Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey has unveiled proposals to build a new 236-foot (72-metre) rollercoaster in a recent consultation event. If planning permission is granted and the new ride is built then Thorpe Park Resort will claim the title of UK’s tallest roller coaster currently held by The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach since 1994. The ride would be the Surrey theme park’s first new roller coaster since The Swarm opened in 2012.
Thorpe Parks New Roller Coaster
The site of the former Loggers Leap water ride would be widely utilised by the new rollercoaster with the plans indicating several track inversions. Visitors will be transported from the station structure around a new track over water in an exhilarating experience.
If the planning applications are approved then the new rollercoaster could potentially open in time for Thorpe Park’s 2024 season.
The Proposal for the new Roller Coasters
The proposal will involve the removal of existing rides on the development site and replacement with the new rollercoaster. Visitors will be transported from the station structure around a new track over water in an exhilarating experience. A maintenance building is proposed to the west of the station building and there will be associated facilities provided such as a food and beverage outlet and photo shop.
Below are the artist’s impressions of the new ride as displayed on the Thorpe Park Consultation website.
Thorpe Park Resort Roller Coasters
Thorpe Park Resort was one of the first theme parks in the UK. It offers a great variety of rides and attractions including some of the best thrill rides in the UK. The Surrey Theme Park already features a great line-up of thrilling roller coasters.
UK’s Tallest Roller Coasters
Theme Parks love to hold the title of Longest, Fastest and Tallest.
The The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is marketed as being 235 feet high, but this is measured from sea level. Using the same method to measure the proposed Thorpe Park roller coaster would equate to almost 300 feet high.
Click Here to view our listing of the UK’s Tallest Roller Coasters.
Food and Drink
Whatever your tastes, there is something to suit every palette from simple pizza and pasta to oriental and Mexican dishes at Thorpe Park Resort.
Thorpe Park Resort Hotel
The Shark Hotel is situated within the Thorpe Park site, a short stroll away from the roller coasters. It makes an ideal base for thrill-seekers keen to get exclusive, early morning access to the rides. The hotel sits on the banks of a serene lake and it is surprisingly easy to forget that you are just metres from some of the UK’s largest roller coasters. The hotel is close enough to the park to instil excitement, yet also offers a tranquil and secluded escape.
The on-site hotel often has some great package offers available including tickets to Thorpe Park, visit Thorpe Breaks for details.
Travelling to Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park is located 20 miles from Central London, with plenty of transport links between Junctions 11 and 13 of the M25. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction. There is also lots of accommodation available nearby.
Travelling by Train
Regular South West Trains run from Waterloo direct to Staines, which is the recommended railway station for travelling to Thorpe Park Resort.
Approximately 5 trains run per hour to and from London Waterloo, with a journey time of between 30 to 50 minutes. Staines can also be reached directly via other mainline stations. Search for your train tickets using Raileasy.
There are lots of places to stay in the vicinity of Thorpe Park. The on-site hotel often has some great package offers available including tickets to Thorpe Park, visit Thorpe Breaks for details.
If you only planning on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages near Thorpe Park available from Snaptrip.