe Park will not be ready to open on May 6th as planned and will instead be opening sometime later in the month.
(4/19/16) Derren Brown was on hand at Thorpe Park to test out a scary demon effect from his new attraction on some of the unsuspecting park staff. Check out the chaos below.
(3/1/16) Thorpe Park has announced the opening date for Derren Brown's Ghost Train as May 6th.
(1/19/16) Thorpe Park has announced their new 2016 attraction as "Derren Brown's Ghost Train". Think of this as a 21st Century version of a Ghost Train style dark ride experience that will mix illusions, 4D special effects technology, live action effects and much more to create a new haunted attraction like no other. Apparently VR technology will be used as one part of the experience as well, as the park has mentioned that HTC's Vive VR headgear will be used.
Apparently there are multiple experiences you can have as well, as riders will experience one of 12 different story paths that will leave them to one of two possible endings, with the story changing depending on the choices made by the riders along the way as you ride within a 65 foot (20m) long train car that appears to be suspended in the air by giant iron chains. This wont be a short ride either... the experience is said to last 13 minutes.
(12/4/15) A promotional stunt involving a couple of giant life-sized dolls walking around the Metro in London took place as an early teaser for Derren Brown's new psychological theme park ride opening at Thorpe Park in 2016. There is also a teaser site for unknown attraction as well that you can visit.
(10/27/15) According to ThemeParks-UK, an English illusionist / hypnotist named Derren Brown is apparently involved with the park's new 2016 attraction, which is said to be a "world's first" when it opens next year as the only fully immersive psychological attraction. Anyone know more about what's on the way?
(8/10/15) Scroll down to the bottom of this page at Total Thorpe Park and you can see the huge frame work going into place for Thorpe's new 2016 dark ride building. The park has also opened a new teaser website for the project at www.MindsWanted.co.uk which talks about unlocking the islands dark secret.
(8/6/15) The steel framework for a large dark-ride building is now going up next to the X pyramid structure, in front of Nemesis Inferno's lift hill. A reader did send me a picture of the teaser on the construction wall out front, and another reader sent in a picture of the site taken last month as it was being cleared. However, you can see a new picture taken this week showing the new building framework in place posted on Facebook.
(8/4/15) A Screamscape source tell us that construction has started on a new dark ride project at Thorpe Park this week. Can anyone else confirm or get pictures?
(4/14/15) A look at revised plan artwork for whatever dark ride Thorpe Park has in planning for 2016 can be found at Total Thorpe Park, where the size of the building itself has been slightly reduced. Teaser artwork has also been posted to the construction walls in the park saying that "There's A Dark Secret Coming" and that "The Island Landscape Is Changing".
(4/8/15) ThemeParks-UK reports on the latest developments for Thorpe Park's 2016 dark ride project, apparently being referred to as "WC16" or "Whitechapel". For now we know the park has applied to build a 2438 square-meter building for a fully enclosed new attraction to open in Summer 2016, to go between Nemesis Inferno and X.
The long standing rumor is that this ride might be based on the Doctor Who IP. Unfortunately, any more details are being kept very close to the vest for now.
(1/12/15) TotalThorpePark has posted new images showing off the rough plans for the park's new 2016 dark ride. It will be built next to the X: No Way Out pyramid, with the 2438 square-meter building being 10 meters tall.
(11/4/14) Thorpe Park submitted plans for their 2016 attraction to the local government office. Accordin gto the report at ThemeParks-UK the plans show a 2438 square meter building for a full enclosed attraction experience to be located on the site of the Arena and Chief Ranger’s Carousel between Nemesis Inferno and X.
Again, the ongoing rumor suggests that it would be themed to a well know IP, with Dr. Who being the most popular rumor for months.
(10/20/14) According to TowersTimes Thorpe Park is preparing to break ground on the park’s largest investment to date, a new unknown mega attraction of some kind. Lots of tree clearing has already begun near Miss Hippo’s Fungle Safari ride, the seating is being removed from The Arena and they expect to see all of Ranger Country redeveloped for the project as well. They believe that this will be the park’s 2016 attraction however. They also believe at the new attraction may be themed after a major IP of some kind and may involve more “themeing” and less reliance on pure hardcore coaster thrills. This all does make it wonder if they may be mixing the rumored “Dr Who” themed attraction concept with their big 2016 heavy-duty attraction budget.
(5/28/14) Consider this a really “WILD” rumor, but the latest whisper to come my way indicates that Merlin’s next big ride may be themed to Dr. Who. I’m not sure if that would work in theme park form myself... but just consider it something to think about.
(5/16/14) According to an early rumor sent my way, Thorpe Park may be looking into building a new highly themed ride concept for 2015. Anyone else know more? With Merlin trying their hand at building some unique new indoor themed ride concepts at other Merlin parks, Thorpe Park is due for something special as well.
2017/2018 - New Attraction - (7/7/16) From what I'm told Thorpe Park has renamed the park's old Canada Zone as simply "Old Town". I'm also told that the park's Loggers Leap flume ride is now no longer listed on their website, and on the park map the site where it was located is now listed as "Area Under Development".
Park guests may want to keep an eye out when visiting this area, as it looks like this could be the next area under development for a 2017 or 2018 project. I'm also hearing that whatever may be on the way here, could possibly involve a new theme for this area of the park. Stay tuned!
2018 - Hotel - In Development - (6/2/14) The latest news from Thorpe Park this week show off all new details for the park’s new hotel project that is projected to open by Spring 2018. Revised concept artwork and the latest details on the project can be found over at TotalThorpePark.
(9/19/06) You can see concept artwork for the new proposed Hotel at Thorpe Park here. Just click on each of the links. From the look of things however, they seem to have dropped the idea of an indoor waterpark.
(7/7/06) Coaster Force reports that Thorpe Park will show off possible plans for a new waterpark hotel to the public on July 14th and 15th.