Colossus at Thorpe Park
Colossus set the Record for being the first roller coaster in the World with ten inversions. An exact replica, called the 10 Inversion Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China. Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire have added a similar 10-inversion roller coaster named Sik to their park.
Colossus retained its title of having more inversions than any other roller coaster in the world until 2013 when The Smiler with 14 inversions opened at Alton Towers.
Top Speed – 72km/h 45mph
Original Cost – £13.5m
Est Cost Today – £23m
Length – 2789ft 850m
Height – 98ft 30m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 10
G-Force – 4.2g
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 32s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2002
The first inversion riders experience is a vertical lefthand loop, this is followed by a cobra roll situated in a partially flooded pit. Upon exiting the cobra roll, the second phase of the circuit begins, snaking slightly to the left, the roller coaster train is quickly pulled through two corkscrew elements. The first corkscrew inverts riders over a section of track from earlier in the ride and the second corkscrew inverts over the footpath which leads to the ride entrance. It is an exhilarating experience with the ride now reaching speeds of 45mph, travelling slightly above ground level whilst executing the corkscrews. The next thing riders face is four consecutive heartline rolls passing only 10ft above the footpath below. A final bend round to the left is completed as the train slowly approaches the station. Just before entering the station there is a final inversion which thrusts guests close to the surrounding foliage.
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Thorpe Park Rides and Attractions
Experience over 30 thrill rides, family attractions and unique events on a day trip or short break at Thorpe Park, one of the UK’s best theme parks.
UK Roller Coaster Rides
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Thorpe Park Roller Coasters
Thorpe Park offers a number of roller coasters, ranging from the family-friendly Flying Fish to the 205ft tall Stealth which features the fastest acceleration of any roller coaster in Europe.
An indoor junior roller coaster named X once held the record for the World’s first, theatre roller coaster in the dark. This ride has now been rethemed as The Walking Dead, a horror-themed roller coaster that mixes the theatrics of a Halloween style scare attraction with the practical effects of a traditional ghost train.
Stealth is an Intamin launch coaster themed around 1950s drag racing. The ride accelerates from 0 – 80 mph in 1.8 seconds, sending its riders 205ft into the air. Stealth has the fastest acceleration of any roller coaster in Europe and is the tallest launched coaster in the UK.
Themed around the SAW horror movie franchise, SAW – The Ride is dubbed as the world’s scariest ride. It features a drop of 100 degrees and set pieces, including rotating saw blades, to accentuate the theme.
Featuring an inverted drop, the final roller coaster in the park at the time of writing is The Swarm. This ride is the UK’s first winged roller coaster, meaning that the seats are positioned beyond the width of the roller coaster track. It has a total of 5 inversions and is 127 feet tall.
Thorpe Park Offers
Thorpe Park Resort frequently offers discounted short breaks and some great deals on Theme Park Tickets. View our webpage listing of all Thorpe Park Offers.
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.
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